I forgot how much I love directing! I have not directed a major production since fall of 2015 (yay Death at the Opera!). This weekend, however, I had the privilege of working with a talented crew of people creating beautiful art.
Sassy Women is about Callie, a wild young thing with a tongue as sharp as barbed wire who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and stumbles through life with her head held high. Her landlord and housemate, Ellen, sees her potential and tries to invest in Callie, illiciting contempt. When a charming cowboy comes into the picture, Callie’s wayward path may lead her into despair.
I am very excited about this production. My actors and actresses are all extraordinarily talented. I am going to start cutting it tomorrow and can’t wait.
My latest project, which I’m very excited about is a short video I am completing for one of my last film classes. My original plan was to film a short in a car, but underestimated the difficulty of doing this without a steady cam. Due to time constraints, I threw together a quick film noir using my sister and fiance as talent. It was so much fun to experiment with this film style.
Alyona’s Eyes has reached the editing phase. The Soviet-themed movie has come out to be roughly twenty minutes of intense footage. I have been working with the writer/director/editor (Christian Yonkers) to help him finish up the rough cut. He has truly impressed me with his quick editing abilities. The score was just finished a couple days ago, so we are shaping up to be done in time for the premiere at SAU’s Will Shoot For Credit event.
The link to watch Alyona’s Eyes will be posted soon, as well as an update on its reception at the event!
Eleven and a half hours of on-set duties, not counting clean-up and set-up of scenery was what I did with my weekend. On Saturday and Sunday I was privileged to help out on the shoot of Alyona’s Eyes, a film set in Soviet Russia.
This film is being produced out of Spring Arbor University’s short films class, a production group affectionately named Will Shoot For Credit. I have been along for the whole process, helping edit the script, brainstorm locations, assembling sets, and, finally as of this weekend, fulfilling my role as primary Assistant Director on the shoot.
My duties on set were typical for an AD: keeping the crew on schedule (we started late due to missing tripod plates but ended early so I feel accomplished), ensuring that the director received sustenance throughout the day, and tracking our progress on our shot sheet.
Alyona’s Eyes was written and directed by Christian Yonkers. Christian works for a newspaper company out of Hastings and is an accomplished writer. This was the first film that he directed, and, ironically, was one of the most complicated films produced by Will Shoot for Credit. The shoot went off smoothly, however, and I am looking forward to the final project.
I will be posting a link to the video once it is premiered, so keep an eye out for more info on Alyona’s Eyes!
Part way through the construction of our Soviet office. One of our KGB officers and our costumer/props mistress/extra having fun.