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On Set with Alan Greenstein: Filming “Camp Wilson”

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by Ms. Black Hollywood

It’s time for another trip to the studio and a look behind the scenes in our series On Set with Alan Greenstein.  Alan is a longtime friend  and supporter of The Reel Network and we are pleased to announce that he’s making time in his busy schedule to join our writing team as a contributor.

Support Our #creatives is Alan’s passion “brand”, under which he offers services in various aspects of production, including funding/investing, IMDb page management, social media management, pre-production work, and on-set work. The blog of the same name documents his experiences and those of his colleagues in the entertainment industry; provides information on various aspects of film, TV, and new media production; and he conducts interviews with creatives.

Alan is involved with various aspects of Hollywood film making including proofing scripts, editing, funding and providing artistic input.

Alan is taking us back to the set of his latest film “The Laser Effect” directed and written by Tashaun Stanfill-Perry of Sir Brael Entertainment and starring Honour Drew, Alyse Hamilton and Stanfill-Perry.

In his blog Support Our #Creatives,  Alan walks us through a typical day as an associate producer on a film.

Today, Alan takes us on-set for the film “Camp Wilson”.


I was on-set today at the film “Camp Wilson”, written and directed by Barry Battle. I am an associate producer. This was the last day of principal photography.

Grieving the death of her family, Sarah is confronted with baffling news when a stranger enters her world claiming the murderer was wrongfully convicted. – from Camp Wilson IMDb page

 

“That’s a wrap” for Principal Photography

Principal photography is the phase of film production in which the project is filmed, with actors on set and cameras rolling, as distinct from pre-production and post-production.

The term “wrap” originated in the early days of the film industry, to signify the end of filming. It is sometimes said to be an acronym for “Wind, Reel and Print”. In my experience on-set, I have also heard “wrap” being used when filming is done at a location or filming is done for the day.

Today was the wrap of principal photography of “Camp Wilson”. I even took a 3-second video of Barry saying “That’s a wrap!”


The “Sugar Plate”

A prop (short for “theatrical property”) is an object used on stage or on screen by actors during a performance that is movable or portable on a stage or a set.

One of the props used today was supposed to be a glass plate with some vegetables on it. But the prop was made of sugar! This plate was to be thrown and break into pieces. Being made of sugar, it would not really hurt anyone and would easily break apart. Many props that are meant to hurt a character are made of special material to avoid real injury. Other examples are hammers, knives, and bottles.


Behind the Scenes Photography

All photos are from the author’s collection, unless otherwise indicated.

Camp Wilson slate
Jordan Miller, Daniel Wyland, Barry Battle, Donnie Spears

Conclusion

It is always a special experience for me to be on-set. It is extra special when a major milestone is reached, such as the start and end of principal photography.

By the way, cast and crew are being filmed in a “The Making of …” short. I described how I came to work on the film as an extra and later became one of the associate producers.

I will continue to document the “Camp Wilson” experience.

Please provide your thoughts and questions in the comments. I would really enjoy hearing from you. If you have a topic in mind you would like me to cover, please let me know.


For more behind the scene glimpses follow along with Alan as records his experiences on his blog on his website Support Our #creatives

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