Chuy and I (Gloria) drove down to San Diego very early this morning at met up with the Unique Ladies car club for breakfast, and to update them on where the documentary is going and how the kickstarter process works. Everyone was supportive and excited. Our goal has always remained; to have this story told. We soon hopped into our cars and headed over to Chicano Park for the shoot.
We wanted to keep a low profile so we tried to limit the driving shots as much as possible (cops are always patrolling). But when we arrived at the park we noticed a few photo shoots going on. Amigos Car Club had some of their members with their cars and women dressed as rockabilly girls. There were also a few independent models posing around the park as their photographer shot their photo at various locations across the park. As well as a random camera guy and his assistant. Needless to say other patrons of the park seemed pretty desensitized to media recording going on. What they weren’t ready for were three gorgeous lowriders to drive up with women behind the wheel.
As Chuy and I prepped the camera and equipment, a family came over to the cars and started asking questions. Linda explained to them a bit about the club. The daughters were amazed at the vehicles and Linda treated them to a seat inside, flipping the switches up releasing squeals from the girls. These are moments I appreciate, when passer byers interact with the club and support their endeavors.
We started shooting, Chuy filmed while I kept going over the points I want to get across in the kickstarter video. Chuy got various shots of the ladies in their cars crusing down the street, criss-crossing doing the worm, and hopping. Then it was time for me to hop into the car and start recording my part. Once we got into a groove a classic mishap occurred and the lavalier microphone wire broke. Chuy had the hindsight to check out a boom microphone and pole from the rental house, so there was a back up, but we were short a crew member to hold the boom pole. Linda stepped in and held up the microphone, Chuy was great at giving a crash course in audio. We shot a good majority of the takes needed, and then took a quick battery change break. Next up was Sherry she stepped in to help with the boom mic. It was quite the family affair, and I appreciated that the ladies were willing to let their arms go numb for the good of the video.
We got to our final shot were the Unique Ladies join me on camera and give the kickstarter campaign their stamp of approval. Since all the ladies were in the the shot, we needed someone to hold the mic again. In comes Big Mike, Linda’s boyfriend, he had stopped by to check on the shoot earlier and had been hanging around watching. Mike helps us with the last few shots and then pops into the camera frame when I thank him for his help. In the kickstarter video I will explain how lowriding and independent filmmaking are similar in that it takes community involvement, at any level. The club stepping in to help just solidified that concept.
After taking a few silly photos together, we parted ways. The Unique Ladies and Mike took off and Chuy and I backed up the footage on the laptop as insurance. It was a great shoot and it will soon become a great kickstarter video. Thanks for the support. ~g
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