I know. I’ve treated this blog like a red-headed stepchild. I was pretty diligent there for a while then dropped off the radar. Whose idea was it to serialize the four-day shoot report anyway? Suffice to say, I’ve been busy working on gone Elvis rather than summarizing the other three days. Also, I have to admit that I just haven’t been in the mood to write about anything. It’s been a hard year. Freelance gigs that used to pay the bills have become scarce in a market with almost no good news; and gone Elvis itself is something I’ve felt alternately good and bad about through post-production.
I’m happy with certain aspects of the film, disappointed with others. I know we bit off a little more production than was reasonable with the resources available, but there it is. I also knew going into production that the script was not inherently a short but a truncated feature, which can be a dangerous decision. In fact, although I had not set out to make a short as a prelude to a feature, that is now my thinking about this material. I believe both the subject matter and the character lend themselves to a more expansive story; and with that in mind, I believe the short is a very useful experiment that stands on its own as a viewing experience. We’ll see. gone Elvis will debut this October at the FilmColumbia festival in Chatham, New York; and then we’re planning a limited-run, online sneak in collaboration with Operation GI Jane, inviting service women to watch and review the film online. Beyond that, we’ll look at other festivals and next steps.
In the meantime, here’s the link to the rest of the shoot summaries.