The film is in the can!!! And in the meantime we have quickly moved on to post-production!
I’m also happy to state that the shoot went great. There were no problems and I think (though it’s me saying it of course ;) ) we did good work.
I really feel that leading up to the shoot I had to be very patient and had to wait more than I had initially foreseen or really wanted to. But I think that being patient and not rushing things has worked out really well for us. We got great performances, great locations, and worked together with the friendliest and most passionate people.
We shot the film in New Jersey and that was quite interesting to me as someone who is new to the States. I think we shot in what you would call very typically American suburban environments, which I LOVE in films!
Everyone was very friendly and helpful. They were all excited to be working on the film. We shot right before the heatwave, so we were lucky that we didn’t have to deal with that on top of the regular film stress, because when shooting a film you’re mostly in tight spaces with a lot of people.
As a filmmaker I think I grew a lot working on this project. I did a lot of things I hadn’t done before. Sometimes that was a little scary, but I pushed through and learned a lot.
What I was most appreciative of was that I got to work a lot with the actors beforehand, to explore the characters and their actions. Kathy and Ryan, the leads of the film were amazing! As were all the other actors in the film who have contributed in their own way.
What I set out to do with this film is to present two complex characters who are not necessarily always likable or do things that you agree with, but who you do feel something for. Through the rehearsal and improvisation process I feel we did get the chance to delve deeper.
One of my favorite courses in school was actually a directing the actor course where we met up with the same actor every week and improvised and built the character. Kind of in a Mike Leigh way. So it was very nice that I got the chance to continue working in such a manner.
Of course making a film with a limited budget and a limited crew is always a challenge and unexpected things happen all the time and we got to roll with the punches. So that’s what we did, but all in all it wasn’t too bad.
Now we are now in the middle of the post production stage, which is very different from the previous stages. We have to be very ruthless and only look at what works. I think we were very ambitious with the story and have shot a lot, so now we have to figure out what will make the best film. For example, I can’t be too sentimental about a shot or a scene that took a long time to get if it’s not supportive of the story.
They say you make a film three times: when you’re writing the script, when you shoot it, and when you edit it. Hopefully the three aren’t too different from each other. So wish us luck as we enter this brutal stage!
All in all, it was a great experience for all of us and I thank you all for believing in this project and supporting us! I cannot wait to show you all the final result of what we have been working on for so long.
P.S. Here are some pictures of the shoot: