The Test

It’s a rainy Sunday morning, which means perfect timing for a little blog post! How are you all doing out there?

Well, I got great news – we filmed “The Test” exactly one week ago today, out in the rough wilderness, and it all went shockingly smoothly! We even got done early. Nobody got hurt or snake-bit or swarmed by killer bees, yay! It was basically a ‘family’ reunion with almost all of the crew from my previous short films. Ohh, that’s right… filmzzzz, as in plural! My third one. And this one was the easiest and quickest to set up and produce. Of course, it couldn’t happen without the help of my team and I feel like a spoiled little movie brat! It felt so good being on a set again and all of us couldn’t have been more excited to get to work! It helped that we were all fully vaccinated and outside.

Setting up that shot!

“The Test” is sort of a continuation from my first short film “The Appointment“, bringing back my character ‘Alex’. This time, she deals with another ’employee’ (played by my wonderful co-star Deepti Kingra Mickelsen); and the short film has a very different feel compared to The Appointment – fast paced and much more action! If I must pick a genre, I’d say it’s a crime thriller.

Deepti Kingra Mickelsen as ‘Raj’ and Pia Thrasher as ‘Alex’ in “The Test”

I’ve been digging through BTS photos and I’m already missing the good times with my cast and crew. Is it too early for on-set nostalgia?

Light(n)ing master Jimly Teiper dropping bodies everywhere. Poor 1st AD gotta do the clean-up, as usual.
DP Peter Mickelsen and 1st AD Stephen Mickelsen make a great father/son duo on any set!
Stunt-driver and producer J.R. Thrasher meets drone

BTS photog Elsa Mickelsen and co-star Deepti Kingra Mickelsen having a moment…
Yours truly caught acting and directing! Photo by my hubby J.R. Thrasher

To see a whole bunch more BTS photos, head on over to ‘The Test’ Facebook page and remember to give it a like!

Next up: post-production!

Stay tuned for more and have a great weekend!

Here we go again…

New Year, new project!

So….over the holidays I cranked out another short film script and THIS ONE I can do! (As opposed to some of my other scripts that would be too complicated and costly to shoot these pandemic days).

Yay, so excited! It’ll be short and fun, down and dirty – a dark comedy of course! I’m assembling cast and crew as I’m typing this! Hoping to film it end of spring…depending on Covid and safety rules, of course!

It’s funny…this was totally not planned … it just happened, I swear! Surprise!

I guess I’m pregnant with another film baby! My third. Due sometime later this year!

Stay tuned as this story develops! (ok, couldn’t help myself…just feeling giddy…must be filmmaker hormones!)

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.