Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Night Shift: Litany of lists

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.

Litany of Lists

I'm a
list maker. I think it started back in high school when I had nothing better to do in class (pay attention? HA!), so I'd sit and list what I planned to do over the weekend, or what to pack for the Senior Trip. Then, in college, the lists became more necessary, what with all my crazy course loads, and, oh, trying to have a life. After college there were more lists: moving out, auditions, wedding (dear lord, there's another dozen lists right there!) ... and then came the movie. At that point, the list making became compulsive.

There have been, literally, hundreds of lists for this movie - right down to which costume pieces go with which character for which scene on which night. I have a list of food allergies, for crying out loud. I'm now down to five active lists, and I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders. Of course, these are lists of festival due dates, screenings, press, contact info to deliver cast/crew screeners and contract information, so they're not exactly insignificant.

The other day, I caught myself making a list of lists I needed to make. Remind me to add "Intervention" to one.

In post-production news, we contacted the color-correction artist from the last post about the issues we had with his work; namely, that he messed up the existing color work, sucked all the color out of the night scenes (a bright yellow poster is now gray. It's the only thing on the screen. How do you miss that?), and the files he sent were in the wrong format and didn't completely download to the hard drive we mailed to him. In other words, the work was unusable no matter how you look at it. He asked us to send him time stamps of places we were unhappy with, we did, and have not heard back. Don't worry, we have a Plan B, but I'm not planning to recommend this guy to anyone else anytime soon.

One more thing: Out of all my lists, my favorites are press and screenings. I'm thrilled to say that we've got one more interview to add to the press list! Thomas and I will be on Zombie Popcorn's video podcast Saturday, April 2 at 6 p.m. Central. Should be a good time, and I hope you all tune in!

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.