Saturday, March 26, 2005

Stills from Shoot

Here are some stills from scenes we shot March 22-24. Hats off to Alan Smith and his wonderful crew and the incredible art department (Nadya Gurevich and Jessica Watts). Their work created a great sense of mood and style.

Week One Wrapped

We wrapped our first week of shooting on Thursday. It was an exhausting few days, but we shot a remarkable amount of footage -- we finished 24 pages of the script in just three days. Alan and I watched the footage yesterday and are very happy with how things came out. I'll post some stills soon, but for now here are two production shots taken by Victor Varnado, who ran the set for us on Thursday.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Ghost Makeup Test

Just got back from a long costume and makeup session with the cast. One week from now we will have finished our first day of shooting which is very hard to believe. It still doesn't seem real to me.

Here is a still of a camera test we did of Craig Wichman in corpse makeup for when Alonzo appears as a ghost. I think it looks pretty spooky.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

12 Days to Go!

Things are getting wildly busy now that Alan, our DP, is back in town from India. He and I spent the day at the location in Bloomfield, NJ today along with Ramona Floyd, our Production Manager. We're finalizing our shots, making final decisions about equipment, and buying those last necessary items. And Alan and I had a few hours today to look at some clips from movies we're drawing on for inspiration. We followed all this a dinner meeting with Nadya, the Production Designer. All in all, a highly productive, highly inpsiring day.

I opened up a shop on Cafe Press which sells Changeling merchandise!
You can visit it here:

Jonathan Cousins, a wonderful designer (he designed the website) created the designs for the items on sale. Buy something and tell your friends! Purchases will help fund the film!

Speaking of funding, I'm working hard to reduce the budget since we're still a little short of making our total. In any case we've raised enough to shoot. For information on how to get involved with funding, please check out the "fundraising page" on the website.

Need to get some sleep. More news soon!

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Fight Choreography

We had our first fight choregraphy rehearsal tonight. Eric Brown, our choreographer, did a great job staging the brutal fight to the death between Alonzo (Craig Wichman) and De Flores (Clyde Baldo). As with all fight choreography, safety is an important concern, and Eric's work was safe, responsive to the actors' impulses, and expressive of the desperate, brutal type of fight I wanted. Really great stuff. You can see some stills below.

Costume Fittings

We had our first custime fitting yesterday. You can see two examples below; a dress-in-progress for Beatrice (Wendy Herlich) and some costume elements for Jasperino (Bruce Meakem).

In other news, we started a big fundraising push last week. We're getting closer to raising the entire budget, but there's still a lot of work to do. To find out how to get involved, check out the Fundraising page of the website.