So after long months of waiting we’ve started hearing back from film festivals! Our first official festival screening will be at the Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington, West Virginia. Our film will be leading off the festival on the evening of Thursday, Feb 23 at the Black Sheep venue. We’re super excited and can’t wait for the film to reach a broader audience. We hope to see some of you there (especially Ted Cooley and Cory Shenk)!
As the days go by and Bruno and I handle all the footage we shot I wanted to make sure you know we haven’t forgotten about you. So please forgive me for filling your inbox with no-news messages but I wanted to extend a thank you to everyone. A film is nothing without an audience and we can’t get over how wonderful an audience we’ve had so far through this blog. Our film is owed to all those reading this and those who have participated. So, happily and simply, I would like to extend a thank you. We’ll be working hard to keep up our end of the bargain and make a film for all of you. Keep an ear turned our way. Things may be slow for the next couple months but when we start screenings we’ll be back on it letting everyone know when and how they can see the final product.
Harrison, Bruno, and Kazoo Films
P.S. If our film excited you and you’d like to get in on some other cool projects check out newhardentertainment.com. Our camera man Nando is in Detroit right now doing pre-production for a film of his own. Then he is off to Buenos Aires with Newhard Entertainment to start work on Zach Weintraub’s new film.
As we all sit around Niki’s house – still stuffed and weary from the day’s shoot – Bruno asked me where I’d been and why I hadn’t been blogging. Well, I’ve been on set, or I’ve been in Zuma coffee trying to figure out the next shoot, or I’ve been trying to be a good boyfriend through the throes of production, or (on rare occasion) I’ve been sleeping. Life takes on a weird twist when you’re filming… things and people can go a little crazy. So maybe the truth is I’ve sort of been on the crazy train.
But, crazy or not, the film is happening! It’s happening all around me and it’s picking up speed! We shot in Texana today and we’re going to a big location tomorrow morning. I feel more often than not a sort of surprised looks adorns my face, which is actually just my brain trying fire off thought-bubbles fast enough to keep up with the pace. It’s hard to believe that we have a less than a month left of shooting. They say that filmmakers live on average 10 years less than your average construction worker/race car driver/WWE wrestler/astronaut and I’d believe it too. But, what can I say, I’m having the time of my life. I guess for a while I thought this would be my first and last film but I’m coming around to the idea that it’s something that might not fade away after all.
I just need to figure out a way to have a puppy, a stable relationship, maybe a family someday, and god forbid some cash in my pocket. But as Bruno says… “when the robots take over the planet only the insane, irrational, [and DIY independent filmmakers] will survive.”
Last night we took one small step for internet radio and one huge step for Kazoo Films. We appeared on Shaina Kapeluck’s program “The Invisible Worm” on the E-radio station ashevillefm.org. If you’ve ever been curious as to some of the underlying consciousness behind our work, I think that the show helps to scratch the surface of the experience that Bruno and I have had in creating this project. And the music isn’t bad either. We traded back and forth playing music with Shaina. There are some pretty great tracks. Many of our contributions are songs inspired by the film. Hope you enjoy us on “The Invisible Worm!” Listen!
We’ve just returned from Brasstown! For those folks who don’t know, half of the film is going to be filmed in Madison County, NC (a very mountainous, sparsely populated county) and Cherokee County (a slightly less mountainous, sparsely populated county, and home of the John C Campbell Folk School). We’ve been approaching people and telling them that we are community supported filmmakers – that our goal is to emphasize the participation and contribution of groups and individuals (we’re still seeking donations *wink wink*). When it comes to getting actors on board, our approach is to get their full input and from there work with them to incorporate the character that they want to be into the film! When an actor, or location owner, or organization feels dedicated to their role like we feel dedicated to the film, then everyone leaves the table feeling pretty great. Everyone we met with this weekend was like that. One fellow insisted on driving to the location and blocking out how the scene should go. Another asked question after question about our sound equipment and then couldn’t stop playing, singing, and throwing out ideas about what his character should be like. One woman told us that she’s wanted her Grandmother’s house to be in the movies since she was a little girl. Basically, in the past few days we’ve been able to gather some amazing locations and characters.
We’re trying to employ similar techniques in our rehearsals. This past week we began rehearsing with our leading man, Forrest, and leading lady, Sadie. They so closely resemble their characters that the chemistry they feel together translates to their acting, or at least that’s what it seems like.
The next two weeks will be a circus of rehearsals, tying up of loose ends, and dancing, and prop shopping. If we can be half as productive as we were in this past week then we’ll be sitting pretty on July 1st, just in time for Nando to arrive and shooting to begin.
Well, right now I’m in costume mode. I’ve been calling Asheville costume rental houses and trying to sort out what is the best option. The hardest part about costuming for a film that smoothly spans 100 nonconsecutive years is that we want the boundaries between time periods to be subtle. I want to find costuming that has application from 1910 to 2010. I think I need to go to the library and look at old periodicals on microfiche. The best options seems to me to take a single costume and just make alterations based on the context of the scene. That’s where my mind is right now.