SPRING Is Springing To Life With A Set Visit & Photos
Late November. A field in Italy. Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, producer David Lawson, the actors and crew of the film Spring have arrived to shoot the final scene. This is the day: they must get the shot, and it must be a clear sky. While it was raining in Polignano (their shooting base), the weather apps on everyone's phones said it would be sunny. But the rain continued, and when they arrived at the location, it was a torrential downpour. While the forecast teased them with the icon of bright yellow sun, the sky showed only grey. The guys were getting desperate and ready to sacrifice something or someone to the ancient Roman gods. Mario, the 1st Assistant Director, told them that another crew member was also a fisherman, and good at reading the clouds. So they climbed on the roof of a nearby building, where the fisherman slowly looked at the sky for a good five minutes. After musing on it, he said something to Mario in Italian. Mario translated, "He says it will not get worse. It should clear in about an hour." That was the time they needed to set up, so the crew got to work. After about 45 minutes, still raining, Benson, Moorhead, and Lawson got on their knees and prayed one last time. Minutes later, the sky was clear, the sun was out, and they got the shot.
After the success of their first feature film Resolution, Benson and Moorhead headed to the south of Italy for their new film, Spring, which has just wrapped up principle photography. Spring is a love story about a young man, Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) who heads to Europe after a personal trauma. He meets a beautiful woman, Louise (Nadia Hilker), who carries a dark secret. There is a facebook page for the film, where you can see photos from the set.
I spent a few days with them on the set, watching them work, talking to the actors and crew and eating far too much pasta and bread. We talked about the fantastic mode, the film, the actors, the state of American independent cinema, and the joys of working in Italy. (While I now know most of the film, fear not, I will spoil nothing).