Mid-winter update on Montgomery County Movie
Sunday, January 12, 2014 9:00 PM
Almost daily people we meet keep asking Philip Demoret and me "How's the movie coming?"
So let's bring you up to date. As I mentioned last time we've reached the "half-time" break on the scene shooting schedule which turned out to be a good thing considering the normal holiday season schedule changes and abnormal weather. Meanwhile Philip and Jason Lowe, our Film Editor, have been reviewing all indoor scenes previously filmed looking for mistakes and problems. They have found many.
Most deal with the issue of "Continuity". Filming a movie is nothing like producing a stage play. A single scene in a movie may take place in as many as 3, 4, 5 or more different locations. For example a bedroom, kitchen and living room indoors plus a porch, street or back yard outdoors. Naturally each location requires a different "set". Since we don't have a big Hollywood Sound Stage at our disposal these sets, even though all located in Montgomery County, are usually miles apart, which necessitates filming them on different days.
As an example let's say a 15-second otherwise forgettable blurb in a movie calls for one character to simply (1) put his coat on inside his living room, (2) go out the front door, cross the porch and down the steps, (3) walk across the street to a neighbor's house (4) go up two steps, knock on the door, be greeted and (5) enter the living room of the second house. Now, don't you think it would be wise to show that actor wearing the same coat and pants at each of those 5 different locations? Not a shiny red vinyl in his house, a yellow polka-dot on his porch, a blue paisley as he crosses the street, a striped black and white as he knocks on the door and military camouflage in the neighbors living room. (Someone might notice) That's an example of "BAD Continuity" and upon viewing what we have previously filmed we didn't pay enough attention to (are you ready?) the color of a pair of hair braid rubber-bands. As a result 5 scenes have been reshot. More to come, but we're learning.
Our MCM spotlight shines today on Olivia McKenna who plays an important role in our Montgomery County Movie. In fact last summer the very first scene we filmed for our movie was in the Cox Addition of Crawfordsville and featured Olivia in the roll of a 6 to 8 year old girl. (No she didn't have the braids but we did want to complete her filming before she grew to 6-6).
Despite her youth, Olivia is certainly considered a veteran performer by now with appearances at Beef and Boards, Myers Dinner Theatre (where she stared as Annie), appearances with the Sugar Creek Players, various John Blair Performing Groups, local Churches and more.
As with many others in our group one example of Olivia's professional manner is her instant adaptability to direction. Make one suggested adjustment and she simply says "OK" then locks right into it from that point forward.
Outside of singing, acting, playing piano and guitar Liv enjoys math, science and knitting, It's nice to have Olivia with us at the age of 8.
As for now...as they say in the Movie Business...."That's a wrap"
Dick Munro is Producer of Montgomery County Movies LLC and can be reached at 362-3838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.