Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Night Shift: Back to the Graveyard


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.

Back to the Graveyard

The past week has felt very familiar. You see, the gang (Thomas, Soren and Herbie) and I all headed back to the smaller of the two cemeteries where we filmed The Night Shift, to shoot a couple of interviews for Macabre Theatre. Just like last year, it was insanely hot and humid; I think the mosquitoes remembered us, because they were out with a vengeance. I also had the same feeling of, "please, God, don't let the cops pull us over," because we left our apartment with a shovel, a hand-truck, and a body in the trunk. Honestly, I'm not sure if I should be relieved or very, very disturbed that not one of the neighbors who watched us pack batted an eyelash.


As with everything having to do with The Night Shift, this was a learning experience. Thomas is still new to this whole being in front of the camera business, so he had some nerves to overcome. The show required we shoot in HD, so we had an unfamiliar (borrowed) camera and a whole slew of computer challenges to contend with. Who would have guessed that our post-production programs wouldn't play well with high-definition? We're currently researching both hardware and software options now, since a new HD camera is probably going to become a necessity. Now, how we're going to pay for it is another story. We're looking into options for that, too.

Ah, yes! Financing! Thomas has a script ready to roll, and some pretty fantastic (yet, doable) creature and special effects ideas for our next project. I'm not at liberty to say much, just yet, but it will focus pretty heavily on the Jersey Devil mythos. Of course, as ready as I am to get started on the fun stuff, we first have to figure out a way to pay the bills. That seems to be a recurring theme, here...

Things have suddenly kicked into high gear around Fighting Owl headquarters, and we're just trying to keep up. These are exciting times!

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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