|Probably the best look you're going to get until May 18th|
Secret Shoot Saturday was another ironman production marathon, certainly not for the faint of heart. Sixteen hours: from 9am Saturday to 1am on Sunday. To put it simply, it was nuts. It was also our first attempt to make one of our productions a real-time social media extravaganza; probably to mixed results. For those of you who followed on Twitter, how did you feel about it? I think Allen did a great job of juggling heavy acting and creative duties while sending out some status updates about where we were in the process as well as a mix of photos. And then, on the other hand, there was me. Most of you have never seen me on the day of a shoot, but those that have can attest that I am not what you would ever describe as a "multi-tasker." To dress it up in the most positive light possible, you could say I'm "in the zone" on those days. But, basically it boils down to no one being able to get much out of me other than what the next shot is. So, my tweets were much more sparse. Plus, this shoot was just massive: lots of actors, lots of set-ups, lots of props, lots of costumes. It's low-level insanity to try to pull off what we did in one day.
All that would have been impossible without the amount of incredible people that were involved. We had our best crew of actors yet; better than we deserve. They were all incredible and knocked it out of the park. We had family members that stuck around all day and kept everything from grinding to a hault. My parents, the Sheenes, and the Martins; without every single one of them it could never happen. Not to mention friends who ran audio and carried lights around and anything else that needed doing.
Another tweeting roadblock was the secrecy level. We will never have to hide as much of a project as we've attempted to hide on this one. There is one simple reason for that: this project was always specifically designed for a Danville, Kentucky audience and the Danville Lawn Chair Film Festival. We had a concept that we thought would umm.... exhilarate... and we don't want to ruin it for anyone until the moment it debuts on May 18th in the center of the town that birthed it. If we did this right, things could get out of hand and that's exactly what we wanted. We want to cause a scene, point blank. This flick seriously couldn't be more Danville. Literally impossible.
So, in the future, expect more behind-the-scenes. But for now, be glad you have no idea what's coming. (And if somehow you've heard too much, don't tell a soul!)