Lost Line of Dialogue
When Jacqueline Kim as "Darcy" abruptly leaves the rooftop,
she whispers to Eugenia Yuan as "Lori" as the two hug good-bye:
"I thought about what you said. I won't see him again." The
words, which are barely audible in the final sound mix, make clear a connection
between "Lori's" accusing words and "Darcy's" decision
to give up on her love affair with "Michael." Sound mixer Brad
North convinced director Eric Byler that a soft voice would not realistically
be heard from such a distance.
Punched for Nothing
Prior to one of his more challenging scenes, lead actor Michael Idemoto
asked gaffer Cain Angelle to punch him hard in the ribs. Angelle obliged
and Idemoto successfully transferred the pain in his ribs to the emotional
pain his character felt but was unwilling to show. As luck would have
it, the scene was cut.
During filming of the infamous scene where "Michael" listens
through the wall, the house blew a fuse, and all but one of the lights
went out. Rather than fixing the fuse, the crew simply adjusted the aperture
and kept filming. That's why the scene is so dark.
"There Used To Be A Door There"
The wall that Michael Idemoto listens through in the above-mentioned scene
was fashioned by production designer Robert Shinso. Shinso built the wall,
which was to cover an arched doorway, on a very tight budget and an even
tighter schedule. With only hours to go before the first scheduled shot
to include the fake wall, Shinso plugged in a giant fan hoping to dry
the plaster in time. The result was an intricate system of cracks that
made it perfectly obvious where the real wall ended and the fake wall
began. When he arrived and saw Shinso's handiwork, Cinematographer Robert
Humphries was not exactly pleased. "Would you look at this?"
Humphreys said in his baritone Zimbabwean accent. He turned to director
Eric Byler and quoted one of Michael's lines from the screenplay: "There
used to be a door there?!
No shit!" Byler joined Shinso and
the other crew members in wild laughter. Byler had already announced that
he loved Shinso's fissured wall, which he considered a poetic reminder
that Michael's childhood home was no longer whole. To this day, Byler
and Shinso delight in repeating Humphrey's exclamation, pitiful Zimbabwean
Punched for Nothing II
So back to the filming of the infamous wall scene: if you look closely
at the last glimpse of Michael Idemoto in that scene, you'll see a man
who is about to punch his fist into a wall. Unfortunately, Idemoto's powerful
strike landed just to the left of the flimsy fake wall, smashing through
a well-reinforced, actual wall instead! (In Idemoto's defense, it was
awfully dark-- see above
) The next morning, director Eric Byler
filmed Idemoto as "Michael" fixing the same wall to give him
the option of using the punch in the film-- scenes had already been shot
without the hole in the wall. But during editing, Byler decided not to
make the punch part of the story. Both the punch and the fixing of the
wall are viewable on the DVD bonus features.
Road to Nowhere
The road trip undertaken by Matt Westmore as "Justin" and Jacqueline
Kim as "Darcy" was shot over the course of 12 hours in different
spots along Interstate 5 between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Director
Eric Byler and Cinematographer Robert Humphreys were the only crew members
to accompany the actors, which meant Byler also served as sound mixer,
boom operator, and assistant camera. For the car-to-car shots, Byler was
also forced to operate the camera because Humphrey's Toyota had a standard
gear shift and Byler, at 29, still hadn't learned to drive stick! As the
sun went down, the four stopped for dinner at the Willow Ranch Inn (pictured
in the film) in Buttonwillow, CA. After ordering his food, Byler grabbed
the camera and jumped in the picture car- a BMW which was thankfully an
automatic-to grab one last car shot. Byler filmed out the driver's side
window, speeding north on Interstate 5, and captured the beautiful dusk-lit
shot of cars zooming the opposite direction.
Sometimes the truth is in the lie
This cryptic truism, featured on the "Charlotte Sometimes" poster,
was penned by Jacqueline Kim.