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.
Christmas is Coming
Remember when you were a kid, and there was something really great that you wanted for Christmas - maybe a Red Ryder BB Gun or a Nintendo64?
Whatever the toy was, you knew that it would absolutely make Christmas morning ... if you got it. If not, well, you might be just as happy, if not happier, with what you ended up with, or you might spend the rest of the day trying not to let on how disappointed you were. Okay, now remember how you felt the week before Christmas, when the big day was so near you could taste it, but at the same time, felt like it was never going to arrive. The anticipation over what would be under the tree was so intense you thought you'd die, and you spent every free moment going through closets or trying to peer through wrapping paper to see if you might just have that special toy to unwrap.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it's the week before Christmas.
We know we're getting a movie, but whether or not it's the movie we envisioned and have hoped for is yet to be seen. The first pass at color-correction is done, and we're waiting on an upload to approve. The final elements for the sound mix have been sent off, and it's only a matter of days until that's completely finished.
Christmas morning is imminent, and Thomas and I are sneaking peeks right and left. We've watched the raw footage, the rough cut, the final edit, the final edit with rough color-correction, and the final edit with color-correction and rough sound. We have, literally, watched this film grow from an idea to what I would consider its adolescent stage (almost there, but a little gawky and awkward at times). Now we're just waiting for the adult-stage final cut to appear.
We know that it's a really fun, enjoyable movie. What's going on now is just polish to make it as amazing as possible. When all is said and done, there will be toasts and cheers, congratulations and pats on the back - all deserved, I'd say. Our cast and crew worked extremely hard on the film, and are to be commended. We know the movie, like Christmas morning, is going to be awesome. What we don't know is just how awesome it's going to be.
That's what's making me nervous. That's what's put one or two more gray hairs on Thomas' head (though I lay claim to most). That's what has us lying awake at night, listening for sleighbells.
Christmas is coming. There will be a movie soon, and, at this point, all we can do is rip the wrapping paper off and hope for the best.