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BOSPOAT - Best On Set Photo Of All Time: Scene Machine

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 13, 2018

We’re not sure that there’s anything fundamentally cooler than a bitchin’ motorcycle … except for possibly a really sweet HD camera. What we love about this shot is the way it erases the distinction between the two machines—you’re going to have to look hard to see where the bike ends and the cam begins.  It’s like we’re looking at a hybrid gadget or an escaped prototype from Michael Bay’s Transformers workshop. The fact that the contraption’s being ridden by an evidently renegade hit(wo)man doesn’t hurt the coolness factor either.

So imagine our delight and surprise when we learned that this was shot on the set of [in]visible, a 2016 entry into the Easterseals Disability Challenge short film contest, founded by PGA member Nic Novicki and promoted in the pages of this very magazine! Producer/director/writer (and PGA member, natch) Rosser Goodman filled us in on the production, which took place over the contest’s 48-hour time span.

“I had written the script the night before,” she tells us. “The actors woke up the morning of the shoot to find the script in their email.” Needing to shoot the five-page piece in a single day, the crew set up for the first shot on a sunny April morning in LA’s historic West Adams neighborhood. “I’m pretty sure everyone is looking at me as I explain exactly how the shot is going to work,” continues Goodman. “Bug [cast member Nina Bergman, right] backs into her mark, then dismounts the bike and swaggers up to Bjorn’s Safe House. The 48-hour assignment was to make [the film] a mystery, so it was important to establish Bug as the badass she is but not reveal her face.”

Playing Bug’s counterpart, the double-crossing assassin Bjorn, was cast member Bryan Dilbeck [not pictured], an actor with cerebral palsy. “What was really important to me about this project,” says Goodman, “was that a disabled actor was playing an able-bodied role … Too often, disabled roles are played by able-bodied actors. Here I was able to write an ‘ordinary’ role and cast an actor with cerebral palsy to play the character.”

Goodman and her all-volunteer cast and crew brought the goods—[in]visible won the contest’s Best Filmmaker Award. And on top of that honor, here it is, the recipient of Produced By’s prestigious BOSPOAT title. Congratulations to Rosser and her team.


We know what you’re thinking. “Best of all time? No way. I’ve got an on-set photo way better than that.” If that’s the case, we dare you to prove it. Submit it to BOSPOAT@producersguild.org. Before you submit, please review the contest rules at producersguild.org/bospoat. Because no matter how great your photo is, we have no desire to get sued over it.

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