Less than a month from now we begin shooting Over-the-Rhine, my first feature film as a writer-director. I want to share the experience with you, my bloggish friends, partly because I think of you as my extended family (aww) and partly because I’ll be too busy to do much else (a typical shooting day runs 12+ hours). So I’ll be posting regular Filmmaker’s Journal updates once we get rolling. This is only a test, test, test, test…
- It’s a low budget movie–about as much money as Spielberg spends on craft service (“coffee and bagels”) for one of his movies.
- It’s a faith-based film–no, God doesn’t appear onscreen, but he has a key role in the story, nevertheless…and has agreed to play himself!
- It’s a dark drama–many of you think of me as a humorist, and there are some humorous moments in the film, but this story, inspired by true events, will take us to some very dark places. The tagline is: “Could you forgive the unforgivable?”
- Casting happens today–I leave for callbacks in 5 minutes! This is when we “call back” the most promising actors and have them audition opposite those they may end up on-screen with.
- I’m ridiculously excited! But ultimately (I’m telling you what I remind myself every day) this isn’t my film, it’s You-know-Who’s (see item #2 above). So I greatly appreciate your prayers that we never lose sight of that!
More to come.
Blessings till it hurts, Mitch
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