Friday, December 17, 2010

The Night Shift: Paranormal Publicity

The Night Shift is the production diary of Fighting Owl Film's new independent supernatural-adventure-comedy of the same name currently in "post" in Mobile, AL. Over the course of the next several weeks and months, you'll get an insider's peek at what it's like for filmmakers to craft a new entry of paranormal pop culture from Erin Lilley, a producer and actress on the film.

Paranormal Publicity

I am happy to report that our first publicity outing was a complete success! We sold all of the posters we had available, plus a few other items, and the trailer was a hit. Even in the freezing weather, we had a strong turn-out, with several people coming by just because they'd read about us in the paper and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Not a bad night, folks. Not bad at all. I do apologize for the somewhat fuzzy picture, but those are the three leads from our film. Photography's fun when everyone keeps bumping into you.  
 
The online publicity is going well, too. We've now been officially invited to screen The Night Shift in two festivals, and have had offers for screenings in other places, but until all contracts are signed and delivered, I'm not going into details. As soon as everything's finalized, I'll be sure to let you know, so you can come out if you're in town.

Over the weekend, we finished (finally!) re-recording lines that had been obscured by noise from the generator. Well, I say we finished. We actually still need to get a scream from one actress, but she was under the weather with, of all things, laryngitis, so that's been put off until this coming weekend. Let me tell you, there is very little that is quite as challenging for an actor than trying to re-create a performance from several months back, sitting in a chair, tethered to a microphone--and I make my living as a voice-over artist! All I can say, is that it's a necessary evil, and completely worth the headache, because our sound guys are geniuses. They're awesome, and I want to do anything I can to make their job easier.

So, basically, we're just chugging along, trying to finish this thing. I'm handling the people-oriented side of things (emails, texts, phone calls, that sort of thing). Thomas is sync-ing up the recorded audio and approving special effects, and there underneath the Christmas tree, bathed in the beautiful white glow from the twinkling lights and shimmering ornaments, is Herbie, supervising.

We're still plugging away at this thing. In the meantime, you can follow The Night Shift at www.thenightshiftmovie.com. You can check out the poster, trailer, cast and crew, and some fun downloads. Heck, if you like, you can even be our friend on Facebook and Twitter (@NightShiftMovie), where you can follow more of the progress of the movie.

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