Lauren Bacall / Josh Hutcherson film gets a new lease on life
Last year I was fortunate to do a little work on a film for a friend. Brian Sharp is an amazing art director (taught me everything I know – about art direction) and hired me to build him some props for Carmel By The Sea, a feature being shot in a nearby town (Carmel By The Sea film blog here).
Turns out the flick starred some of the biggest names in Hollywood, both new and seasoned… Lauren Bacall, Alfred Molina, Josh Hutcherson, and Hayden Panattiere, to name a few. The film had a terrific crew and the footage looks amazing.
I was charged with building many of the hero props… the story hinges on a cache of historical documentation – old photos, yellowed newspaper articles, medical and legal documents, love letters. I built them all from scratch, writing headlines and articles, printing them onto newsprint, aging them in tea and lemon juice, baking them in the oven on low. Old photos were printed on gloss paper, wrinkled, aged, dog-eared. I researched medical and legal documents and filing procedures, reproduced the folders and labels and forms, filled them with jargon and then beat them on a table top for good measure.
Then, when it was all over, it looked like the film may not see the light of day. There were all the requisite post production budget issues and whatnot. The film threatened to languish in post Hell.
But now, it’s got the support of a new production partner, Experience Movie Studios, and they’re looking at a Sept release.
I hope it gets done… I enjoy working on these kinds of things just for its own sake… but it would be nice to see the finished product.
Keep your fingers crossed!