Crazy Japanese 'counterpart' stories continued.
(please see Subaru - Snow Cones for part 1 of the stories)
The tea house. This is what my Japanese 'counterpart' was actually a genius at doing, designing traditional Japanese tea houses. The one he designed for this shoot was just beautiful, and accurate, down to the millimeter.
So, when it came time to fabricate it, I had to be the middle man and get actual tatami mats instead of the common ones found in the US. The difference? 2′11.83″ by 5′11.65″ for the actual tatami mats and 3 ft × 6 ft for the ones in the US. Fractions of an inch, which the camera would never pick up, especially since we were never going to shoot inside. The mats were ordered from Japan, so no biggie. But the real kicker is when he had my crew sanding the BACK of the set with their HANDS, because it looks different than machine sanding. Yes, you read right, the back of the set.
This had to be the most ridiculous person I've ever worked with before in my life.
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