Day Two of Three for Mazda6. They wanted to get footage of me driving through the countryside. They found a nice chunk of countryside 130 miles north of Los Angeles near Buellton, CA – Home of Andersen’s Famous Pea Soup. That culinary delight was lost on me, since the only thing I hate more than peas is… THAT.
They say that actors are paid to wait. C’est vrai (That’s true). I drove up on the 10th. At 5:30am on the 11th, the crew and I left the hotel, piled into vans, and headed for the location a half hour away. I thumb-twiddled until about 2pm in my trailer. At that time, I got in the car that was being pulled around by a truck with the camera on front. We made a few passes. 45 minutes later I was back at the snack table. At about 5pm, they were ready to shoot my hand shifting gears. That took about 5 minutes. And we wrapped for the day. The only thing exhausting about the day was getting up on only a few hours sleep.
By the way, the Director of Photography (the dude who actually operates the camera for the director, who makes sure that the shot looks good) is Billy Pope. He was the DP for The Matrix films and Spiderman II.