The most difficult day of our shoot for me was the one when, the night before, we had tragically lost someone close to many members of our crew [Glee star Cory Monteith]. That night we had gathered together to discuss whether to shoot the next day or not, finally deciding it made sense to lose ourselves in the work. The next morning we had to drive to Long Island and film a funeral sequence on the beach, this hugely emotional scene. The reality of having lost someone far too young and so unexpectedly hit a lot of us hard as soon as we were done with the shoot. In a very profound way, it mirrored what our whole film was about: that inexplicable grief that takes hold when someone dies before their time and who was so close to your heart. It was a stark reminder of the tragic loss we all felt so often at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.