Season 1: Final Production Days

27 10 2011

Yard Times has the final three days of filming coming up in which we plan to tackle nearly all indoor shots. We have a setting for our Office and Break Area scenes lined up and can’t wait to wrap the first season of Yard Times. We couldn’t have reached this point without the help of dozens of wonderful and talented people.

This blog will be updated with pictures and clips from the final days and we’ll even post some pictures from our wrap party so you don’t forget how cool we are. After that, we will continue to post information about post-production, the process of creating a web series and maybe even a few pictures of our editing process. Who knows, maybe we’ll get anxious and release more clips?

Finally, Yard Times would like to give a big shout-out to Suburban Pro Studios who have agreed to create an epic theme song to Yard Times. Check these guys out if you find yourself in St. Louis and have an immediate need to spit some lyrics in a mic or drop some dank-ass beats.


Today on Cooking Today

12 10 2011

While filming a difficult scene in Episode 4, someone left David and I alone with the shotgun mic. Between takes we snapped off a quick NPR parody about cooking dandelions. Enjoy this small Easter Egg recorded from the inside of my car.


Season 1 Production Day 8

10 10 2011

We were on hand for the FINAL day out outdoor shooting *whew*. With Blaise taking over direction duties for the day, he was too busy holding the camera and lining up the camera, so I took most of the pictures with the help of Michelle.  We filmed in beautiful Humboldt Park on an Indian Summer day where the temps hit 80, and outside of a few domestic disturbances a few houses away and a couple of scooters riding by playing mariachi music, they day went pretty smoothly.

You know shit gets real when we start filming scenes with tricycles.

Max and Toph discuss the receding shade as the sweltering sun passed over. Jenna is probably wondering what she's gotten herself into.

Pay no attention to the yellow leaves on the ground! Blaise filming a scene with Henri (Byron) wondering WTF was going on over there...

... where THIS was going on. Let's not speculate. Just go with it...

"We're like the Smuckers Brothers!" Today we finally got to film scenes with Bunny (Jenna) and Be-Wizzy (Andrew). I almost peed my pants during these scenes.

Blaise and Max look on while Anthony prepares for some epic garbage picking.

They'starting a new band called the Shit Stick Sundaes.

Roach (Michelle) holds a knife to Henri's (Byron's) neck while they argue about what to do with their discovery. Byron is a brave guy. I actually saw metal touch skin twice. There were no injuries, and Yard Times was not reduced to snuff film status.

Yet Even More from Day 7

6 10 2011

Forgot that I took some quick shots with the actual production camera. Thought I’d post ’em here.

Setting up for a difficult scene toward the end of episode 7. Max Phillips filled in as our cop at the very last moment. I think we gave him 2 minutes to learn his lines.

The first shot from Sunday, Anthony rocks the jacket between takes and Toph stuffs his hands in his pockets to keep warm.

Quite the distinguished look for a man with pockets hanging out of the bottom of his shorts.

Anthony’s look of relief when we told him that we’d only put one or two photos of him up on the blog.

Just after Toph spilled on himself and Nick with his one sleeve.

On a very special episode of Yard Times…

More from Day 7

5 10 2011

Another beautiful day for filming!

Action shot of Duncan (Toph) and Luca (Anthony) in their moment of triumph.

The cast relaxing and watching the Bears game. Don't look too closely, Anthony is still in costume. Or is he???

Another shot of Anthony in his every day clothes. We had to push him to get into costume. Oh wait... nevermind. Also in the shot, Michelle does PA work, looking very winterish.

Blaise practicing his directorial skills. I stand by my statement. He looks like a young Francis Ford Coppola.

It may look like they're getting the perfect upskirt photo, but it's just Nick and Blaise finding their frame. Yup, that's exactly what it is.

An actual lawn mowing scene. Kind of...

A shallow grave...

Hi, I'm Toph... *insert declarative statement here*

Last, but not least, this one dude who is part of the cast. Dean, or something.

Season 1 Production Day 7

3 10 2011

Yard Times had another action-packed day out in Arlington Heights and Prospect Heights last Sunday.  We finished nearly every scheduled shot but we really had to go the extra mile to get everything finished. The actor that we intended to play our Cop couldn’t make it because he was in a car accident and we had to do a quick recasting and some on-set rewrites to make everything work. The director also left his binder with our shot list at the first location and we sent P.A. David back to the location only to find it being read by an old lady in her driveway. Full disclosure, the entire day was exhausting (maybe because I spent most of it as the main camera operator for the first time.) With that said, I didn’t get to snap a lot of pictures but David will post his soon.


Toph and Anthony doing what they do best: wrestling while giggling.


We made them slap fives about 50 times until we knew we had the most epic five in web series history.


During the lunch-break, many of the cast and crew took in the Bears game. For some of us, this was the first time seeing an NFL game in years.


A quick discussion of the upcoming shot. Anthony covers his bare leg because of the chilly autumn day and because of the great shame it brings upon him and his family.


Whilst filming a scene from episode 3, Bev, Toph and Anthony open up about boy shorts with words on the butt. Also pictured is Michelle dressed as her character Roach only to find out that we weren’t shooting any Roach scenes that day.


More wrestling and more giggling only this time with hot 30-waist man-pants on.


Between shots, Sophie likes to lead a prayer circle. For those of you that think there is more to this world than comedy and filming, I’d invite you to join our worship service where we serve Satan a weekly sacrifice the evening before each production weekend.


“Make sure the pockets come out the bottom,” was the only instructions I received when constructing the jean shorts. Byron and Anthony runs lines in the sunlight and it looks as if the script is glowing.


David points to the exact spot where he finally realized we were more than production assistants, we were now friends.


Sound-dude Max Phillips wondering why he let all these people film on his parent’s lawn. Thanks Phillips family!


Practicing lines and discussing the last scenes of the day. We were way behind schedule and very rushed at this point.


The martini of the day, this is how these two posed when the script called for them to ‘shuffle over the mower and act natural.’

Unbelievably, we still have at least another day of outdoor filming and it is getting pretty cold in Chicago land. I, Blaise Sewell, will be directing next Saturday and will be excited to actually film in Chicago proper for once. We are in the home-stretch and it feels good! Thanks for reading about Yard Times!

Rain Delay

26 09 2011


This was the scene on Saturday morning, the beginning of the last weekend of outdoor filming which turned out to be a substantially rain-filled weekend. We cancelled filming on both Saturday and Sunday and rescheduled for the first weekend of October. Meanwhile, please enjoy these pictures that may not have made it in earlier postings.


From last weekend, Anthony eats pizza up on a pool-slide while ripping on Toph long-distance style.


David’s up in your bushes, recording your conversation.


Yet another of Toph and his weed whacker penis. It never gets old.


The three actors from the first day of shooting. Sam, Byron and Toph.


Max, Michelle, Anthony and David filming a scene from episode 4.


One of the few shots I got from our first weekend. We rehearsed/improvised a few scenes from episode 1 the weekend before we began prince photog.

And that’s it for now. We still have plenty of production coming up so stay tuned. Furthermore, we plan to post something we’re calling “The Process” of how this show was created and how we’re making it happen – pretty much bribing people with sex. In the meantime, enjoy this scene of Mr. Rogers popping and locking.

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