Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Night Shift: Movie Mayhem

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.

Movie Mayhem

So, a funny thing happened over the weekend: The movie sort of ... imploded. It's fine now. Everything's been fixed, and we're back on track to be finished very, very, very soon, and my heart might even start beating again soon.

Saturday, we got an email from one of our special effects artists, telling us his computer had crashed. All of our files had been backed up, so they were fine, but if we wanted to have someone else finish them, that might not be a bad idea. He had an iPad, so he could communicate, but it wasn't going to be much help to us.


Our other effects artist was more than happy to take on the extra files, but waiting for him to respond to our plea was absolute torture.

As if that wasn't enough, at the same time the effects were going nuclear on us, I find out from our sound editor that everything's fine. Well, great. Why wouldn't it be?

It wasn't fine five hours earlier, when his equipment decided that our sound mix would make a tasty snack, and tried to eat the audio for The Night Shift. Awesome. Luckily, our sound editor was able to get everything back up and running, and didn't need to fill us in on the problem until there wasn't a problem anymore.

Of course, while all this was going on, we were in the middle of evaluating the candidates for color-corrector, and checking out festival entry deadlines. The stress level in my house is currently stuck somewhere around eleven.

As for last week's "visitor", there have been no more sightings, so, for now, I'm chalking it up to anxiety. If anything else odd should happen, I have the contact information for a local paranormal expert. If there's anything to it, she'll be able to help me figure out what's going on.

Tonight, we've got an actor coming over to record a couple of lines that haven't mixed as well as we'd like. Once that's finished, everything movie-related will be completely out of our hands, and into those of our post team. It shouldn't be long now. I hope.

We're still plugging away at this thing. In the meantime, you can follow The Night Shift at 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.