Juan Carlos Oganes' film-making and work blog.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The "Answer" scene

The famous "Answer" scene was filmed yesterday. Even though I was at location at 7am, we had a late start do to some technical and acting delays put it then went fine.
I always loved the well-known oil painting by Lepiani of that scene and tried to recreate it in a way. Of course, lighting makes a huge difference there as mostly all light available in 1880 was sunlight and candles. Electricity was not much popular and specially in Arica so I had to recreate most of the light coming from the windows and bounce it around the room to light the other actors in the back in a very natural way without making it look too artificial. It was De la Cruz Salvo's first scene played by actor Patricio Villavicencio. Rehearsal of the Chilean accent and attitude was critical so I took hours to make it right.

The extras played their part by doing the parts of the other peruvian officers apart from Ugarte, Zavala, Arias y Araguez, Inclan, More and Saenz Peña who were played by the actors. Heaven-sent guys!

I was pleased with the results. Now off to bed. Sleeping just 2 hours per day is really starting to affect my stamina. Need to catch up with it but there's little time to rest and lots to do still. Deadlines are tight.