Way back in Berlin this February I updated everyone on the progress of Replace, a very cool psychological thriller / body horror film that Colin and I are working on. It’s a Canadian-German co-pro and we’re thrilled to be working with David Miller (Siddharth, Blackbird, Amal, countless other great Canadian films) and the writer-director and producer team who we affectionately refer to as “our Germans”, Norbert Keil and Felix von Poser.
In Berlin we announced that the film was happening. In Cannes, we announce that we’ve almost locked our cast – Rebecca Forsythe (she’s this guy‘s daughter but she got the role on her own merits), German model-actress Lisa Tomaschewsky, and two Canucks – Ksenia Solo & Michael Ironside (did you know he was Canadian? He is).
Guess who I’m most excited about?
All of them, of course. C’mon, I don’t play favourites! Anyway, here’s the Playback article about it. Wheee!
I am working on a regular festival diary for my first (successful!) day in the market but in the meantime, I have to share this fabulous news.
One of the projects I’m working on has finally been announced – a press release went out last night and it’s already getting a lot of great buzz. Replace is a smart and unique horror/thriller from a very talented writer/director. It features a cool female protagonist (a thing that I love) and is, in my humble opinion, totally going to kick ass. One look at the poster image and you’re sold, am I right?
They misspelled my name in The Hollywood Reporter, but y’know what, I’m not gonna quibble too much:
The press release went out today and it’s already hit other sites like Bloody Disgusting and Dread Central among others. We’ve been working on this cool project for over a year and it’s such a pleasure to be able to share it with the world, finally!
Looking forward to sharing the rest of the adventure with our Canadian partners at Agency 71 and 108 Media, and the German Writer-Director Norbert Keil and Producer Felix von Poser, the team who we affectionately refer to as “our Germans”. Congrats to all. A really terrific way to kick off EFM this year.
This past week has been scheduling hell. It’s also been super fun and really exciting, don’t get me wrong. But damn.
As I mentioned in a previous post, this past week was the week of multiple filmmaker visits. First, the very awesome director and producer duo of The Demon’s Rook came to town for an intensive four day colour correction blitz.
I’ve never seen colour correction done before. I was fascinated by the extent to which they could not only change the colours in a scene – changing flat-looking grass into a vibrant green, for example – but also how easily they could re-light a scene in order to draw the eye to a particular part of the frame and focus the viewer’s attention. The process was done for us as a favour (a huge and expensive and incredibly generous favour), but it certainly made me realize how crucial the process is. The Demon’s Rook was already a super fun movie, and it already looked good. Colour correction just made it look so much more polished and slick that it’s as if we doubled or tripled the budget in those four days.
Now we just have to sit back and wait for the festival invitations to start rolling in, I guess. Knock on wood. Fingers crossed.
The second pair of filmmakers (our adorable Germans) were in town to talk to potential Canadian partners in order to hopefully make a deal that will allow the film to get financed and move forward. We have assembled several Canadian partners who can bring a lot to the project. Naturally, they will want something in exchange for their contribution – a stake in the project.
This means that the German producer has a tough choice to make – is he willing to give up a chunk of the control over the project in exchange for the possibility of actually getting it made. No matter how great the deal looks, it’s got to be tough. He’s spent two years working very hard on this, and now he has to give a portion of it away and trust that others won’t muck it up.
While all this has been happening, I’ve also been trying to put together an application form for some funding for the project I’m working on with Peter Lynch. I feel like that film is supposed to be my top priority, but I had to neglect it this week because everything else was happening all at the same time. Stressful.
Next week, when life goes “back to normal” (ha ha), I will hopefully catch up on all the work (and laundry) that I’ve neglected this week. As July is around the corner, I also have to start focusing on prep for our end-of-July trip to the Fantasia festival in Montreal, where Colin and I will be attending the Frontieres international co-production market, representing The Void (by team Manborg). Hopefully, all this upcoming work will be interesting and informative to write about, and all my blog posts won’t end up being the same “oooh, I’m sooooooo busyyyyyy” nonsense. Let’s hope.