I have a painting teacher who shared about the “final inch” of a painting. That is when you are almost done and yet the “almost” seems to involve the most amount of work you’ve done so far. “So near and yet so far” is how I understood it.
We are still working on finishing the film. After spending a year (on and off) with Jessica Hall to create a rough cut, I then spent almost five months (on and off) with Riki Richter creating a fine cut. Next came a marathon 15-hour session with Michael Vernon to lock the picture. My deepest thanks to these three extraordinary Yukon editors for their patience, skill and generosity.
Currently, Riki is at work on the sound design/edit and composer extraordinaire Daniel Janke has created a compelling score. We are aiming to meet the late deadline for the Toronto International Film Festival, which is at the end of May. If all goes well, we will have a private screening for Yukon friends sometime during the month of June.
So far we have managed to stick to our $10K budget because of an amazing cast and crew either donating their time and energy and/or working for peanuts (or bagels and coffee, pistachios and Chinese food) and yet there are new expenses looming. If you would like to donate to the project or if you have already given to the project and would like to give a little more, we would gratefully receive your offering, no matter how small.
My thanks to all of you for your continued support. Your encouragement is what keeps this vision moving forward. Here’s to the final inch!
Well, it only took us 13 months but Jessica Hall (Picture Editor) and I finally finished a rough cut of the movie. When we were done, Jessica said, “It’s awesome,” and even though I thought so, too, I also wondered if we’d fallen in love with our own work. It happens when you immerse yourself in your own creativity for long spells. Best to get some fresh eyes on the project when that happens. So after a couple of test screenings with filmmakers and film lovers we are very satisfied to report that the movie is, at this stage, indeed, pretty good. There is a lot more work to do so stay tuned!
We now have a 1-minute teaser of the film, folks. Have a look!
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It’s hard to believe it’s been three months since we wrapped shooting of the film in Whitehorse. What an incredible learning experience. I continue to post updates on the Facebook page. And we now have a Credits Page on this site thanking all of the wonderful people who helped us move forward with the vision. Onwards and upwards!
It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted a message on this blog. Major changes have occurred. We lost all of our funding from the major sources we’d been working with and so I was faced with a big decision: abandon ship or proceed with little to no money.
I’ve decided to move forward with the project. The story is too important to me. I’m shooting the film in Whitehorse, Yukon, starting in mid-August with an all-local cast and crew. It’s going to be a community art project driven by inspiration and creativity and not by the almighty dollar.
Follow our fundraising activities on Facebook here and follow the updates on the production here.
Thanks for all your support, dearest reader!
Yesterday I received a certificate from Women in the Director’s Chair saying that I successfully completed the 2012 Workshop. It was truly a “Yes!” moment.
I went into that programme with very specific learning goals and I came out having met all of them. I am now primed and ready to shoot Last Stop for Miles this fall. I’ve got new tools in my tool kit and a whole network of support that I didn’t have before. My cheerleading team just about tripled in size!
Don’t forget to help us with our fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo. We need your support!
I’m back at the Banff Centre for Part II of Women in the Director’s Chair and it’s been an intense week of learning.
Today I’m going to be rehearsing with the actors who have been cast in the scene I’m using from Last Stop for Miles and then I’ll be meeting with the Production Team to go over my shot list for the main shoot.
Years ago I graduated from the Playwriting Programme at the National Theatre School of Canada. People often ask me what I got out of going to such a prestigious school. My answer is always the same. “I found my voice as a writer,” I tell them.
In the future, when people ask me what I got out of WIDC, my vision is to be able to say, “I found my style as a director.”
Don’t forget to support our campaign to finance the feature film on IndieGoGo. Thanks for your support!
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I am trying not to count the days until the second part of the Women in the Director’s Chair Workshop begins at the Banff Centre but I’m not doing a great job. How can I stay in today when I have something like that ahead of me?
The Story Module, which took place in November, was an incredible learning experience. It’s deepened my skills as a screenwriter and given me a whole new perspective on how to approach character. I’m currently in the process of revising a scene from the feature script, which I will direct with a full-size professional cast and crew when I return to Banff in January.
We have also recently launched a campaign on IndieGoGo to raise funds to help us finance the movie. There are some fantastic benefits for you if you make a donation. Please visit the page and help us to make this movie!
Heading to the Banff Centre for Women in the Director’s Chair. It’s a huge honour to be a part of this incredible workshop with so many other talented women. I’m ready to be a sponge.
Lots happening, folks!
I recently spent a week in Vancouver meeting with production designers, sound recordists, editors and actors. We are slowly beginning to assemble our team.
We have a meeting with Telefilm Canada at the end of this month to discuss our Low Budget Independent Film Funding Application. So exciting!
I’m heading to the Banff Centre next week for the first part of the Women in the Director’s Chair Workshop. I couldn’t be more thrilled and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
Every day brings us closer to making the dream a reality. Wait a minute, it’s a reality now!