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This was a quick grab using my phone of the first half of the Q&A session during Shorts in Ports night at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. Chase Bailey, writer and director for Crooked Lane, curated 6 fabulous, award winning films (including Crooked Lane, The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers, The Toll, Sniffer, West Bank Story, and Ana’s Playground) and several of the directors and producers were on hand to answer questions.
Chase Bailey gets interviewed at the 2010 Nevermore Film Festival
Chase Bailey gives Seacoast Online his 2010 Oscar predictions
Chase Bailey’s art makes the news
Can you spot Chase Bailey and other Crooked Lane alumni in this NH Magazine March 2010 layout?
In this portion of our interview, Crooked Lane producer Mark Constance talks about the difference between NH up front benefits to filmmakers versus the MA Film Tax Credit:
We’ve been hiding this on our Facebook Fan Page for a while, and now, as the film starts the festival circuit with two wins (Best of NH Filmmaker 2009 at NH Film Festival and Best of New England 2009 at Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival) it is time to share it here on the blog with all of you. Enjoy!
As you work in the film business you’re often taken away from your family for great lengths of time. When you have the opportunity to not only work with a group of filmmakers that you consider family but to also have your family involved in a project it is quite interesting!
When we first began the process of our film CROOKED LANE there were time obstacles for me to be involved during principal photography. I told Chase I could produce that part of the film in absentia and that by bringing in Greg Smith to produce he would have an extension of me. Smitty and I have worked together for 15 years. We’re as close as most brothers and fight like it sometime (come on, he’s a Yankees fan) !!! Chase also suggested to my wife Bethany that she should co-produce the film. She resisted at first from what I believe was fear of the unknown. Bethany has had a long career in the film business but she had never ventured into the production side. Once she agreed I was duly excited. We’ve always talked about our various projects and deals but this would be the first time we would work together.
Now that was the easy part of working with the family……
When we began the casting process Chase and Bethany were going to work closely together with our Casting Director, John Campanello. Chase began by asking Bethany if she had any dark haired 9 year olds on her roster of actors. Immediately she looked at Chase quizzically and said, “Well yes, I gave birth to one”. That 9 year old was our daughter Eliya-Quaye! So the casting began moving forward enough so that Chase asked me if I was ok with Eliya-Quaye playing the part of Bailey. My response as always was “to do what’s best for the film and if she’s is best then I’m all for it” and “don’t do it for Bethany or I”.
Eliya-Quaye eventually was cast as Bailey. As much as Mommy was involved she really did it all on her own. Bethany and I were very proud of her although we knew the hardest part was yet to come!
As I’ve said, I was producing in absentia for most of principal photography so…
Jumping ahead I had these crazy thoughts. Not only was I the executive producer of the film, I was the father of one of the three young girls who were cast in the film. The first time I saw the edit of the film I was watching as a dad and couldn’t believe the emotion I felt in watching Eliya-Quaye. That was my little one up there on the monitors!!! I hope you’ll like what she’s done on screen!
There is the adage about ‘don’t blink because your kids will be adults’ and is so true. I spent a lot of Eliya-Quaye’s(and our 6 year old son Caleb’s) early life on the road. At times, the family packed it up and came to Nashville, Miami, Los Angeles or wherever the job took me. As the kids grew to begin school the idea of leaving was something I didn’t want to think about. The idea that we would one day work together was something I never thought would happen either!! Try it sometime, it might be the thrill of a lifetime!
We’ve given our Facebook fans a sneak peek at the trailer! You can see it, too, just head over to Facebook and become a fan.
That also enters you into the contest to win a seat at the screening with the cast and crew we mentioned in this post, by the way.
Van McLeod is the Commissioner of NH Cultural Resources. It’s his job to enhance the cultural resources NH already has, and to bring more to the area. He tells us a bit about what that and the film location means to him, and about his relationship to the film and friendship with Chase Bailey.
In a previous blog post, we asked for your questions. We’ve decided to tackle them one at a time. In this post, Chase Bailey answers the question posed by Matt Searles regarding what makes the film interesting.
Meet Eliya-Quaye Constance, who plays Bailey. She’s telling us a bit about her character and the film (Her first speaking role! Congratulations!)
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