Quick update: the film is shot and we’re officially in post-production! Yup, it just goes to prove that even with a not-so-successful crowd funding campaign, one can still make a film.
We have one pick up day scheduled, which was always on the schedule (advice for newbies). To sum it up – and really not do it justice – it was an incredibly amazing and wonderful experience! Here are the answers to many questions I’ve been asked:
- No, everything didn’t go perfectly well. But they never do. Use those events to your advantage.
- Yes, 13 days to shoot a feature is really crazy.
- Absolutely, I’d do it all again tomorrow.
- Yep, working on the next project (and a slate to go with it)!
- Yes, working locally is wonderful. The talent in Portland and surrounding areas is truly plentiful.
- Of course I used a casting director! Lori Lewis at FreeSpirit Casting is my go to gal!
- Well, going SAG-AFTRA is a complicated decision, one which every small production must weigh carefully. I’m thrilled with my SAG actors and wouldn’t trade that for the world (SAG-AFTRA actors on Lily are Stephana Johnson, Emily Sahler, Dana Millican and Robynn Hayek).
- Sure, more money, more time, more everything would have been great, but there’s nothing like a small crew and time crunch to soar your creativity through the roof and magically create team-building into an art form.
- Of course I learned a lot! Every production teaches you an incredible amount of lessons and reinforces what you’ve already learned. Trust your gut! And it absolutely helps to be prepared as much as possible ahead of time. I can’t wait to apply what I’ve learned again, and learn more. As I used to tell my actors in my Casting Director days: “Every audition is a learning opportunity.” Every moment on set, whether your own or someone else’s, is a learning opportunity. Be humble and be open to it.
- There’s so much to share, that I’ll do it piecemeal, but these are the questions and comments I received most often.
It must be said that I worked with an incredibly professional team on set and now in post-production. So much attention goes to the actors, but I’d like to take this opportunity to give another shout out to this crew on set: Bradley Sellers (DP, Producer), Eric Macey (AC), Steve Waters (Gaffer), Patrick Blevins (also Gaffer), Rose Barclay (M-U/H), Interns Kathryn Crombie and Brent Bailey, and Jennifer Rose Shafer (AD). My post-team of Derek Nickell and Bradley. And I’ll take the next opportunity to highlight our actors and others on set!
Thank you for supporting LILY ON SATURDAY. Astounding!