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Last night, my producer took the above photo with his cellphone. No, my crew does not consist of only heroin addicts; Monday night was simply another late one. Fortunately, the last scene of the day, while as dramatic as what we'd shot the night before, lacked the performance pyrotechnics to wake the neighbors. It was a quiet, deeply affecting exchange between Gbenga Akinnagbe and Dorian Missick. And even though I'd written it, by the time I called "action," the moment had evolved into something I'd not foreseen. For a writer who is used to the relative control of print, that takes some getting used to. But in the end, it was a wonderful experience.
Afterward, we wrapped Dorian for good with a round of silent applause—it was, after all, 4 a.m. The actor was the first of our principal cast to sign on, so signing him off really brought the notion home: There's only two days left in principal photography. Sure, I'm staring down the barrel of multiple weeks of grueling editing and post-production. But as far as this stage of the process is concerned, I can honestly say we're almost there.
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