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…

elsaspell2Production designer extraordinaire Elsa Mickelsen

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

Next film festival screenings

Hi there!

Quick update with great news! My first short film The Appointment has been accepted into two more film festivals back to back!

In August, this dark comedy will make its Australia premiere at the Woodland Film Festival, yaayyy!!! This is our first outside the U.S. festival screening!

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UPDATE EDIT – Latest info: We are in block 7 – screening at 4.45pm on Saturday, August 6th!

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Woot! What a great line-up and so honored to be part of it!

 

And: The Appointment is also an Official Selection of the American Grindhouse Film Festival in September!

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Exact dates/times and locations TBA!

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I love how the laurels are starting to pile up! :) Congrats to all my cast and crew!

‘The Appointment’ is creeping closer!

Wow, this summer is passing by at record speed and San Diego Comic Con is already a thing of the past. I am fully looking forward to the Halloween season! And, of course, filming my short film right after!

So here’s the latest on ‘The Appointment’:

• We have a Twitter page: twitter.com/TheApptShort – Go follow it and retweet!

• We have a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/theappointmentshortfilm  – Go ‘like’ it and share it!

• We’re assembling an amazing crew, including people I’ve worked with in the past! The support in the film community has knocked me off my feet and I still have to pinch myself! Talk about super talented and passionate pros! Detailed announcements will follow on FB and Twitter closer to production. If you’re in the San Diego film scene, you’ll recognize a lot of the names :)

Casting call for the two supporting actors is out. Here are the details for my actor peeps out there: “Looking for two actors for supporting roles in my short film ‘The Appointment’ to be filmed in San Diego in November. Non-Union. Meals/gas and possible small stipend. Audition time and location TBD. This is a dark comedy and these are two fun supporting roles! Improv experience a plus. Breakdown:

– Latino male 20s-30s – the young stud, in great shape, badass bodyguard to Ms. Mord. He’s hot and he knows it, but not a smart ass. Can be sweet and a bit of a ‘dim bulb’ at times. Eager to learn and loyal. MUST SPEAK FLUENT SPANISH.

– Latino male 40s-50s – the older, wiser bodyguard for Ms. Mord. Maybe a bit more rotund and soft around the edges, but still tough as hell and his experience in the field has kept him alive. You don’t want to get on his bad side. Still has a wicked edge to him.  MUST SPEAK FLUENT SPANISH.

Please send headshot/resume and/or links to your demo reel or website to email@piathrasher.com ”  

 

• I’m putting together a photoshoot for the actual poster and promo images as we speak. Sheesh…THAT alone is turning out to be quite the challenge! Getting all the schedules, props, locations together, etc…looks like a nice warm-up to the actual film shoot!

 

• I’ve started working on my character (putting my actor hat on for a minute) and recorded a native-Russian-speaking friend reading my lines, so I can get the accent right. Thank you again, Irina! I’ve also gotten much more serious about getting into badass shape (mainly for confidence of my character, but also to shed a few pounds) at my martial arts dojo Kwai Sun Studio, where, incidentally, I met the kickass Irina ;)

 

• I am still looking for referrals and tips for location/set/film insurance. Anybody?

 

• I am still looking for the right location! Here’s a refresher from an older blog post: I’m looking for an expensive type of place, a mansion or villa. Here are some interior photo examples:

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As you can see, they all have a ‘dark’ design, so I want to avoid lots of windows or really bright interiors. My vision is to add lots of lush plant life. I like the library look as well. The idea is ‘luxurious‘, elegant, cultured. Artwork on the walls or in shelves a big plus. I don’t need a big table and a lot of chairs/sofa seats. Actually – one leather couch and a small coffee table would be perfect.

 

Ok, I think that’s it for now. Things are definitely ramping up and the ball has started rollling, yaaay!
Thanks for reading – stay tuned for more filmmaking adventures!
Toodles,
Pia