We ended at 6.30pm today, exactly 12 hours after the main cast/crew call. Things went exceptionally well. The actors were awesome and we had a phenomenal crew, some of whom were friends of friends and who turned out to be excellent. We even got an extra scene shot so we're looking good for tomorrow.
There were only two problems that arose. One was the buzz of insects that sometimes held up a scene in a garden. The other was a very humorous sequence of goofs where every elevator except the one our actress was in front of answered the call and opened. To the old adage of "never work with animals or children" I now add "or elevators or insects".
I am absolutely exhausted. But we survived our first day.