As a final send off before leaving for the west coast, I completed my *first feature film*!
|" the four" Craig (John ), Margo (me), Nate (Max), Jenn (Erica)|
some of the wonderful crew: Peter (lighting), JP (camera op), Atticus (sound man extraordinaire), Kevin (DP)
Of those 312 hours we were in production I'm guessing there is about 200 hours of footage to sort through and edit before there is a rough cut of the film. From there sound is tweaked, music is added, title cards are arranged and much more before it is ready for its premiere. The goal is for Smoke in the Air to be finalized for a film festival in 2014 of the director, Connor Smith's, choice!
Anyhow, our last day of shooting (4:30pm Monday to just after sunrise Tuesday morning about 6:50am) was quite cinematic in itself. We were all feeling the effects of little sleep, yet words cannot describe how we all felt when the sun rose and the crew got the final shots. Here we were, a cast and crew all under 23 and we did something that many people said would be impossible.
Naturally champagne was popped and toasts were said!
our director Connor and writer/actor Max
I am so grateful to have worked with such a talented group of hard working people. AND I can't wait to work with everyone again. Maybe next time it will be in LA, or back in the Chicago suburbs filming a sequel...
|last day of production sunrise|
|production still with Sam|
|final night shoot!|
|how my name will appear in the opening credits|
|one of the first night shoots at Valley Lo|
|camera rigged to "Nate's" car|
|bedroom set created for Erica's character, Jenn|
|the best stand ins "like ever!"|
|JP filming a party close up|
|and "that's a wrap!"|