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Wrapped - Merrily, Merrily

Merrily, Merrily is in the proverbial can. Actually it's more than in the can. The first cut is already almost done. After I have some voice over recorded tomorrow at Tim's ND Outpost I'll have all the components for a complete cut. God bless P2 technology.

Emily was beyond amazing. I was never more ecstatic than watching her mind interpret scenes and take them into territory I never could have. It was an amazing process from audition to rehearsal to screen. She's a complete natural. It's almost scary how good she is. I wonder where that comes from - what part of natural selection makes people so good at being in front a camera?

The same goes for Andy. He knocked it out of the ballpark. Especially the "big" scene of the film. His maturity and wisdom as an actor really brought an emotional resonance to the film that I couldn't grasp before. I never realized how incredibly sad the story was until I saw how crushed he became during "the talk." You'll know what I mean when you see it.

I think Jessica was the most method actor of the three. She stayed quiet and reserved while on set. During rehearsals I couldn't quite make out her interpretation of the character. I didn't know where she was going with it but wasn't concerned because I knew she was holding back. She totally pulled out all the stops in front of the camera. Her nuanced performance is so rich with layers I was blown away by her portrayal.

Everybody loves war stories but this wasn't a war. The most stressful part of the film happened before I even stepped on to the set. There were some equipment worries and an important part of the crew couldn't make the first night (they were there for the rest of the shoot thankfully!) All that was before the sticks ever touched the floor. We definitely had to warm up the first day but after that it was smooth sailing.

It makes for an interesting clash of cultures while working with a 13 year old girl on the set. By day three everyone was bursting at the seams with curse words and dirty jokes. We all just needed to run outside and have a tourette style barrage of verbal release. Childish I know.

While loyalty is important to me I feel no sense of duty to lie about my crew. That is to say they were amazing and I really mean it. The skill level on display felt like a birthday gift from an old friend. They were giving me something my budget didn't deserve. On top of that, this was the most fun, laid back shoot I've had. The stress level was way down. We just got in there and did it. No drama or unneeded pressure. Making a movie is just making a movie. There's no reason to freak out about anything. The crew abides.

That's all I can muster for now. I'm tired and need to rest before the wrap party.
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Merrily, Merrily - Ante

Today is the first day of shooting. I'm calm and ready. Many hours have been spent in pre-production for this. I'm finally gaining a comfortable work flow. Producing isn't all that bad when you have a really good A.D.

It's weird how uneventful this week has been. The majority of my time has just been waiting. No mad rush. Everything is ready. There is a difference between spontaneity and surprise. In order to achieve creative freedom you must limit your surprises. Well, at least me. I'm finally figuring out what I'm comfortable with. Having everything completely arranged and ready. I'm not fool enough to think nothing will go wrong but I've planned for things to go awry too.

So here we go.
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Tim Fite

“As much as I need to pay my bills, and it'd be great to sell some records, this is not a record for sale. These ideas are not for sale. These ideas should be for free."

At SXSW in 2006 there was an Anti Records Showcase at Central Presbyterian Church featuring Billy Braggs, Rambling Jack Elliott, Marty Stuart, Jolie Holland, and a few other bands I hadn’t heard of. There were some whispering rumors that Tom Waits might even show up. Needless to say Amy and I made sure we were there along with our friends. I'll save you the suspense now; Tom Waits did not show up. However, this didn't leave any feeling of disappointment because a fine show it was indeed. One of the great finds of the evening was Tim Fite. Using the setting of the church to his advantage and dressed in a full white suit, he blazed into an opening spoken word number with a great Southern Preacher impression. He was saying stuff a preacher would never say though. My interest was peaked. He continued on doing several songs blending folk and hip-hop. When Amy and I got back to Fort Worth we picked up his album Gone Ain’t Gone right away. It completely lived up to everything promised in the live show.

Earlier this year, Fite released a new album called Over The Counterculture. Equal parts indictment of consumerism and the highjacking of hip-hop by bogus hustler/gangsta posturing. Again, he blends his music into a hodge-podge of folk and hip-hop influences with a little more rhyming this time around. It’s a wonderful album full of great production and lyrics. In keeping with the theme of the album he decided to release the record entirely free online. That is an amazing and honorable action to take. Especially since Anti very much wanted to release the album as his follow up to Gone Ain’t Gone.

I encourage everyone to download the album and give it a listen. You won’t be disappointed plus it’s free!

Download all of Over The Counterculture (49 mb zip file.)