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“Amateurs”

Hello, all!

This is a posting about a show that our talented leading lady, Alexandra Grossi, is appearing in next week.  I encourage you all to come, it sounds awesome!

Amateurs

What defines us: our love or our art? Olivia Lilley’s new play Amateurs mixes love and art together until they are impossible to separate. Directed by Benjamin Ehrenreich, Amateurs follow the life of three roommates and an ex-boyfriend as they struggle to find themselves in a world rife with entanglement, loneliness, and personal failure. With biting humor, Lilley crafts a tale of identity and its ever-shifting nature, resonating profoundly with anyone who has wondered what makes a person who they are. The show features Alexandra Grossi as Angela, Joy Shatz as Masha, Lee Chrisman as Brick, and Jon Burklund as Dorian. Playing Saturday, January 9th in hopes of sparking interest for further productions. Playing at the Royal Theatre at The Producer’s Club, 358 W 44th Street New York, NY 10036. Tickets are $15 get them at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/93977.

Another Day, Another Cut

Good morning, loyal fans!

What’s going on with “The Sheol Express”, you ask?  We’ve been doing lots of behind-the-scenes post-production work that’s not quite blog-appropriate, but we wanted to drop a line and update what we can.  We’ve been slowly raising the money that we need to complete the film through post-production, and our editor Evan Derrick is relentlessly refining the cut of the film:

Something very exciting that’s happening this weekend is that we’ve flown Evan to NY to be with us as we try to “picture-lock” the edit, so it can move on to the audio and visual effects stages of post-production.  We took a look at the third cut of the film earlier this week, and we’ve recently placed our collaborative changes into a “fine cut” – v4.0.

Tomorrow, we will be screening this cut of “The Sheol Express” for the first “audience” (that isn’t limited to our selves and our moms).  We’ve got about 15 friends coming over to our house in Harlem, NYC, to view the film.  We’ve invited a few of our trusted film peers, a couple of them editors, some people who have been involved with the production from day one who know the story, members of our post-production team, several people who have no idea what the film is about, and one who has never even heard of us before.

The idea is to be able to get a good read on how the story is being communicated to the audience – if it’s too ambiguous, too simplistic, if all the fart jokes carry or not, etc.  We’ve spent over 15 months on this, and we want to make sure that we’re not “too close” to some of the material to be able to edit it objectively.

So, this means that tonight, we’re working on refining audio cuts, adjusting volume levels, putting in temporary music, and generally making the cut palatable for our audience tomorrow.

So, wish us luck, and if any of our actors are reading this, Evan does accept bribes in the form of financial compensation, strong mixed drinks, or babysitting his kids for a weekend, in return for more screen time.