Sunday, March 29, 2009

Shooting "Poor Elise" - test scene

Yesterday while everyone else in NYC was outside frolicking in the spring air, I was indoors in a location set up to be a dingy, motel room, shooting a test scene for my brand new web series, Poor Elise. Our series is a huge departure from what you normally see online. Not only do we have an amazing script and dedicated crew, we have high production values, including stop motion animation, post production graphics, and a kick ass soundtrack (performed by our very own 9-piece chamber orchestra and composed by our Co-Executive Producer, T.C. Crosser.) The filmmaking style will blend aspects of films like “Amelie” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” - highly artistic, and not always based in reality, with flashbacks and dream sequences. Plus we have me starring in it, and THAT isn’t being done online either... =)

This test scene was developed to allow us a chance to test our equipment and team work, and give our post production folks something to work with as we develop our production plan. For the actual production, we will be reshooting the scene, but for this one we hired a fantastic actor for me to play opposite. It was a lot of fun! I cannot really give away the plot, or else I’d be giving away a “reveal” for our pilot! But I will say that the scene was shot in a sort of film noir style, complete with cigarette smoke and mood lighting, as only a shady motel room can have.

To learn more about the project, you can visit our website. You can also become a fan on Facebook!


  1. Thanks! I took the basic template from one of the third party websites, and then customized some of the colors, the graphics, and the formatting. Yippee!


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