If you're wondering what's gone down in 'Blow Out' land (we're changing the title, but for now, we'll call it by it's original name… kind of like driving with a learner's permit), I've got news, all the news that's fit to print, about short films, electronically, right here….
Firstly, there were so many f'RIGin' talented people on this shoot that shooting in NYC seems like a distant, beautiful, aristocratic-but-kinda-pale cousin to filmmaking in Alberta. I'm talking about people like our gaffer Cheska, who could pull a florescent orange balaclava over her face and smile in -20 C; our 1st AC Kendra, who never stopped long enough to be anything but hot in her flannel shirt; our SAIT students Crys, Justice, Mickey, Justin and David, who held down entire departments (Oh, hi craft services) while maintaining their course load at school;
Keith Carlsen, our resident master photographer who rolled with becoming a line producer/PA/moral supporter when we needed him most; Sarah Smalik, who produced, art directed and made musicals about manatees while inspiring our humanity; co-producer Diana Golts for being an organizational and morale-boosting salve; DP Eddie Martinez for surviving the cold longer than anyone without breaks;
DIT and editor Bailey Donovan for simply being on it, regardless of what 'it' was; composer Andrea Wettstein for inspiring ideas and coming to set; makeup artist Ashley Godick for making everyone look either good or muddy (and for being willing to pick up other jobs, like wardrobe!, when we were at a loss); sound man Jesse Sanderson who worked through a freezing night shoot with nay a complaint; Thommy, Lane and Adam, who volunteered as if they were getting paid; co-producer Charlotte Glynn for lugging over all the equipment from NYC; Kelly MacDougall and her husband, Darren Harrold, who lent his truck and took care of their kids when we stole her away for nights at a time… the list goes on and on. Thank you everyone so very much - there is more to come on all of this but I wanted to get a little out there before it was too late. I won't even get started with our talented, hilarious and tough cast in this post - Medina Hahn, Steve Major, Pete Balkwill, Kevin Weir, Kenny Wood-Schatz, Evan Rein and Ryan Pinder - to name a few - will be the subject of their own post to come.
Secondly, I would like to thank Bonavista Energy Corp. and Savanna Energy Services Corp. for essentially making this film possible. We lost so many locations - our plan As, then our plan Bs - that a day before the shoot I was making a sorry Plan C that relied on close-ups to hide our lack-of-location. Then Bonavista stepped in with not only a 'yes' to our request to shoot on their lease (being drilled by Savanna), but also with much-needed enthusiasm. They trusted in our integrity and chose to help us as members of the community by granting access; as a result we got to tell our unrequited-love story on an oil rig in the way I'd hope we could.
In particular I would like to thank Ken Voytechek, Mark Hendricks, and Ian Cook for their involvement and their time despite all being very, very busy - I hope this film makes you guys as proud as we were to be working alongside you.
And, lastly, of course, thank you to my family. My Aunt Dianne for cooking an incredible dinner for us all one night; my grandfather Gerry Maier for all of his support; Alistair Bryden for flying people out and lending us his truck, and, finally, my beautiful mom for hosting and smiling her way through the foster care of the many, tired filmmakers who took over her house for a few weeks… she's just the best.
More to come in terms of gratitude, but until then… thank you everyone.