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

Things so far…

Lots of updates are piling up fast for “Things We Dig”, my next short film!

We are in the end stretch of our Indiegogo campaign to raise extra funds for the horror comedy and it’s not too late to contribute! There are still some great perks up for grabs! You can check them out here.

 

Our cast is almost complete!

Main cast:

castgroupMeet Jenn Larson as Lucrecia, Cat Forrest as Helge, me (Pia Thrasher) as Kuni, and Maxine Sutton as Brynne!

Supporting cast so far:

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Stephanie Scurry as Deanna and Patrick Russel Burton as Scott.

The rest of the supporting cast will be decided on soon!

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Make sure to follow  ‘Things we Dig‘ on Twitter and Facebook for more updates as they happen! Keep a sneaky eye on the Instagram page…

A website is in the works as well.

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Big news on the producing front! Last week two more producers came on board and I couldn’t be more excited about having their support!

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…I’d like to present associate producer Courtney Eastman, actor, model  AND business partner at Kevin Eastman Studios (yes, THAT Kevin..of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fame!). Courtney is a great asset and knows the biz! Plus she kicks major ass in Cards against Humanity…

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Last but not least, meet co-producer Miguel Rodriguez, THE Horror Meister of San Diego! He a major force to be reckoned with in the horror filmmaker circles. Not only is he the director of the spectacular annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego,  he also runs a regular podcast not to be missed! Speaking of – if you are a filmmaker, don’t miss your chance to submit your movie to his festival via FilmFreeway!

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Geez, as I’m adding the logos and see the colors, I notice a theme…bloody red and black as night! Coincidence? I think not! I see it as a good omen ;)

What else? I think that’s it…for now. Stay tuned!

It has begun!

The Indiegogo campaign for my next short film, “Things We Dig“, has been launched a couple of hours ago! If you have a few dollars to spare, or a lot – I’d appreciate any contribution!

Also, feel free to share the campaign page with anybody who might be interested in supporting an indie horror comedy!

First off – here’s my 2 minute pitch (with co-star Jenn Larson):

A big thanks and shoutout to Susy Botello of Mobile Film School for helping us on the shoot after sundown!

Interested? We also have some great perks! Just take a look – click on this link:  Indiegogo/project/thingswedig

Thanks a bunch!!!

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A few more updates:

We now also have a Facebook page for Things We Dig  and a Twitter page – thanks for following!

 

That’s all for now..stay tuned and have a great week!

 

luv,

Pia Thrasher aka Her Dark Half