Monday, June 27, 2011

Back to the real world *sigh*

It's time to come back to the real world Erin.
A week ago my Mom, brother, and I left Midland, MI for a trip to Wisconsin to visit my Mom and Dad's parents. Yesterday we made the LONG nine hour drive back to Midland. The whole time that we were in Wisconsin, I checked my e-mail twice, and barley thought about the film.
During the drive home yesterday, I started a list of all the stuff that I have to get done before we begin filming in late March 2012. It seemed like a long list at the time. But now that I'm looking at it, it isn't actually that long. It is actually quite a small list of things to do. Here's part of that list:
  • Do the final audition
  • Check the script to make sure it really is finished
  • Decide on locations for filming
  • Decide who to cast for one final role
  • Get the last of the funding secured

Being an introvert has made the process of putting myself out there, and trying to get various people and companies to help fund the film hasn't been the eaisiest thing for me. But I have managed to learn how to do it.

It was nice to get out of Midland for about a week. Now I can jump back into things, and with a bunch of energy!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The role of Jodi

Hello again!

After having had some time away from blogging about the film, I'm back! This past week was a crazy one. I spend the whole week dealing with kids during vacation bible school and music exploration at my church. And so I didn't spend much time working on casting, music for the film, or on anything related to the film.

I finally got back into working on the film last night. And now I can proudly announce that I have casted anouther role in this film!

The role of Jodi will be played by Angela Gulner. If you want to know anything about her check out the following link:
It was quite hard to make a decision about who should play Jodi. I had five different women that I could have casted in the role of Jodi. And it wasn't an easy decision. Of those five women, there was so much talent. Each of them brought something unique to the role. And so I really struggled to make a decision for quite some time. Finally I was get the list shortened to three women that could choose from, and ended up deciding on Anglea for several reasons that I won't go into now. But I will say that those three women I was considering for the role of Jodi were amazing actors.
I honestly never thought that I would meet someone with a MFA from Harvard. But now I have thanks to Angela. I am looking forward to working with Angela on this film because of the talent she brings to the film.
I can tell you that one of the remaining two woment that were not cast as Jodi has been casted as jennifer. But that's a completley different blog for anouther time.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Announcment: the roles of Jennifer's biological father, Rachel, and Meg!!!

Tonight I would love to announce three of the actors that will be playing the roles of Jennifer's adoptive father, Rachel (Jennifer's step sister), and Meg (Jennifer's step sister).
David Waldman will be playing the role of Jennifer's adoptive father.
Mandlyn Carlson will be playing the role of Rachel.
Annabelle will be playing the role of Meg.
I do have a few more auditions this week for the rest of the roles that I still have not cast anybody in. But I am sure that I will post anouther announcment of who will be cast in what role when I make those decisions.

Friday, June 3, 2011


Nobody ever said that making their first full length feature would be easy. But nobody told me just how much talent there is that wants to be a part of this film. Casting the film is going to be one of those things that is going to take a lot of thought on my part. I don't want to just get the casting right. I also want to cast people that will make the actuall filming something that none of us will ever forget.
Early today I opened my exel document that has all of the casting information that I need on it, and began making a chart of the different options of who I could cast in certain parts. In the end I had a table of different combinations of actors playing different roles to choose from. I then went through and color coded each option with a different color so that I could tell which options I liked the best and least. I still have not made any definate decisions as to who I am going to cast in each role. But I am a small step closer. It doesn't help that I still have three more auditions coming up in the next week and a half that will help me determine who I am going to cast in what role.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


It has been a few days since I posted here. But that's okay. Not posting here the past couple of days has allowed for some meaningfull editing to get done, three great in-person auditions held, contact with a couple of camera people and their references, contacting several local buisness' about using their premises for a couple of scenes that I would rather not delete if possible, and reviewing several video submissions for various roles. The hardest part of making this film is yet to come. And yet the hardest part is the part that I am looking forward to the most!
I already know that the process of deciding who to cast and who not to cast will be hard. After all I have seen so much talent since I made the decision to make this film. I keep wondering if I am going to make the right choices on who to cast. I'm sure that I will make good choices on who to cast, but it is a daunting process.
I have already had contact with Dow Gardens (in Midland). I am glad to say that I will be shooting part of the film in Dow Gardens. I am definatly looking forward to filming that section of the film simply because of the natural beauty that will help make the outdoor scenes so beautiful.
Back to the editing and contemplating who to cast. Hopefully everyone has (or has had) a good day (depending on where you are in the world).

"Unlimited, together we're unlimited, together we'll be the greatest team theres ever been..." "Defying Gravity" from the hit musical "Wicked"