Southside of Elsewhere

Logline: Where would you go if all that you were... was erased?

A researcher and his family become fugitives when his former employer becomes interested in his young daughter's intellectual abilities.

Southside of Elsewhere is the second of a trilogy of short films that are precursors to a future-noir feature that is in pre-production.

Pre-production began back in November '08. I met with Bob Lanoue and Katherine Taylor of Friendly Universe Productions, and Antonio Lexerot of Lexerot Entertainment. I had asked Katherine and Antonio of they would play the leads, Callie and Sam Merrill, a divorced couple with joint custody of their daughter, Vivian.

From there, Bob and Katherine helped by introducing me to many talented actors and crew. Unfortunately, Bob needed to back out due to family matters though has followed us as closely as he could. Katherine introduced me to Carrie and Paul Dawson, a fantastic MUA and Photographer couple. Carrie helped me round out the rest of the supporting cast and did an AMAZING job making everyone look pretty. Check out her portfolio at HD Makeup Ready . Carrie also helped with a crucial special effect in a shootout we shot.

Trevor Hawkes also returned to help. He and his brother Trent, along with their company, T&T Costumes and Props, outfitted us with an arsonal and helped with many of the atmospheric effects that we needed.

I also asked my long time associates and friends Todd McGowan (Love's Confession, Finnegans, Corner of the Mind's Eye) and Michelle Poe (Maybe, Salt of the Earth) to help. Todd was to be the Director of Photography. Todd was happy to oblige, and we garnered some fantastic footage, and Michelle helped Produce.

I also asked David Adamic to be our location sound mixer. I met David through Russ on the set of Oisin. David is fantastic, professional and extremely helpful. He was gracious enough to let us use his equipment.

Principal Photography was from the end of January to the beginning of February 2009. We had many sets, the largest being a lounge that became a pinnacle scene and involved 15 on screen actors, lots of drama, some physical action, a shootout and a desperate escape... but it doesn't end there, and the rest of the plot is under wraps until we can premiere it.

We are now in Post Production. I was doing an offline edit, however have tapped Todd McGowan yet again for his cutting prowess to help finish it. We had shot about six hours of footage, and we still have a few shots that we need to get.

I will also have a full CAST and CREW list very soon!


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