Dec 21 2009

The end is near

My “brilliant idea”, which Marcus mentioned below ^^, was really the only option for us and it’s a good road to walk down on. We are very close to the finishline now and all of our worries are gone. All the scenes which we had to shoot – during 2009 – are now done. We will shoot the end scenes in mid January of 2010 and some other scenes during spring; my guess is end of February or March. During that time I should have put together a first cut of Gothland Elysium and hopefully even a final cut with ADR, music and VFX.

The Gothland Elysium project was a way for us to “get back in the game” and basically a practice project (but a serious one). So far everything has turned out even better than we had hoped and Gothland Elysium will be completed. But whatever happens to this little film, we will always be proud of it and cherish the good and the bad memories from the days of production.

Lastly, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce our cast and thank them for their hard work this year. From both me and Marcus: thank you all so much for helping us making our script into a film (see cast pics below).

Thank you for visiting our production blog and your continued support. Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

by intelligentlight

Miki Terasaki as “Natalie”

Anna Hedqvist as “Linn”

Nils Bossius Klintenberg as “Tim”

Dec 4 2009

Decisive through coercion

Each and every day the last month have consisted of barely comprehensible fractions of episodes mostly spent in a darkness that just doesn’t seem to let up. (We had exactly three sun hours during the entire November.) It has been pitch dark when I’ve forced myself out of bed with greater and greater effort, each time cursing over the fact that it has to be impossible to go into hibernation until April. And it’s pitch black when I leave the office building. (Which on one hand has high windows, but they happen to face a mostly empty asphalted area beneath a mostly dark and clouded sky.) These episodes merge together in an impeding vortex of  thoughts and impressions, making even seemingly easy decisions turn gradually harder and senseless. They shouldn’t be. It has almost come to the point where the business hours have been a chaotic vacation and the spare time has become monotonous and soul-shatteringly boring work that temporarily only can end by suffering through it. Without any doubt has this been an exhausting trip through an unusually uninspiring part of hyperspace.

The last and missing part of the film has naturally been a big part of this void-wasteland merry-go-round. The  project has had a very frightening and accurate striking distance and hasn’t been easy to steer away from mentally. But seeing the chances to complete the film fading away on the trail of a bolting demon is what has been most frustrating to endure.

This far.

That is until intelligentlight came up with a plausible and brilliant idea that also seems possible to carry out. This was definitely a turning point after the latest setbacks. (Scheduling conflicts, economic issues and so on.) We may not be on the track yet (Seeing how we have to plan the next step around this idea.), but we know where the bloody track is again.

by Markus