Thursday, August 08, 2013

The End of Shooting

First off, I want to apologize for not updating this blog much over the course of the year. I've been extremely busy completing Alison in Wonderland and haven't had much energy to update this.

But the good news is that Alison in Wonderland wrapped principal photography on August 6th, 2013. It was an immensely arduous task to complete, so much went wrong with the shoot but at the same time I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Making movies is a brutal practice and I feel like this shoot prepared me for the struggles to come. To paraphrase Gandalf, one stage of my filmmaking journey is over, another begins. And I have endless thanks for my mother who produced the movie and the cast members who stuck with me until the end, they were troopers and wonderful people. We fought through thick and thin, through actors bailing on the shoot, through dirty, smelly dungeons for locations, through being stuck in the woods with no bathroom, through cameras breaking, etc. This movie would not exist without you all.
Though I am immensely relieved, I am also, unexpected, a little sad, since Tuesday may be the last day I'm on a set directing a movie for years. With how difficult this was, I do not expect the road ahead to be easy, so who knows when I'll make my next film, especially in this fairly troubled industry.

I already have a workprint of Alison in Wonderland with everything I've shot and it runs, minus the rolling credits which haven't been made yet, about 79 minutes and 28 seconds. I will, in the style of Peter Jackson, be making two edits: first around 75 minute "theatrical cut" for festivals, the premiere and eventually a YouTube upload and secondly an 80 minute "director's cut" with every scene I shot fully uncut in it for DVD/Bluray. I am aiming for a December or January premiere right now.

In the near future, there will be a final production diary and a final trailer which I will start cutting soon.