Hey everyone, new Vlog is up. Enjoy.
A word from our director:
So, the other day I had my first Director / DP (director of photographer) meeting. A few things were rather new to me. First, we aren’t in the same city so we did Skype. What an unusual thing Skype? And for one that does not like to be in front of a camera – it took a bit of time just to get over that. Second, I’ve worked with several DPs and they have all been very different, talented but different. With this DP, there’s a real sense he is invested and he communicates well. It felt more like we’re in this together and are a team. He’s got my back which I’ve never quite felt with any of my other DPs. Thirdly, I received a few assignments which to me is so exciting and a fun new way to work. It gives me deadlines which I love. (NOTE: Which have been unfortunately missed due to Producer duties getting in the way.) But the down side was I got that pesky negative nell voice in my head a few times – you know that one. The one that tells you “you have no idea what you’re doing.” “so and so thinks you’re stupid or knows you’re stupid.” Or the one I was getting that day “you don’t know what he’s talking about and you should. You should know everything because you wrote this script. You’re going to screw this up and look like a fool doing it.” Okay, so my negative inner voice can be rather mean. But guess what, I don’t know everything. No one does. And this DP is here to help me and I will learn so much working with him. Because you know what – this is my first feature film and though I’ve made several short films we are dealing with a whole new beast here and learning is a huge part of making films. Even when you’re a master of it. I heard Steven Spielberg say once, “I always learn something new on every film I make. If I didn’t that’s when it’s time to throw in the towel. Learning makes you grow and when you grow your films get better.” So, to all of you with that same negative nell voice, I say we should all tell it to “Suck it!” [Psych reference for anyone who’s not a psych-o (that is what a fan of Psych the USA TV show is called)]. Don’t let that voice stop you or even make you feel bad. Because I’ll tell you something you can do anything you set your mind to. That voice is fear and if you’re scared then you’re moving in the right direction. Fear is a sign you really care about the thing you’re trying to accomplish. Don’t allow it to stop you. Cause it sure as hell isn’t going to stop me. Wish it would figure that out and take a hike.
Each Thursday, we’re going to take you behind the scenes on the making of The Conway Curve. We’ll share what’s happening on the film, where it is in the process, and share some great images from the set once the film is in production.
If you’re anything like me, I bet you’re wondering: so, you have a script and … then what happens? How does it go from being on the page to the point where it’s actually being made?
This part of the project is known as pre-production, and it involves, well, everything short of shooting. You know that phrase how the sausage is made? Pre-production is prime sausage making time.
I had a second to chat with the film’s writer/director, Marian Yeager, about what’s going on right now…
So, Marian, what does this stage of pre-production look like for the director?
It’s a very busy time! This is where you start to organize your thoughts on how you want the film to look and feel, but also on how you’re going to do that. What are the logistics of that? Sometimes you decide on one thing, but because of lack of money or because of difficulty you decide to scrap it and go in another direction. It’s the time to play around, to look at different styles to find your direction – and what the film is really calling for, too. It’s more organic that way.
What are the next things on your to-do-list?
Map out the color palette for the film, lock into all of Natalie’s iconic emotional moments of the film, and complete one last rewrite.
As you can guess, Marian and Elizabeth are very busy people right now! I will have more to share next week. Stay tuned!
Roanna Flowers is a writer based in Austin, Texas. You can see more of her work at www.roannaflowers.com.
Hey All. Here’s the newest video blog from our director Marian Yeager. We have super exciting news to share. So check it out.
So sorry for being away for now what a year. Almost to the day. But I’m back and would like to share with you all the great news about The Good Samaritan. We’re now available on Vimeo’s Video on Demand service. So, if you haven’t gotten a chance to see our little engine that could short film, please go check it out. You do need to register with Vimeo but it’s a really great site with some amazing films and videos. Anyway, I promise I’ll be back soon we’ve got some major news to announce which I can’t wait to tell you all about. The link to TGS is below. Oh, and I’d love to hear what you think of it. Please come back and comment here or on the TGS Vimeo page. Until next time. Cheers.
I hope that the beginning of the year is treating everyone well. I thought it might be about time to send out another update on the progress of The Good Samaritan. So here we go.
Just this week our Composer, the wonderfully talented Brian Satterwhite, completed the score for the film. It is absolutely beautiful, it helps set the tone of the film perfectly and bring insight to the characters and story. I am very pleased with it. As each piece has come together on our little film it has been building towards becoming a full fledge movie and when the music went in, for me it did exactly as I’d hoped. It brought everything together and made it one cohesive piece. I’m proud to call this my film.
Now, our Sound Mixer, Gopal, is adding the finishing touches on the sound mix and mixing in the music so very soon we will have all the audio aspects complete. Yea!
Then we move into the final steps of color correction and finalizing the titles and end credits and then we will be done with Post Production. I look forward to that day but I will miss it as well.
If all goes according to schedule we will just make our first film festival deadline and then a whole new adventure begins.