Had a whirlwind of a weekend shooting my latest project, “Alison”. This one is close to my heart because it is the first film script I’ve written, and it was an opportunity to explore a character that is very different from the things I’ve done so far. I was somehow lucky enough to share the screen with the brilliant Kristopher Turner — an actor I’ve admired for ages — who is as generous, kind, patient, and gifted a scene partner as you would imagine him to be. We were directed by my husband, David Lester (who previously directed me in Frozen Marbles), and shot by the brilliant award-winning Robert Brunton (check out some of his amazing work here: http://www.robertbrunton.ca). Eighteen hours of shooting aside (low-budget filmmaking is never easy!), it was one of those “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” kind of days. My heart is so full and happy. It is amazing when anything makes it from script to screen, but this project came together surprisingly quickly and easily and I think there might be something special about it.
I’ve always found the process of filmmaking so daunting, so it can take me ages to get my own projects off the ground. But it’s so worth it. Nothing feels more satisfying than wrapping a day on a film that was once just a floating idea in your head.
I’m now about to enter the thick of editing. See you on the other side 🙂