Weekly Review: Before I Wake (2016)

When grieving parents welcome a foster child into their home, they soon discover that the child has the miraculous ability to have his dreams come to life. While his dreams can be full of beauty and wonder, his nightmares carry a very real danger for those around him.

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Return to Sender: Pre-Production Meeting

Now that 2018 has officially begun, it’s time to go head first into pre-production for my next short film, Return to Sender.

If you’ve been following me for long, you may have read about this one previously. I made several posts in the previous year detailing its conceptualization. You can read those posts about script writing, creating the storyboard, and its eventual delay by following the links given in this paragraph.

The last meeting we had about Return to Sender was in December 2016, so it was nice to have another meeting about it in December 2017. It was even more nice that this meeting actually hashed out a plan to get the production started.

First thing on the list of things to do is to make final updates to the script, and then make the appropriate changes to the storyboard. There is a very strong possibility that we may have a different location for this film than we previously thought. This would change the reveals that we had planned. Updates would be necessary for the pre-visualization of those reveals.

After that, we’ll hold auditions. This is an entirely new area for me. I’m not going to lie. I’m a little worried about it. We’re currently figuring out the location and logistics of it all. Once that’s all finalized, I’ll be making an announcement about that as well. Wish me luck. I really am nervous.

I’m hoping to hold auditions in February, shoot the film in March, and move into post-production in April. If I could be finished with the film for a May release, that would be fantastic. We shall see.

As always, stay tuned for more updates. Thank you all for following my journey.

2017, Year in Review

As the remaining hours of 2017 fade away, I always try to take time to reflect on the accomplishments I had. I don’t typically write them on this platform, but this year, I felt this was the most appropriate place.

This was definitely a long year. It feels so foreign to look at events that transpired in January, and hold them in the same year as events that happened in November. I think this is why it’s such a good idea to reflect.

In the first few months of 2017, I worked with E Leal Productions to finally finish a project that began in 2011. Reborn, a film project that was the launch pad for so many of the people in my network, was finally complete. We held a screening for the cast and crew. It served as a reunion for so many of us who had moved on. It was also a culmination of many years of experience.

Shortly after the Reborn screening, I worked on some employee appreciation videos for Clare Oaks. Through this, we were able to use some of our new equipment. The people involved in this video project were so wonderful and accommodating. It was a great experience.

In the spring, I helped produce Exit Interview for Jason Rugg. It was a submission to the My Rode Reel competition for the year. The shoot day was long and difficult, but as a crew, we were able to finish everything that we had set out to do. The aches and pains were worth it.

Throughout the summer, I worked the Xcelerate summer camps for the 5th year in a row. This was definitely the most difficult year for me for a variety of reasons. The class load that I had this year was the largest it’s ever been, and it covered a variety of topics that really expanded my comfort zone. We’ll see what the upcoming year has in store for me on this front.

While handling all of those summer camps, I finally put together a trailer and poster for my short film, 3:03. I needed to put together these promotional materials in order to start submitting to other festivals. I’m still waiting on word from many of those submissions, but the experience has been a great one so far. The film was actually a semi finalist for Outstanding Female Filmmaker at the Stormy Weather Horror Fest in the summer season!

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In October, I produced another short film for Jason Rugg. This film, titled Pin 5:29, was a submission for a Film Riot competition. For this particular entry, the film was condensed to 60 seconds, but a longer, director’s cut is still on the horizon to show off more of the director’s ideas. It was a fun shoot, and I feel like it went really well. It was a great example of expanding experience.

As the final months of 2017 approached, I found myself heading back to the pre-production plan for my upcoming short film, Return to Sender. My pre-production work for this film began at the end of 2016, but was put on hold for a variety of reasons, mostly stemming from my work load at the summer camps and my personal life. I also got engaged, planned a wedding, and got married this year! It was a big year!

It’s nice to be getting back in gear for that project! I know I’ve said this before, but this time I’m hoping to stick to it.. Let’s hit the ground running in 2018!