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Chasing some windmills

Posted at 5:25 PM on October 3, 2006 by Euan Kerr

Due to the excitement yesterday with Julie Walters visit, I neglected to mention I spent a fascinating few hours with the Chasing Windmills crew on Saturday.

Cristina Cordova and Juan Antonio del Rosario began creating their daily episodic narrative vlog a couple of years back. Their first two seasons of highly produced three-to-four minute episodes swirled around the collapsing relationship of a stressed-out modern couple. Cordova and del Rosario played the starring roles, basically handing the camera back and forth as they shot each others lines.

In the third season which launched 8 days ago, there are a whole lot more characters. There are also 105 episodes planned. Cordova, who describes herself as the logistics person says she has piles of lists littering their apartment, as she keeps an eye on everyone's schedule, and when they might be needed for a scene.

It's pretty crazy what they do. They shoot much of the weekend, edit during the week while also shooting any pick-up shots they need. They post new episodes around midnight each weekday. Cordova says they have a "meltdown" about once a week as they question their own sanity.

Then, having vented, they get back to it.

While they are experienced making film, they have had to adapt to the realities of creating images for a screen which will only be a few inches across. There are very few long shots, lots of close-ups, and it's cut as snappily as a music video.

I watched them shoot a scene in a Minneapolis warehouse district office, and then in Runyons Bar. Surprisingly people paid very little attention to what was going on in their midst. Doesn't every bar have a film crew shooting by the door?

All being well the report will air sometime next week.

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