So, it's 12:10am. The last day of shooting starts with loading the equipment at 8:15am. We did 99% of the shooting back in January and February, but this flashback scene has been brewing for 3 years, and we've been waiting for a perfect location, perfect weather, and perfect "littles", i.e. Little Sara and Little Charlie.
And although it's a fun little scene... fairgrounds talent show 1972... it is one of the more emotionally difficult for me. You see... I'm currently sewing my own costume's 40-year-old fringe and sequins onto a new leotard for Little Sara... something my mom did for me back then. And I'm going to be "recreating" me and my mom from that day. Although I have to keep my own emotions locked down so as not to startle the children... I do need to give enough of my heart to have the scene play for you, the viewer. How exactly does one tell someone, "My mom was like this" and then watch it acted out... without yearning for your mother's hug?
P.S. I sure miss you, Mom and Dad...
Music is an integral part of a movie. In some cases, it helps carry the storyline with its lyrics and composition. In other cases, it simply stays in the background (underscore), puts the audience in a "mood", and helps the movie flow. Procuring music is often tough for an indie due to budget limitations.
Thanks to dear friends and colleagues, TTBC has eight original songs - some making their music world debut. And the song titles themselves could serve as a brief synopsis for the movie!
Sara at the Fair - Joel Alpers
For the Taking - The Pat Jordan Band
I've Been Here Before - Joel Alpers
Break the Dam - Marco Cuevas, Mike Sloat, Julia Page, Sara & Jason Pedri
Party Girl - Aqua Nett
You're the One for Me - Aqua Nett
Fly by Night - Joel Alpers
What Will Be - The Pat Jordan Band
In addition, we were able to locate some great creative commons licensed music, also with TTBC-related titles:
Broadway Big Wig
Things Will Work Out
... and my find last night: Three Year Old Captain. Aaarrrrgggghhhh... :)
Well, it's almost July 7, 2011, and we're about 95% complete. So we figured it was time to unveil our little project and tell you a LOT about it!
Hopefully, you've met the cast and crew, watched the trailer, and experienced "The Making Of". We're polishing up 4 made-for-the-movie original songs, and we have another 2 minutes of scoring to create. We have 1 short scene to shoot (we're hoping the crazy Northern California weather won't return until we're done). And then we need to complete audio and color correction.
Right now, we are pushing to get TTBC complete by July 31 and start submitting to Spring 2012 film festivals. There is a light at the end of the tunnel... and it just turned into a bullet train... :)