Photos from Day 7 of Scum, on February 15, 2009. Day 6 was on November 21, 2008, so we had about a 3 month hiatus from filming because it basically snowed every weekend between the end of November and mid-February, which was a never ending source of stress because we had to plan to shoot every weekend and then cancel every weekend. I remember being really concerned about the continuity of the exterior scenes jumping from the end of Fall to the end of Winter, but in the end this was a detail I barely paid any attention to when the film was finished. During the break, we discovered and changed a few things. When we got the footage developed from technicolor, we found that a lot of it was unreasonably grainy and in particular our Day 1 exteriors looked pretty bad both between the crazy noise and rainy weather that day, so we ended up reshooting those scenes (also, our original one-off cop was very stiff.) Also during the break, we expanded the script from 13 pages to 20 pages, giving more lines and life to the detective who arrests Alan at the end of the film, and more scenes to flesh out Alan and his Mom. A lot of this resulted from brainstorming with my DP James McEvoy, whose senior thesis film “Whiskey Horse,” was a source of inspiration for “Scum.” The personal downside for the expansion of Detective Martinez was for the actor of the part, Dean (@dinodeano
,) an FTC alumni who at the time worked at the school, and was one of my “film school heroes,” cause the guy was so unbelievably talented. Dean had longer than usual hair when we shot him in the first round of the movie, and because we had to wait three months to film his new parts, he also couldn’t cut his hair for continuity’s sake (which, actually resulted in his hair being longer than it was originally anyway, but it looked awesome.) Dean’s additions really made this film whole for me, and his “Detective Martinez” performance actually netted him a “Best Supporting Actor” award at our school’s yearly film festival. The guy was just such a character in real life that I thought it would be amazing if we could harness that swagger for this film and I was beyond pleased with the result.