Myanmar Diary – Part 12

16 November 15 – Monday – DAY TEN The shoot is halfway finished. Since we leave November 29 it’s more like just over the hump, timewise. Gavin is worried he doesn’t have the film yet but that seems totally normal at this stage. We are quite sure that whether or not he does have a […]

Myanmar Diary – Part 11

15 November 15 Sunday – DAY NINE I begin the day by making stupid sound effects with Tinmar Aung. After she sets her own mic (which is beginning to be a morning ritual for us both) I have her do a test level, show her the meters, and often put the headphones on her so […]

Myanmar Diary – Part 10

14 November 15 – Saturday – DAY EIGHT It’s Cecilia’s birthday! She wants no one to know, just business as usual. And it sure is, as prosaic a day as they’ve all been here in Pyin Oo Lwin. By now any exotic/special nature of what were doing has worn off – we’re still open to […]

Myanmar Diary – Part 9

13 November 15 – Friday – DAY SEVEN Friday the 13th is unlucky, but seven is supposedly lucky, so what does that mean for our film today? Nothing so far. I still have this virus, and a bad, bad hacking cough. There’s no telling if it’s bronchitis. In truth, I ended up ill and wheezing […]

Myanmar Diary – Part 8

12 November 15 – Thursday – DAY SIX I wake with a deep cough. I feel okay, basically, a bit run down. The cough is a bad omen, though. These days if I get any upper respiratory infection it goes to a bronchitis pretty easily. It’s the result of being a poor young man who […]

Myanmar Diary – Part 7

11 November 15 – Wednesday – DAY FIVE Last night was the worst yet. Though I spent ten hours in bed, most of that was not sleeping but rolling around from side to side, punctuated by a few moments of actual refreshing sleep which inevitably descend into fever dreams. Since I’ve been spending so much […]

Myanmar Diary – Part 5

9 November 15 – Monday – DAY THREE Captain Ahab gets us up at 4 AM for a 5 AM breakfast and out to the set before six. The production’s very own cold virus has got me now, only three days in. I was struck down with a painful sore throat in the middle of […]

Myanmar Diary – Part 6

10 November 15 – Tuesday – DAY FOUR Every night has been a blackout for me. I sometimes get to sleep before 10 PM (that has been my latest bedtime after dailies and general discussions) and then it’s total unconsciousness until the cruel dawn arouses us. A quick breakfast of fried rice and we’re on […]

Myanmar Diary – Part 4

8 November 15  – Sunday – DAY TWO I woke to the sounds of hundreds of howling stray dogs in the neighborhood. Apparently, Myanmar has legions of stray dogs – all friendly – and roughly organized into small gangs.  These packs are not very tight, and it seems that membership can be pretty fluid.  I […]

Myanmar Diary – Part 3 – Yangon to Pyin Oo Lwin

7 November 15 – Saturday  After Snore Bear’s ordeal, I was awake, no matter what time it was.  The sun began to rise at about six or so, and I watched out the window as we started up the winding mountain road towards Pyin Oo Lwin.   The bus creaked around a myriad network of hairpin turns […]