Saturday, January 5, 2013

Why We Cry - Adventures in Movie Making

A year ago, John decided to go back to school to pursue his dream -- becoming a 3D animator and a director of animated films. Last semester he took a class called Cinematographic Storytelling. His final project was to make a short silent film. He decided to create a film adaptation of one of our short stories, Why We Cry. You can download Why We Cry free if you'd like to read the story.
When John told me which story he wanted to use and asked me to be the cameraperson, I thought he was nuts. If you read the story, you'll understand why. It's about 80% dialog. I tried to talk him out of it, but his mind was made up. So we had our work cut out for us. We sat down one evening over a bottle of wine and brainstormed.

John asked our friends Sandra Szendrey and her daughter Aysha to play the roles of mother and daughter. I'm glad we did because they did a terrific job. Here's the silent movie -- with the addition of a soundtrack on harmonica by Frank Miller and a few key lines of voiceover.

Let us know what you think.  Oh...and the best thing. We had so much fun making the movie and seeing the story come to life that we've decided to make another one. We are in the early stages of a movie adaptation of our short story, The Bar. It's published in Mind of a Mad Man, which is available at Smashwords and on Amazon.

1 comment:

  1. PepiSmartDog: Rachelle this is wonderful! So glad you included your work in Thankful Thursday blog hop. Congratulations to you and John on a job well done. Please post more of your work in Thankful Thursday. Look forward to reading more from you. *high paw* :=o)