Making a film is never ever merely regarding the finished product. Especially in the indie world, a film set serves as an area to do homework, build a network, grab recognized, develop a core team, and even grab a workout. (Hey, everyone that happens to be on set moves the furniture once the Director says to!)
Recently Snowbird Ghosttown LLC (aka Christopher Bradley) teamed up along with Brian Kiefling of Madu Productions to create “The Trigger.” The film explores the instinct to save each others from the dark globe of alcohol addiction and recovery, sometimes at the expense of our own lives. It is written and directed by Christopher Bradley, and stars Slade Pierce and Julia Severance.
The discussions between Snowbird Ghosttown and Madu started at this year’s Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival in June. Bradley wanted to job quickly, along with a objective of obtaining the rest of the pre-production job finish in merely 5 weeks. They ran in to snags, and it was durable to offer the cast and crew enough notice to take time off from their day jobs. In fact, because they had to begin filming a bit later compared to hoped for, filming spilled over in to the initial week of the school year. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, however the lead actor, Julia Severance, had to film in short bursts each afternoon prior to going house to do her school work.
Another of the consequences of a short pre-production period was that locations didn’t necessarily have actually time to fully commit. At one point, Kiefling and Bradley found themselves scouting locations for the exact same day’s scene, however were able to magically pull every little thing together. As is regularly the case on an independent set, most cast and crew job a full time task in addition to filming, so making the filming book should have actually seemed love an workout in theoretical mathematics. Plus, because it was a SAG/AFTRA set, the quantity of paperwork alone was as thick as the script. Each day.
The film had the normal catastrophes we hear regarding on set: they lost the sound guy because of an injury in the initial weekend of filming, they had to reduce one of the lead’s shooting book since she had to go to school, they had to rent much more equipment compared to expected, they lost a location, and they were functioning on open sets, which gained it every one of the much more challenging.
But through it all, passion perseveres. As Kiefling said, “once the job is done, there is still job to be done.” The objective for “The Trigger” is next year’s festival circuit, then locking down distribution. The crew really came with each other for this one, and a few newcomers actually shone. Marlon Hawkins that served as the Second AD, particularly garnered respect. Even once the initial AD was off set, Hawkins gained a seamless transition and did wonders once he was left in charge on some quite challenging days.
One thing runs constant on indie film sets, and it’s the quantity of effort everyone puts in. They job a normal job, after that come and job on set for 8 or 12 hours. They put every one of their focus in to the film for the three weeks they’re filming. And once I ask each Producer just what they’ll do as quickly as they wrap, they every one of offer the exact same one word answer that Kiefling did: “Sleep.”
They’re on Instagram at thetriggermovie and Facebook under “The Trigger.” Examine out the 2 to preserve up to date as the film moves in to post-production.