Filming the Inhaler Demo
Last weekend we commandeered an exam room at one of the pediatric asthma clinics in Madison to film the "live action" section of the video. Thanks to the wonderful work by our patient/star Emily and co-star/nurse Sumi (Happy Birthday!) the filming was a big success. And everyone at the clinic was super helpful in making sure we had the inhalers and spacers and other props we needed.
The vision for the live action part of the video started out as a drawing and a bunch of funny character lines by Alex. He always has a very clear visual idea of what a scene looks like, so it is easy to translate his comics into video shots. Also, he doubles as a great line-reader, which was helpful because I had him read all of Iggy and Broncho and Coltron while Emily reacted on camera.
Emily was just terrific and very...um...patient while I had to shoot the scene many times from multiple angles (aka: movie magic!). At first I was worried we were going to have her puff on so much medication during the multiple takes, but Alex showed me that we were able to use a training (read: fake) inhaler. As a seasoned asthmatic (just like me and Alex) she perfectly demonstrated using the spacer, inhaling slowly (1,2,3,4,5) and holding her breath (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10). And she did not get mad when I asked her to do this over and over like a hundred times.
I also want to give a shout-out to Nurse Sumi who improvised some totally unscripted nurse actions, like putting a comforting hand on the patient's back - she was a such a professional. And a big thanks to the whole staff at the clinic for letting us take over the exam room (and eat Saint Patrick's Day cupcakes!).
More to come! Gary