We're at Dead Ebb . . . and The Hump is chasing me.
We've got another big Women's Studies shoot this weekend. Lately they've all felt like big shoots. For weeks, I've been telling the cast and crew (and myself) "This next shoot gets us over the hump. Once we're done here, it's smooth sailing."
Yet somehow, each subsequent shoot brings it's own difficulties. We're all exhausted. Nerves are frayed. The money is getting tapped. The Ningen Manga technical gremlins have returned for an encore. Dead Ebb, man; the darkest part of the night where the tide comes right up to the edge of the dunes.
All I really want to do is just sit back and watch old Twilight Zone episodes. And why not? We're into our third month of shooting, and will definitely have a fourth. I'd say at this point that we've got a little over two-thirds of the film in the can. The light at the end of the tunnel is visible, but there's still dark chasms to cross in order to get there.
No time for rest though. There's still lots of movie to make. The tide hasn't gone out yet, nor has the sun risen . . . and the hump is hungry.
Below are various shots form various shoots over the past few weeks. Some of these pics could easily be considered "spoilers" so consider yourself warned.
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Tara Garwood (Judith) and Kelley Slagle (Diane) share a tender moment.
Shooting a scene at Ross-Prentiss Women's Academy.
L to R: Tiffany James (Melissa), Art Director Stephanie Petagno, Cindy Marie Martin (Mary) in the green room during the "Initiation Scene."
The Ross-Prentiss Altar.
Kelley Slagle (Diane) does her best Michael Myers impression.
Extras look on in disbelief that Kelley Slagle (Diane) might actually have maternal instincts.
Tara Garwood (Judith) and extras prepare for an intense scene.
Cindy Marie Martin (Mary) touches up her hair before a shot.
The Lady Killers from L to R: Cindy Marie Martin (Mary), Tara Garwood (Judith), Kelley Slagle (Diane), Laura Bloechl (Iris), Tiffany James (Melissa)
Cindy Marie Martin (Mary), Santa Fe Writer's Project Director Andrew Gifford, and Tara Garwood (Judith) pose by the Ningen Manga Productions booth at Horrorfind Weekend 8.
Melisa Breiner-Sanders skips directly to the end of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
Again, just don't ask.
"Lady of the Moon, Lord of the Sun, protect me and mine now day is done. Allow me to live each day in the light, and give me the strength to do what is right."