Again, principal photography commenced.   You always wanted to work in pictures; how many people get to say that they ever started principal photography AGAIN? As the whole entire internet knows, I’m currently serving the world on the set of GOLDFISH, an un-mystery in Parkdale, about a memory-impaired athlete who can only recall the last …
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Adventure: GOLDFISH – Day 2.1, or, ON THE BEACH

Again, principal photography commenced.  
You always wanted to work in pictures; how many people get to say that they ever started principal photography AGAIN?
As the whole entire internet knows, I’m currently serving the world on the set of GOLDFISH, an un-mystery in Parkdale, about a memory-impaired athlete who can only recall the last moments, who loses and now must find his girlfriend’s dog.   
I guess the story we’re working on is pretty lucky. It almost couldn’t happen. But here it comes.  
It’s coming, soon.
It’s a cold day on the lake when it gets to be October 17. Believe it.
James Morley is a trooper. Batman-like, he’s in a weather modified costume, a regular 1974 Clint Eastwood, ready to go gangbusters and get it done. He runs *better* than Tom Cruise as Trinity in the opening of THE MATRIX. He’s doing incredibly well considering how long he’s been waiting to shoot this scene.
Maverick is a lot of fun and everyone just loves him. I’ve seen people coo over his photographs, but I think anyone who knows him would say he’s even better in real life. He’s a friendly fun guy and so polite that he does whatever his personal care valet Brandon tells him. Maverick is in many moments what they call a one-take wonder. I think everyone is excited about showing you his talents and his verve. We all shot the chase scene today, and Maverick really flashed a few grins at the camera, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the editor keeps those shots, or at least one or two of them. We shot the chase scene with him having fun, loving being chased. It’s normal to look back at the human chasing you, and grin at them like you’re finally having real fun for the first time. He’s a cute guy. Anyone on the crew can tell you he’s kind of the star — and Mr. Morley has no vanity, and says the same thing. Brandon actually is also a total film crew guy! He has a real job and profession and career, but you can tell he’s the kind of guy who loves to learn and pitch in on a film set. He’s a great guy and happy to throw in a hand anywhere he can when Maverick is secure and doing good. We’re a lucky crew to have Maverick, but also, we’re lucky to have Brandon.
Derek Barnes is the Dan Poole of Toronto. To those to whom that name means nothing: I pity you. However, let me try to put it in terms you’d better understand: Derek Barnes is the Ontario Orson Welles. A thousand times, this picture has been planned to have “just okay”, totally sufficient camerawork. Derek walks in and just proposes something Orson Wellesian, panning with this, and then craning with that, and then pushing in on another, and he has a breezy easy confidence that he can pull it off in X number of minutes. Today, on the beach, “Orson Welles” really doesn’t do him justice, guys. Really. Like, the best thing I could say is, “Jason Bourne”. He actually seemed to thrive on tasking himself to get another pell-mell full-speed tracking shot with the actors, in his running shoes, carrying a 50 pound . “No, just one more, it can be better!,” is his battle cry.  
Joshua B. Hemming found out today that he was the composer for the film. He was excited, though I’m not sure how much composing will have, versus sound design. Then again, in a way, perhaps the sound design will feature a lot of composing. Joshua looks great in a navy ¾ length classic peacoat and he looks forward to spending a cozy winter working on the whole entire soundtrack to the show. His hour to shine is yet to come! But he’s still a hands on and practical sound recordist to have on set. Today he was running on the boardwalk in his sock feet to record Maverick’s paws in the sand.
James ‘Doogie’ McDougall (if that is indeed his real name…) stalks our set like a prowling tiger, if a tiger had the upper faculties needed to be a sheepdog, and could know and exhibit the skills of shepherding and fencing and nipping. He’s probably a good counterpoint to Derek Barnes, actually: Derek (like any filmmaker) could spend ten hours discussing the shot and the scene, and Doogie will step in and make him focus. Maybe Derek truly lucked out meeting this guy. And, he gives nice hugs, too. 🙂
Tyler Ellison. What a man. He pulls so much off, he is on top of so many things. Honestly, it is really rare to see a producer on a set who appears to thrive on this kind of particular turmoil and chaos. Is Tyler thriving, or merely coolly sucking it all up? To this reporter, it’s impossible to tell. Dunno. He doesn’t get upset or stressed or frustrated very easily. He’s in it because he loves the game, and just wants to commit to it. He loves the chase, the hunt, the work, the pursuit. He’s like Justin Chatwin that way. Tyler handles a lot and doesn’t expect any share of any glory: he’s totally willing and HAPPY! to watch the equipment while everyone else dashes off to do the fun part of making a picture. Tyler is worth his weight in platinum. No wise person would trade him for anything less. I knew Tyler played hockey, however I actually found out tonight that he’s a goalie. I think the whole crew would say that Tyler’s there to save the team. It’s interesting that that’s his hockey position.
Anyone in the world with a sane perspective would feel gratitude to work with people like these. It’s not as warm as it was four weeks ago, team. And, there’s less light, too. We pulled it together and got it done.  
It’s very likely that the producers of this monster (Ulla Laidlaw, Thom Jenkins, Cesar Barbosa, and Tyler and Justin) will be happy with how this all turns out in The End. It ain’t over till it’s over.
It’s coming, soon. GOLDFISH. It’s a suspense-love story-drama-comedy about a memory-impaired man who loses and now must find his girlfriend’s dog – before she gets home from work. It’s mostly silent, but it does have some dialogue. There’s a construction notice posted outside for big, possibly major, roadwork. It could be happening while we’re shooting here. Who knows. If that’s what god wants in our movie, we shall kneel and be grateful for accepting what we are given.