Behind The Scenes notes on EENDAG: Waking up in a desolate world

The following is behind-the-scenes notes by Marius Mooikasteel on the making of EENDAG: Waking up in a desolate world:


After some kind of nightmare, a guy wakes up in the desert with no idea who he is or how he got there. Soon he is joined by a flying robot that makes sounds but can't talk. Together they have to find out who they are and what the purpose of their mission is.

Kevin Sweefarend Kevbot Marius Mooikasteel

I love watching this movie! Brings back memories of a great adventure.

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The shoot for this part of EENDAG was quite an outdoor adventure.

That doesn't mean it was all easy though.

Firstly, I'm afraid I forgot the script at home and had to write the entire thing over again on someone else's computer the night before. It's actually quite interesting now to compare the original script and the one that was hurriedly created to stand in.

Then of course there was the logistics of doing a shoot that takes place before sunrise and then be in place to get a shot of the sun rising at just the right time.

This entailed getting up really early while it was still dark. I think it was like 3:30 in the morning that I had to start getting ready.

Then there was about two hours of walking involved, and climbing up a really high mountain. I remember my calves burned severely, while at the same time I didn't want to sweat too profusely.

Finally I was up there and ready to start shooting.

And yes, I did finish all the shots that needed to be done before the sun rises, and then made the shot of Guy X walking down a slope with the sun rising in the right part of the frame.

The latter shot was quite tricky, because I couldn't tell exactly where the sun was going to rise until it actually started doing so.

So basically I had to guess where the sun would come up, and calculate it into the composition.

Worked out fine in the end.

The baboons were a bit of a disappointment. I spotted them many days there on the mountain above where Guy X goes to the water. It was like their favorite hangout place.

However, as these things go, on this particular day that we shoot the scene, the baboons were nowhere to be seen. We only found them many days later at a completely different location, completely unexpectedly, and had to get some shots zoomed in from very far away and rather unprepared.

The baboon shots don't look too bad, but it's not what it could have been had they been right there where we expected them to be and they'd have been close enough so you can see their faces and see more of them being busy nursing their children and chewing stuff and playing around and whatever these creatures do.

As it is, the shots of the baboons aren't many and they're not bad and just have to do now.

Another thing is the water that Guy X ascends down to. At times, there is a river flowing here really violently and beautifully over the rocks. Quite a sight to behold.

But, unfortunately at this exact time we were there to film, there wasn't much water; just puddles as can be seen.

But even though it seems I'm only whining and complaining, all in all, I'm actually very happy with this movie. Love it!


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