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On the Set (Day 2)

The one weekend in my four autumns in Rhode Island that the meteorologists get the weather right, and it has to be this weekend. But, things are improving! The sun's out, and we only have to contend with a 14mph wind, gusting to 22mph. We can do that, after shooting an extra reel for Apocalypse Now last night the a monsoon.

Today's itinerary will take us north and west to the ghoul-haunted burg of Woonsocket...okay, that voice annoys me, too. I'm stopping. No Lovecraftian travel guide will you have this day. But yeah, north and west for shots along the Blackstone River Gorge, in Millville, and at Thundermist Falls in Woonsocket. Then we come back and get some footage in Providence, and we have some complicated interior shots to get this evening. Today will probably be more hectic than we thought, last night, it would be.

I think Kyle's uploading another sneak peek now....

This is, to me, and extremely strange process. We are making a sort of micro-movie of The Drowning Girl, and this never, of course, would have been possible without the amazing aid of everyone who supported our Kickstarter project to fund this. It's weird and it's wonderful. And it's collaborative!

I was trying to explain, last night, that I think the collaborative aspect is making this as weird for me as is the "book brought to life" aspect. For many years, I wasn't capable of collaborating, and there are sorts of art that must be done by combining the talents of many people capable of pulling off various sorts of tricks. I am reentering that realm, and I am glad of that. Sure, I only got about four and a half hours sleep, but I know today will be remarkable. Before I sign off and get dressed and we get out of here and get to work, I do want to formally acknowledge the others in this crowded house of hectic creativity (and far too little sleep).

We're discussing multiple cuts of the "trailer," at one, two, and three minutes in length. We will go viral.

Dani Church (cirne) just arrived (with her girlfriend, Carolyn). Dani is playing Abalyn. Sara Murphy, our professional actor, is the poor girl who had to stand nude in the monsoon last night for...an hour? I don't know, really. Time slows to a fucking crawl in the monsoons of Rhode Island. Nicola Astes ( @libervore on Twitter), in a wild stroke of serendipity, is our spot-on Imp (India Morgan Phelps). Of course, we all know Kyle (kylecassidy), who's handling still photography and is my co-ringleader, but our amazing video dude is Brian Siano (briansiano). And the three who are getting everything done so that this whole shebang runs smoothy: Spooky humglum), Ryan Anas, and Geoffrey H. "He of the Unfortunate Puns" Goodwin (readingthedark). Without these three, we'd be screwed, and when you see the final products of this endeavor, know how much they helped it come together.

Now. I must go. We're burning daylight.

Oh, wait! New sneak peek:


( 10 comments — Have your say! )
Oct. 15th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, wait! New sneak peek:

Awesome! Can't wait to see the trailer. Hope the shoot goes well today. Collaborating is weird, but cool.
Oct. 15th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
I, merely, politely suggested that you not accidentally stumble on an unfortunate pun. (Moreover, I loathe puns and consider them the lowest form of humor. Piers Anthony, I'm not.)
Oct. 15th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Sure, I only got about four and a half hours sleep, but I know today will be remarkable.

I wish I were there.
Oct. 15th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
The stills are looking amazing...the color of that dress against the waves and the sea is breathtaking! Hope the weather is kind for the rest of your outdoor stuff (although have to say that shot with the rain in the headlights from last night's sneak peak makes for an equally eerie and stunning photo). Can't wait to see what everyone's accomplished with the trailer when you're done with it.
Oct. 16th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
Fuck. That photograph is beautiful. So are the rest you posted in the previous entry. I absolutely cannot wait to read the book and see the trailer once it's done.
Oct. 16th, 2011 06:21 am (UTC)
Is it a photo technique with the girl in red dress or does the waves really look monochromatic?
Oct. 16th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
Bloody nice photos! Glad you're having fun.
Oct. 16th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
I am really looking forward to seeing the trailer. Any chance of a limited edition DVD of it?
Oct. 16th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
The sneak peaks are gorgeous, and I can't wait to see the finished product. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Oct. 17th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
And yet--here you are, diving into (back into) two inherently collaborative media at once. Bravely done!
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