They pull this trailer behind a large truck. The two cameras are in the back. You can see the covers over them ,protecting the cameras. I don’t think a camera man was with them. I think they basically hit a switch and let her run.
Category: The Big Year
This was one of two runs that they did. Can’t see much.
I really had to hide for this shot.I was shooting between some balcony posts. Security was very watchful about having anyone seen. They were filming from the back of the car on both left and right.
Jack Black in Car Scene
They did a car scene down Main St. tonight. Steve Martin was in the drivers seat and Jack Black was on the passengers side. They did a scene with rain coming down onto the car from sprinklers set up on a moving trailer.
Notice the padding on the roof to reduce the sound of the water hitting.
Mr. Black’s Profile
This was at Sunset and the light was great.Warm.
Jack Black Getting Makeup Done
Earlier ,I got Steve Martin and Owen Wilson,but Jack Black stayed all the way down the end of the Finger.
This evening shoot made up for the afternoon’s. I only got him in the evening shoot.There was alot of people buzzing about between him and me. I finally got my chance with a clear view and took it. A few moments later.Security pushed me off the street. They needed nobody on the street when they came down the hill filming.
Steve Martin,Owen Wilson and Jack Black on Set
I normally don’t do these kind of shoots, as most of you already know. However I was asked to step in at the last moment and to try and get some shots.
While I was waiting on the street for something to happen ,a woman from the Movie crew came over to me and told me that I had better be careful! She told me that guys like me are treated rough by the Grips on Set! She basically pissed me off and I became more serious as a result! I didn’t get any shots on Thursday.
I became more determined the next day (Friday), and as a result and decided to find a spot where I could shoot these guys and not be bothered. I found a good angle up on the hill above the dock,but I had to be 300 meters away!
I got my big lens out and started shooting.
In this scene,Steve Martin ( running on the dock in blue) is arriving almost too late ! A bunch of Birders are on the boat and they were going out in the boat ,The Auklet.
Steve Martin Running
This was shot a few seconds before the shot above. It was Mr. Martin’s(bottom right in blue) cue to come running up to the boat yelling and getting them to stop and let him on.
They re-shot this scene many times.
I noticed something about the boat they are using. The Auklet. I noticed it when it first came into the harbour. For some reason it’s listing to the Port! I have no idea why!
While out on a shoot on the outside,it struck a well known reef off of Tonquin Beach!I was going out in my boat that night and saw divers with their gear.It didn’t dawn on me then why they were there. I figured that they were just part of the shoot. They were there to check the bottom of the boat for damage. It must of been just a big dent,because they continued using it!
In this scene,Jack Black (upper left) has spotted his arch rival ,Owen Wilson in yellow(bottom right) and is scowling.
They are all competing Birders!
Because this is an American Film,there were many American flags flying everywhere. The setting is in Oregon.
Steve Martin and Owen Wilson (plus his dog,Garcia)
Steve Martin is getting some make up attention while Mr. Wilson looks around.
Note: I just found out that this is the shot Canwest used on the front page of the newspapers yesterday.
Mr Wilson seemed to have a constant nervous smile on.
(so did his dog,Garcia)
Steve Martin and Owen Wilson Waiting for Their Cue
Mr. Martin kept his glasses on at all times except when he was being filmed. I don’t think I got many shots of him without them!
The two women are their personnel assistants, I think!
Steve Martin and Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson and Steve Martin Chatting After Take
Owen Wilson and Steve Martin
Owen Wilson on Tug Boat with Steve Martin in Background
Jack Black (upper left ) is scowling after seeing his rival (Owen Wilson) about to come on board.
Jack Black on the Auklet
Owen Wilson Smiling At Woman Taking Care Of His Dog On Set
I think this woman is with the movie because she has a VHF radio in the back pocket of her jeans. However,she’s too good looking for the average gal you’d expect to find on set!
It could be his partner? I don’t even know if he’s married or not?
The dog is Owen Wilson’s. The dogs name is Garcia.
Steve Martin is on the left in the blue.
Steve Martin After Take
This woman saw me up on the hill shooting and had security come up to push me off.
However,I had already shot several hundred shots and decided to Book it before they got there!They were very protective around the Set.
I was thinking that they are like a Hive! They have a queen(the actors) and the entire group protects them.
(I never got stung however!)
Steve Martin Looking (BUSTED)
One of the workers on set had seen me and radioed that I was up on the hill shooting. They all have radios.The guy on the right(the makeup artist) of Mr.Martin pointed me out to him. This made Mr.Martin look straight at me.
Owen Wilson And His Dog ,Garcia
After the Take is done,they had a assistant carry their bag back to redo the shot again.
Owen Wilson (left) Pointing At Steve Martin(right) On The Auklet
They were shooting at this moment on the stern of the Auklet.
Because of the body language,I’m going to give my two cents as to whats happening.
They both are after elusive birds and both decided to do the same thing! Thinking that this was a really good idea and would put themselves with the upper hand, as it were.They are probably saying something like” what are YOU doing here,NO,what are you doing HERE”!! (or something like that)
I can’t wait to see the movie.
The line up alone has weight!
Steve Martin Running
They were shooting at this moment.
They were shooting at this moment. You can see the camera boom above everyone.
Anjelica Houston is to the right in the red plaid shirt.
Steve Martin (blue) and Owen Wilson (yellow)
Owen Wilson After Take
Steve Martin and Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson Being Greeted By His Dog
Owen Wilson on Set “The Big Year”
Owen Wilson (yellow) is talking to Angelica Houston(red Plaid shirt) who is the Captain.
I was happy to see that they filmed this with real film and not digital equipment! Films with digital have way too many white blow outs. The latitude from dark to bright white is something that film has over digital hands down. You can always tell a digital movie,the whites are blown out and have no detail.
Digital on the other hand is way cheaper and has better light gathering capacity in the darkened scenes, than film.
Owen Wilson,Steve Martin and Anjelica Houston
This is the only shot I have of all three together. I wish it was better quality and had Jack in there as well,but you take what you can get!
Ms.Houston is on the far right ,dressed in the red plaid shirt.
Ms.Houston was the Captain of the boat and she and Owen Wilson’s character didn’t see eye to eye.
She in one scene stops the boat to watch whales at one point and Owen gets upset . He yells out something to the affect”why are we stopping for stupid whales? Lets go see the birds!” and the sparks start.