2001 June 1
The crew reports at "Mokép". The G renders the account
of the spent money, the director relates about the job done
until now, and discusses about the events of the next stage.
He talks about the distribution of the film. There are hopeful
We watch the musters, and give the disposition of the editing
June 5, 2001
From the director's list of this week:
- cutting - watching musters on Beta, specifying the script,
approving the scenes;
- to give the tapes to the sound editor to make the dubbing;
- buying of Winchester (the director is sticks to the idea of
saving the film on their own Winchester until we finish the
- to arrange a meeting with the film editor;
- VHS muster for Csaba Bereczki (producer)
- special effect (in the studio from Kőbánya) - the growing
of the root under the soil; after that start shooting the decomposition
of the cat;
- finding new spots: - the mill;
- the song from the end of the film - to find a professional
singer, to hire him;
- to find the concrete song;
- Internet - to check the Diary, to present it to the producer
making the necessary correction, discussions (e-mail, search
programs, refreshing, etc.)
- Press - VOX
- "Pécsi" TV
- discussions with the PR manager
- animal trainer - discussing the land table.
2001 June 7
"Mafilm" Media Center. Editing. The director and the
cameraman are giving interview for VOX magazine. The entering
in Avid is still going on, there is not enough room. The Winchester
can't be delivered for a month by the vendor.
2001 June 8
"Mafilm" Media Center. Editing. Example: the scene
with the fishing lake still can't be edited. The director tries
a few solutions, but it isn't working. Maybe we have to omit
a big part of it. It would be pity. The cut with the consulting
room made with the steadcam is questionable too. Should it remain
as it is, or it worth to edit it? It's a hard question as many
people asked as many opinions. On the muster the bees are too
dark. We ask a test from the laboratory. We wish to not have
to shoot this scene again!
2001 June 9
"Mafilm" Media Center. Editing.
2001 June 11
About the root growing special effect recording the lights expert
of Film Laboratory asked us the following: "What is that
black and white flickering under the water?" That puts
the lid in it! We may watch it tomorrow. And we have to start
recording the decomposition of the cat: one image every 10 minutes
during three weeks. Everything is ready; the carcass is just
waiting for hungry maggots.
The zoo. Discussions with the animal trainer, Péter Huszák at
the Greenhouse's coffee shop about the mole's land-table, and
we make the casting for the catfish-to-be.
2001 June 12
Film Laboratory. Fortunately the special effect with the root
growing is usable. It isn't perfect. More than that. But this
is what we have, and it's seems that it could be saved. At six
o'clock in the evening shall come a few singers to the Operetta
Theatre to find adequate voice and face for the scene with the
girl singing at the wedding. But nobody is good for us; they
are more musical singers, who try to sing folk songs for us.
2001 June 13
Between 11 and 1 o'clock there are coming another girls to "Mokép"
for audition. We find between them some beautiful voices, but
we have a problem: they are too young. This isn't an impediment,
but we still have to look around. There are other applicants.
Among others an elderly woman. Sometimes we have to organise
At "Kőbánya", at "Mokép"'s premises in the
out of use cellar the biologist is preparing the mole's land-table.
The director examines the preparations. By afternoon the fahrt
is ready. We record five-five seconds, after that they start
the six squares exposition by hour.
2001 June 15
The scandal brakes. Due to some misunderstanding, misinforming
or other reason the producer hears that the cat that is lying
under the camera and millions of maggots was killed just for
our film. So, referring to the animal protection law - with
good reason - he demands to stop the recording. The director
doesn't understand the producer's worrying because he knows
that before we have got it, the kitty laid deadly on some highway,
then in a refrigerator. The animal protection has nothing to
worry about it (if they still are, he is willing to show them
the film "Greenaway: ZOO"). Since nobody understands
anything of it, and nobody listen to no one, the dispute is
degenerating more and more. The director is asking only to postpone
the discussion to Monday for he doesn't want to leave Pécs and
the National Theatre Meeting (about that see: www.poszt.hu),
but the producer is gathering the whole crew. If tomorrow the
director won't be present, he stops the shooting. Phone calls
through and through, but from that there are making profit only
the telephone companies.
2001 June 15
At seven in the evening, at "Mokép" meet the producer,
the assistant producer, the director, the cameraman, the executive
producer, the animal trainer (the former owner of the alive
kitten and the "trustee" of the dead kitten), and
the biologist that supervise the decomposition. In no time they
pour oil on troubled water, everything clears up (maybe because
everybody had to listen to everybody…), but the producer permits
to continue the recording of the special effect only with preparation.
He anyway gave the last honors to the dead cat. Everything is
all right everybody is smiling. The crew decreases with one
of the producers and the biologist, who finished his mission.
2001 June 16
Discussion about making more useful and nice the Internet page.
2001 June 17
Discussions about the logo draft, that the director wants to
use as a publicity element for introducing the film.
2001 June 18
The director and the assistant meet to work on the disposition
book of the last stage of shooting. The assistant is two hours
late, he left a message that he will be late but he didn't consider
the short stand-by period of the phone (I admit, that depends
on the phone's age), namely the phone can be used in stand-by
only for two hours. So they have a great dispute on this theme.
But everybody is happy to serve another day on the altar of
2001 June 20
Folk-singers are arriving to "Mokép". Audition. The
teacher, Éva Fábián and her students are very well prepared.
They sing every song on the given theme "I'm orphan".
2001 June 21
Search for settings. We are very welcomed at "Ferencvárosi
Malom" (The Mill from Ferencváros) They show us all the
production fazes, like at factory-visit for children. Then we
look for a police station: an office in a prefabricated house
built in village surroundings, near Budapest. We find only schools
in Dunaharaszti and Ócsa region. Monday we'll go on with the
In the afternoon the cameraman meets the director to discuss
about the shooting.
2001 June 22
Further driving around Budapest. We go for Csömör and Gödöllő.
After visiting some school and police building we find something
acceptable: a small primary school, where we luckily meet the
caretaker who is happy to show us around.
week of June 2001
Further editing. During the preparation are made, the director
tries to contact the editor, whom he had worked last year on
this film. But nobody disposed the editor, so she accepted a
bigger TV work. At the director urge she make herself some time
for the film, but she often dozes off in front of the monitor.
From this originates another conflict: the director is worrying
for the film, he wants to try some new things with the editor,
but she can't pay attention to the monitor after 8 hours of
work. Moreover, he feels like the director is aggressive with
him, he wants to pursuit her to do something that doesn't work.
Instead of working long hours of psychical talks, reminding
of some old, ugly stories ending with morals. One thing is sure:
the assistant editor introduces all the recorded material to
the machine. The director decides to edit himself the questioned
parts in order to find the weak points that could be corrected
in the next stage of shooting.