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Production Diary #4: It’s Been a Whirlwind

Monday, August 25th, 2014

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks of finishing production.  I’m excited to touch base and share an update!

We wrapped up in Mammoth in early July with a night shoot.  There we are burning the midnight oil!  Gregory and I are looking at the monitor in the bottom left corner of the frame.

We had a swell wrap party with the cast, the crew and several Mammoth supporters join us doing karaoke, dancing and letting off steam.  Here we are!

Before we left town we got a few “beauty shots” in and around Mammoth and Mono County.  There’s lots of beauty, so it wasn’t too hard to find stuff to shoot!  (I’m in red in the middle of the frame with the hat!)

More soon as we put it all together!!

Production Diary #3: In the home stretch

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Here are some shots from the last two weeks of production …

Director of Photography Michael Alden Lloyd and I set up a shot in the house!

I’m working on a scene with Jordan Belfi and Andrew Dits, Doug and Nathan, respectively!

Michael Lloyd and I watch the monitor while Alison Haislip sleeps on Miles Gaston Villaneuva’s shoulder!

More shots and updates soon!

Production Diary #2: Gotta love being at 11,000 feet!

Friday, August 8th, 2014
So, we promised you behind the scenes peeks at the making of the film, and here we go again!
I did a lot of  prepping with Michael Lloyd, our Director of Photography.  We scouted the gorgeous Lake George to see if we could shoot the sequence where our characters Katie and James fall in love.  Here’s Michael and Gregory talking shop under Crystal Crag in the distance!
We also went to the top of Mammoth Mountain (that’s 11,000 feet!)  As someone who skis there all the time it was pretty trippy to be at the top with so little snow!  Although, you can’t tell from this photo…
Also, here’s a look at Bodie, an awesome ghost town we’ll be using for the movie.  If you’ve not seen my Bodie video, check it out here: https://vimeo.com/96675460.  It’s totally fun!
Finally, the final cast! We’ve got Jordan Belfi as Doug.  Erin Chambers as Sienna. Andrew Dits as Nathan. Michael Cory Davis as James. Alison Haislip as Johanna. Miles Gaston Villanueva as Robbie.  And, of course, Nicholle Tom as Katie! It’s a great cast!
We’ll have more production diary updates soon.  Keep your eyes peeled!  Can’t wait to share some more with you!

Production Diary #1: Gotta love actors

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

So, we promised you a behind the scenes peak at the making of the film, and here we go!

At 3 weeks out, we moved into high speed. Casting, locking locations, production meetings with the department heads— DP, production design, costumes and more.

One of the things that took up a lot of our time was casting. Because, if we don’t have actors to play the roles, then it kind of doesn’t matter where we shoot or who shoots the movie. So, casting becomes this 800 pound gorilla that must be fed and fed now. And more to the point, if we don’t get really great actors playing the roles, we won’t care about the characters– and who wants to see a movie where you don’t care about the characters? Not me.

We had an amazing casting session known as callbacks. Callbacks are when you bring in a group of actors culled from all the auditions and pair them up with other actors to see how they play off each other. This is sometimes known as “chemistry reads” because you want to see chemistry between the characters! Needless to say it was so awesome to hear the script I’ve worked on for so long come out of the mouths of some truly amazing actors! It was quite magical, to tell the truth. It came to life before my very eyes.

Here we are above with Michael Donovan, our casting director on the left, Gregory at the camera and me looking at the monitor. Hard at work having so much fun!

And, I’m excited to announce that we cast Nicholle Tom in the role of Katie! You might remember Nicholle from The Nanny many years ago. She’s been working steadily ever since and was just on the Showtime series Masters of Sex. (Don’t worry, she grew up a long time ago. 🙂

We’ll have more production diary updates coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled! Can’t wait to share some more with you!