2010年02月09日

市川海老蔵登場! 5

去年の夏から撮影が続いていた『死にゆく妻との旅路(仮題)』も、長い検討の結果『死にゆく妻との旅路』と題名が決定しました。1月に冬の富山・石川ロケを終了しました。今回はあの「餅きんのケイタ」は登場せず、美味しいロケ弁で幸せな撮影でした。印象的だったのは塩ジャケで、今まで何千切れと食べているはずですが、初めて美味しいと思って食べました。食の宝庫かもしれませんね。

石田ゆり子さんは夏から更に3キロ減量して、末期癌患者を熱演しました。

また、今回のロケでは、夏に撮影した分を補完するようなアップショットも撮ったので、ライティングや美術のセッティングが同じになるように、抜き焼きしたDVDを参考にして、まるで間違い探しのような頭を使う撮影となりました。でも、これって結構楽しめましたね。
三浦友和さんも無精髭を伸ばし、一生懸命ヤツレテくれましたが、どうやってもカッコいいんですよね、これが。日本一の美男美女のカップルですから、キャスティングされた時点でこの作品の運命というか、テイストというか、方向性は決まったんです。

現在は編集が進んで、オールラッシュの運びとなりました。でも、残念ながら見に行くことができません。今は某局の松本清張ドラマスペシャルの撮影真っ最中で、今日が最後の撮休なんです。

昨日から、主役の市川海老蔵さんが参加しました。

普通、撮影のセットアップが済むと、助監督が俳優を呼びに行くのですが、海老蔵さんは呼びに行く前にカメラの前に来てしまいます。助監督がスタンドインとしてカメラ前に立つと、それをどかして自分が立ちます。撮影をとても楽しんでいるようですね。

でも昔はみんなそうだったんですよ。俳優をカメラ前に立たせてライティングをしたのです。そのシーンがどういう光の状況かも大切ですが、その中で俳優の顔がもっとも美しく見えるように考え、ライティングするわけですから、助監督にその代役が務まるわけがありません。

ところが最近は、ライティングが完成しないと俳優を呼ばないのです。俳優が来ると、また、ライティングを細かく直さなければならないという二度手間になるわけです。そうやって微調整していると、助監督が「お休みください」と言って俳優を連れ去ろうとするので、また私メは「何を考えているんだ!」声を荒げてしまうわけです。
ライティングが完成すれば、すぐリハーサルができるのに、それから呼びに行くのでは、また5分10分と待たなければなりません。助監督が「そろそろ呼びに行ってもいいですか?」と聞くので「もう、ここにいなければいけないんだ!」と答えるのですが、その様子を某助監督がオモシロオカシク物真似してまわっているので、高間はなんて性格の悪いカメラマンなんだと思われているわけです。

しかし、ハードスケジュールの中、その5分10分の無駄時間の積み重ねが「撮りこぼし」になったり「寝る暇なし」の労働強化になり、能率の低下、スタッフ間のいじめ、スケジュールオーバー、オーバーギャラの問題、会社の倒産、最悪はプロデューサーの自殺という暗い坂を転落するような状況になっていくわけです。(ちょっと言い過ぎかな?)

昨日の撮影は、そんな意味でとても楽しかったのです。スタッフと俳優が、当たり前のことですが、一緒に仕事をしているんだという気持ちになりました。


A title for the film which had been shooting since last summer
was decided after long consideration. It was called
"Shini Yuku Tsuma Tono Tabiji (literally translated as "a
journey with a wife who is terminally ill"). We finished
location shootings in Toyama and Ishikawa prefectures in the
winter of January. Normally the catering service "Mochikin no
keita" provided us with meals. This time, he didn't show up.
The box lunches that were provided instead turned out to be
great. So it turned out to be a happy shooting. What impressed
me was the salted salmon. Although I have eaten this food
thousands of times in my life, it was my first time I've had
it so deliciously. The area may be a treasure for food.

Actress Yuriko Ishida lost 3kg since last summer's shooting in
order to act like a person with terminal cancer.

Also, we shot some scenes to add to the ones taken last
summer. Because of that, we needed to arrange lightings and
settings to be exactly the same as the last time. We tried to
recreate the scenes from a DVD recording of the original
shootings. The shooting required a lot of mental work, as if
searching for mistakes. But it was exciting.

Actor Tomokazu Miura grew his stubble and lost his weight for
his role. However, he was still handsome. As the most
good-looking actors in Japan were chosen when the casting for
the couple was made, it was as if the destiny, tone and
direction of the film had been determined.

The editing process has been completed and it now came to a
rush. Unfortunately, I was unable to go to see it, as I have
to do a shooting for a Seicho Matsumoto drama special for a
TV station. Today is my last day-off.

A leading cast member, Actor Ebizo Ichikawa, joined from
yesterday. Usually, the assistant director went to call the
actors when a set-up for a shooting was done. However,
Mr. Ichikawa came in front of the camera before being called.
If assistant director had stood in front of the camera as a
stand-in, Mr. Ichikawa would have taken him away and stood
there himself. He looked like he was enjoying the shooting.

In old days, it was a normal style of the shooting. We
arranged the lightings while actors stood in their positions.
It was important to know how the effect of the lighting on a
scene came out, but also we had to consider how to make
actors' faces look their best. A stand-in by Assistant
Director was not enough to substitute for the actors.

These days, however, the actors are called in after the
lighting arrangement is done. When they stand in, further
adjustments are required. It doubled the work. While
re-adjusting the light, the assistant director had to lead
the actors out while saying "Please take a break."
Then I raised my voice and said, "What are you thinking?"
If the lighting was completed, rehearsal could be started
soon. But if they had to call for the actors after the set-up
of lighting, people had to wait another for 5-10 minutes.
Assistant Director asked me, "Can I go to get the actors?"
I responded to him, "They should have been here."
A certain assistant director mimicked this situation. I must
have a reputation of having a bad attitude.

But, in this hard schedule, an accumulation of losing 5-10
minutes here and there might lead to lost shooting times,
intensification of labor without enough sleep and
decrease in efficiency. It might cause conflicts among staff,
over schedulings, problems of over-guarantees and bankruptcy
of the companies. In the worst case, it might create a
situation like falling down the slope in the dark as a
producer commits suicide. (I might be exaggerating things a
bit here.)

So, the shooting was so fun yesterday. It might be natural,
but it made me feel good that the staff and actors worked
together to make a good film.
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