Things We Dig is now a real thing!

It’s the morning of January  29th and upon waking, I had to pinch myself. Is this real? Did last night really happen? I checked my computer. Yup, we did it. We really, really did it! Things We Dig, my short film in the making since 2016, after heartbreaking losses, seemingly insurmountable hurdles and many, many challenges, is finished!

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Last night, after one more quick color correction by all around rockstar Stephen Mickelsen (Bad Cat Films), my phenomenal editor Peter Stoll (San Diego Digital Imagery) uploaded the finished version of the short film, and after watching it one more time (out of hundreds of times) in the quiet of my office, I poured myself a double rye whiskey, another for my biggest supporter, my hubby J.R., and we gave it a hearty toast. We fucking did it!!!

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Thank you to all of my cast and crew and all our supporters that hung in there with us over the last FOUR years! It would never have been possible without you! There really are no words that can fully convey my gratitude. All I can say at this point is thank you – from the bottom of my scarred little black heart! I love you!

We will start submitting the horror comedy to film festivals starting this weekend! I can’t wait to share it with you and make it worth your wait!!!!! And yes, like it says in the graphic above…it was worth fighting for! You’ll see… :)

Make sure to follow our social media for the film to find out about festival news, screenings and more! ‘Things We Dig’ is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Patience, dear mortal!

Hoooboy…it’s high time for an update. Let’s dive right in!

Biggest news first! My short film Things We Dig is nearing the end of post production, woot!!! I’m probably driving my editor Peter Stoll mad by now, but he’s a trooper and doing amazing work! We’re also currently working with composer Eric Recourt on original score and soundtrack. It’s all coming together, slow and steady; and I have to pace myself, be patient and not rush things (as giddy as I can get sometimes…).

Since my last post, we’ve also set up the film’s IMDb page up, done ADR sessions, a photoshoot AND …we just unveiled the poster! If you followed us on fb, twitter or instagram, you’d probably already know all of this ;)

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I’m super excited and can’t wait for this to get finished so I can unleash it upon the world!!!

 

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What else? A bunch of other stuff happened, some of it gnarly, but I probably need to make that a separate post. Maybe. (Since this is WordPress and not Facebook, is this called vaguewording or vaguepressing, instead of vaguebooking? I like vaguepressing better. Being German, vaguewording is really hard for me to pronounce.. I’m being a punk, I know). Anyhoo. Sticking to film/acting related stuff for now.

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In between my ‘thrival job’ and post-production for my short film,  I also did some work supporting local filmmaker friends, all rad people that I feel lucky to know:

I got to do some voice-acting for ‘Uncharted Regions‘, a series of weird-tales radio dramas produced by Sword and Circuitry Studios. Even though it was for background, it renewed my interest in voice work and reminded me how fun this kind of gig is! Plus, I got some use out of my German language skills for a little last minute improv. Thanks again for having me, Neal and Jana! I even wound up doing some BTS photos at a subsequent recording session. See more info about this cool project in the link above!

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Producers Neal and Jana Hallford at Rarefied Recording Studios

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Several of my fellow female filmmakers took part in WOMAS (Women Making a Scene) earlier this summer and cast me in two of their projects. One of them was ‘The Delayers‘, directed by Susan Davis of Grudio Pictures. I’ve been wanting to work with her forever and it finally came to pass! Cherry on top: Playing a role that was all physical comedy. I love it!

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Me in my element: acting like a clumsy person – not a big stretch ;)

The other WOMAS entry was ‘The Wandmaker‘, directed by my rad friend Deepti Kingra Mickelsen (who, incidentally, plays a naughty character in my short ‘Things We Dig’.)  I love it when we can all help each other out!

I’m also happy to report that both entries made it to the WOMAS finals in August! So proud of my sisters!

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That’s it for now! Already? I know…BUT… I got a feeling I’ll have some more blog posts coming up soon, promise! Follow my Things We Dig social media and stay tuned!

Enjoy Halloween season – my favorite time of the year!

 

Dark greetings, bloody kisses and suffocating hugs,

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Things we did last week

One week ago we wrapped principal photography on my short film Things We Dig! It finally happened, for real, yep, we did it! I still have to pinch myself that this wasn’t just a wishful dream, but the result of four years of persistence and planning. I wrote the script sometime in 2015 and blogged about it the first time in 2016.

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The process was a lot harder this time (compared to when I made my first short ‘The Appointment‘), because ‘Things We Dig’ has 3 times the cast, script pages and cost. The universe tossed a lot of challenges my way, but I am stubborn if anything!  First came a loss of the location, then hospitalization, death in the family, surgery for a cast member and finally my own surgery. The long delay caused its own consequences, like having to re-cast three characters and finding new crew members. And to top it off, our beloved kitty had an emergency, got a catastrophic diagnosis; and we had to help it over the rainbow bridge just TWO weeks before the shoot! I was devastated, shook my fist at the sky, but then decided I had the film to focus on and throw myself into work. I was wondering what else would crop up and didn’t even dare making any announcements about the upcoming film shoot, much less blog about it. NO JINXING! The last time I posted about it was in February, only to let people know the project had come alive again.

In the end it all came together beautifully thanks to our brilliant cast and crew! We worked hard, but there was also lots of laughter and giggles. I couldn’t have wished for a better filming experience, directing and acting at the same time, with my 1st AD Stephen Mickelsen by my side. I couldn’t have done it without the immense help of the Mickelsen family (Bad Cat Films), my always supportive hubby and of course you, my friends and supporters!

SpellsceneOn the set – first night!

actingdirectingActing and directing between my fellow cast members Cat Forrest and Jenn Larson

outdoorstifleStifling the giggles while watching the scene on the monitor

hidingGreat BTS shot by our MUA Ty Marie Frost

piaacidAfter a long day…I’m ready for a hot, bubbly bath myself…

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piastephen21st AD Stephen Mickelsen and yours truly, really close to wrapping Day 3.

groupthumbsupPartial cast and crew after wrapping Day 2 – so grateful for these super talented people!

Life is back to almost ‘normal’, back to not having to put out last minute fires before or during the shoot. I’ve already had a few dreams since the shoot, waking up distressed, thinking I forgot to shoot a scene! That vehicle breakdown on the way to the set was just a dream, right? Is it filmmaker PTSD? Is that a thing?

I miss the fun times with everybody on the set already and love going through the many pics we all took. I’ve had a week to reflect and take a breather (well…except my day job, heh..), but the work is not done! Now we head into post production