These past few months have been flying by and it's been difficult to find time to keep up with this blog! No worries, though, as I have great production stories and some new exciting updates about the next independent feature film, "You Don't Say!", being shot around the local area.
Cast and crew plowed through an exciting, and a little stressful, last couple weeks of filming! We shot almost every day to get principle photography finished by the second week of July-- which we did! The local businesses were instrumental in aiding us to finish filming, and couldn't have been more proud to have their business in the film. We used locations like the Blissful Banana Cafe (Orland Park), the Softer Side (Frankfort), White Street Gallery (Frankfort), All Saints Lutheran Church (Orland Park), Horton Insurance (Mokena), Homewood Suites (Orland Park), Disc Replay (Crest Hill), Mama Vesuvios (Palos Heights), and the John Hancock Center!
While our shoots were faced paced, we had some great times! Sure, there were hardships as on every film set, but we overcame them to get the movie shot. I had a good experience on this film and learned a lot. I've met several awesome people that I know will go far due to their talent and I was happy to have had the chance to work with them. Robert Alaniz, the director, worked extrememly hard on this film, as he has confided in me that this may be his last film--- where he doesn't have a blockbuster budget!!!! That statement only means that we are in the beginning stages of promotion so we may receieve distribution for You Don't Say!
While Alaniz is taking a couple weeks off to recuperate from the intense filming, he will strike back hard to edit at the end of this month. We have a teaser trailer that he'll be posting to our website soon (www.sole-productions.net; click on the You Don't Say! tab)! Alaniz and some of the lead actors will have on-screen appearances on Channel 7 ABC news, and maybe even some radio. Several local and Chicago newspapers have already interviewed several of us, so look out for all that stuff!
Now... you're probably all wondering what happened to Larry Thomas (i.e. "Soup Nazi" from Seinfeld). Well he came and performed like a champ! It was so fun to work with him and see his acting style. I think I can speak for cast and crew when I say how professional he was and such a nice guy. Maybe I was assuming he was going to be a LA diva, but I was totally wrong! Mr. Thomas made an impression that I will never forget. Oh, we had some good times when I tried driving him to the airport and my car broke down! Instead of being furious, he laughed and laughed and told me, "I'm telling everyone in LA about you-- you might not want to drive people around!" All in jest, I'm sure!
I've attached great photos of a combination of shoots for all my viewers to see. Stay tuned for more premiere info! Enjoy!