Wednesday, May 30, 2007

How to Make a Feature for $25,000

On Thursday, May 24, following the Changeling screening at the Pioneer, I gave a brief lecture on how we made the film with such little money. People seemed to enjoy it, so here it is for you, broken into 3 convenient parts:

Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Changeling run, notes so far

We're a week into the run at the Pioneer. I wasn't planning at being at all of the screenings, but so far I've dropped in at least before or after each of them. Response has been really positive, and people who may have seen the DVD are impressed seeing it on the big screen, most especially because you can't experience the audio on DVD like you can in a theater. And the projection is quite good at the theater. I shocked a few people (including one very experienced producer) when I told them we shot it on MiniDV.

What I am enjoying the most is hearing audience members comment on things I didn't think about. One person said that a certain exterior transition shot was the central shot of the movie because it captured the dark/light contrast in the story, and also highlighted how most of the actors' faces are in half light and half dark. I never really thought about that shot, nor did I really think about the light/dark contrast in such explicit terms, but of course that audience memeber was right.

I'm also enjoying how many people who don't know anything about this play or Middleton are able to completely understand what's going on. I had many people tell me how clear the dialogue is to them. I really enjoy hearing that. It's a credit to our wonderful cast (and Middleton and Rowley of course) that this archaic language is so fresh and clear.

We had a few staged readings of murder scenes from other plays from the same time period following a few screenings. Those were a lot of fun to do and the audience seemed to enjoy them as well. Tonight I'm giving a short presentation on how we pulled off the movie with so little money and with such a short shooting schedule. Those of you who have already been reading this production diary already know much of the story.

I'll post again once the run is over next week.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

The Changeling reviewed in Variety!

Well THIS was unexpected: a review in Variety!

Variety, as you all know, is THE industry paper. Our little opening of our little film noticed by the Times and Variety? I couldn't hope for anything better.

To read the review, click here!

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Changeling Cast on the Screen and Radio Waves

In conjunction with our run in NYC, our friends at Radio Drama Revival are airing the Quicksliver Radio Theater's production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," available for podcast at!

This production stars many of the cast of "The Changeling," and was adapted and directed by yours truly.

And for those of you who pay attention to credits-- the Quicksilver Radio Theater is credited with the fantastic foley work on "The Changeling."

So tune in, or pod up, or whatever it is one does with podcasts!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The New York Times review

We made today's NY Times!

The review is OK, but what's most important is that we bagged this review. A review in the Times, for what it's worth, is probably the biggest movie review you can get in NYC.

You can read the review by clicking here.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Our First Review!

Our first review was posted today. And it's really good. It's for "Slant" magazine.

To read it, click here!

I have to say, I am so happy that he "got" the movie and had such nice things to say about the performances, which are really great.

Monday, May 07, 2007

The Changeling in the NY Times!

Our opening was listed in the Summer Movie Preview section of Sunday's NY Times. It's official: we're competing with Spider-Man 3. Here's the listing:

May 16
THE CHANGELING The director Jay Stern has designed his indie adaptation of the Jacobean revenge play by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley as “period-piece pulp fiction.”

(you can also see it with the other summer movies on the NY Times website here.)

We're the only movie listed to open on that date. I don't know where the Pulp Fiction quote comes from, but my guess is that it's from the Pioneer Theater's press release.