I'll start with the other films first. We finished filming 'Black Dawn' in about February, and 'Tilt of a Rose' filmed over spring break in March. Unfortunately, since dormers had to be out for the week I couldn't stick around for the whole thing, but I was there for the initial setups, assisting with anything I could (costume acquisition, etc.) and the first shoot, as well as being in constant contact. Along with BD I am very excited for Tilt. I think the final, final product will be excellent. It was recently accepted for the LIU Film Outreach Program (thankfully) so it will have financial assistance for festivals, which is nice. I'm glad at least one of ours' got it. Like for most things, U&T wasn't eligible. I'm exited for all of us to finally finish everything up and start sending it out. Rob has begun that, with his film 'End of the Great American Businessman'. He hasn't heard back from everywhere yet, but I wish him well. We also, somehow, found the time to do another short before the end of the year, Alan's 'La Misfit'. I did some art direction and makeup stuff for that one. Curious to see where Alan goes with it.
And so. 'Us & Them' filmed, and wrapped. I had 10 days only for equipment spring semester, so that's the only time I had to shoot the film (along with the day we shot the prom scene fall semester, making it 11). That wasn't easy. We had a lot of setbacks. I didn't sleep much at all right up until graduation. The stress level was pretty much unbearable. But we did it- we actually filmed a feature along with the 3 other films we did spring semester. Somehow. I still can't really process how we did it. It makes me value us as a crew even more. And of course, my wonderful cast. They were just perfect. They worked hard, they sacrificed right along with us, and they fought to create this film as we did. Steve, Elizabeth, Lindsay, Paul, Ian, Lauren, and of course our extras- I couldn't have done it without them, not at all. I just can't wait to work with them again.
We screened 7 minutes of the film at the end of year festival, because we couldn't show the whole thing, which is fine. It got great reception. We ended up being nominated for 6 Loomings film awards and won 2, Best Actress in a Thesis (Elizabeth) and Best Screenplay for a Thesis (by myself). I was totally shocked considering the short length of what we showed, but it meant so incredibly much to me to be recognized by my peers. Because of its reception an old friend, Darren Callaghan, invited us to screen our rough cut at an independent cinema in Asbury Park, NJ later that summer, which we did, also with great feedback.
This summer has been all about editing and raising money. Lots of work has been done, especially by myself, Marc in the technical side, and Elizabeth in the promotional side. We're in the midst of finishing our final cut now, with the sound mix being the last real thing keeping us from being done- a complicated process. We also spent a couple months trying to raise at least $1500 via IndieGoGo for festival submission fees, etc. We made our goal! So we have a great amount of money saved in a separate account for when we're totally finished. It's good having your ducks in a row.
That's it right now, finishing up the film, and dealing with the "real world". Most of us including myself graduated for good in May and many of us are looking for those elusive "media jobs" that'll introduce us to the path we want to take. Right now I'm looking as well, it's not easy. But I'm excited for what's to come.