It’s amazing how long films can last on the festival circuit but I’m excited that Record, a short film I co-produced for writer / director David Lyons, is still alive and well in 2014.
We shot the movie in late 2011 out on the Oregon Coast in a little town called Barview. The short made its Oregon premier at the Portland International Film Festival this last Thursday and has one more screening this coming Tuesday the 18th at 6pm as part of a slate of shorts. https://nwfc.spotlightboxoffice.com/purchase/step4?ticketID=3972
While the location adds tons of production value, story is and always will be king. David and his friends penned one of the most beautiful short scripts I’ve ever read. When my best friend and producer on the project Dave Szamet sent me the script, I was in tears just reading it. I’ve probably seen the short at least a dozen times now and it never gets old and I still tear up.
A good story can sell your film without a the glitz and glam or Hollywood talent, but make sure the story is as good as it can be before filming. Writing the script and rewrites are the cheapest part of filmmaking. Utilize it. Record went through seven or eight drafts before David Lyons felt it was strong enough.
Filming 2 hours from Portland has its drawbacks, as we had to make almost daily trips back to town for supplies, but the scenery couldn’t have been better. The house was perfect. We shot digitally on an Arri Alexa kitted out by Panavision. DP Polly Morgan is part of their young filmmakers program and we were able to get the entire package donated to the production, which probably saved us between $6k-$10k.
After we had locked out location, I began establishing some connections in the community, as we were going to need authentic set dressing and a boat. I was able to connect our very talented production designer, Anne Costa, with the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum’s director Gary Albright. They couldn’t have been more helpful, donating some amazing set dressings and connecting us with local fishing guide, that helped us with our boat needs. As it turned out, Gary and his wife, lived three houses down from our picture house in Barview, and had us over for wine and cheese a couple nights during production. They really welcomed us into the community, which in and of itself is a huge lift for indie filmmakers.
I’m hoping to host a private screening down the coast this spring for all of those that helped the production and for others who just would like to join.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.