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The Delicate Balance of Power in Producing a Movie
Day two of the shoot of Stolen Summer doesn't go any smoother than day one did. To add a little more pressure, producer Chris Moore is at the location. Things start off badly, when it takes much longer than anticipated to rig a process trailer with a camera to tow a car behind it for the first shot of the day. To make matters worse, the shot is framed so that non-period cars can be seen in the background. Moore points out that there was no need to have the shot take place in a moving car to begin with. He questions the decision-making of the production team. Things get even worse when the caterer doesn't show up with lunch. Union rules state that if the crew isn't fed by one o'clock, the production has to give them penalty pay. And then the camera short-circuits. "This was not a banner day for the organization of Stolen Summer," Moore dryly tells his production team when they finally do sit down for lunch. He tells Jeff Balis and Pat Peach that they have to say no to Pete Jones sometimes, despite Jones' propensity for saying, "Over my dead body." Later, Peach tells Moore privately that he was talked into the camera car by Balis, and questions Balis' leadership ability. Peach and Balis later advise Jones to come up with a new catch phrase in his dealings with Moore. The production moves to another location, and they finish the day early. Balis suggests getting a shot that had been planned for another day, but when Moore isn't looking, Jones and DP Pete Biagi add a new shot instead, which leads to a heated confrontation between Moore and Jones.
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