From dealing with abusive paparazzi and screaming prisoners to finding a wig for Amber Heard and snorting vitamin B12 with James Franco, here's the real story of what happened on set of The Adderall Diaries, straight from the mouth of screenwriter and director Pamela Romanowsky.More
When I was 29, I finished the first draft of the screenplay for the Adderall Diaries, which is based on the book of the same name by Stephen Elliott. I'm 33 now and it's just being released, so that gives you an idea of how long this project took. Making a movie requires convincing a whole lot of people—actors, financiers, agents—to trust you. But the first day on set (shown here, with director of photography Bruce Thierry Cheung) was thrilling and made it all worth it.
Here I am choosing the camera location for a scene. The director's viewfinder I have is basically just the lens of the camera without all the bulk. It allows me to see what the scene will look like without having to move the whole camera setup around. Since the film is about an artist and writer whose past invades his present, we wanted the look of the film to reflect that. We shot digitally but used soft lenses and added a 16 mm film grain to the finished movie so it would have that vintage feel.