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Crooked Lane is online at the online only New England Film Festival. If you haven’t had a chance to see the short movie, watch it now in preparation for the coming feature length film – a film that answers all of your questions, including “What Happens To Ava?”
Congratulations to Crooked Lane alums Marc Dole, Mark Constance and others for Killing Dinner and Mito Kids also being in the festival!
We received a note from Mark Constance about a project he did with several Crooked Lane alums:
Hey all,Just a note that the latest music video (“The Bookstore” by Chatham) that I directed will be part of the youtube featured music video section starting Tuesday (May 25, 2010) through Monday (May 31, 2010).We shot the video in and around the seacoast area. Thanks to our incredible crew including the DP (Patrick Ruth), Editor (Marc Dole) Production Designer (Shawn Carroll) and Costume Designer (Virginia Johnson)!Here is a note I received from Chatham’s dad regarding the video…. If you have time could you forward the link. Tuesday we go live in the featured section. Out of all the video’s we made it to the featured section.Thanks Bill
Here is a link to the video. Please take a look and send it to a thousand of your closest friends!!!Thanks,Mark
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:
Crooked Lane alum Mark Constance sat down with us recently for a conversation on some of the latest news in film. Here is his take on the Massachusetts Film Tax Credit issue, why the credit is important to filmmakers in the area, and how the threat of losing it or having it capped is already affecting local film.
So many of the cast and crew family were on hand to receive the award. It was a truly special moment with Chase, Mark, Brett, Ann, Adrienne, Jessica, Patrick, Marc, Eliya-Quaye, Gina, Bethany, Tracey, Dan and the rest of the cast and crew too shy to run up on stage (we’re looking at you, Kit!).
We sat down in Chase’s office and talked with Chase about some of the questions we’ve gotten from the fans of the film, and had a fantastic afternoon learning about his take on the process. In this episode Chase talks about how he cast the film and how he found his crew family.
Camera/Film Work and Editing by Amy Greenlaw, Film POP!
Interviewer: Leslie Poston, Film POP!
See the full 30+ minute interview on the Viddler channel (scheduled to post there during the NH Film Festival).
So the countdown to the Thursday premiere of CROOKED LANE is in it’s last 5 days. When you work on a film the last thing you can expect is “instant gratification”. Sometimes a year (or more) can go by before the film sees the light of day. For members of a film crew there are a couple of ways to feel gratified from your work on the film. One is to get your paycheck every Thursday! And the other is to see your name in the credits up there on the BIG screen!
The time in between the wrap of principal photography and the release of the film can bring down the excitement that the shoot brought forth. A lot goes on in between but those who are eager for a glimpse think not about CROOKED LANE but about the film that they can see on that particular day. Once the post production process begins, there are countless looks at the different edits of the film, the film begins to take shape. Marc Dole, the editor feels like his eyes will soon fail him, Chase Bailey, the director is anxious while his vision is being stirred and simmered in the editing pot. The producers, director and editor see the film again and again until one day you’re able to see the color corrected version then the version that has gone through it’s sound mix and you sit there in awe!!! You are seeing a film that so many have poured hours into and it is better than you could have ever expected. I call my producing partner, Tracey Becker and I scream that the film looks “unbelievable”. Chase is happy! Marc is happy! Kudos go out to Brian Meanley, our VFX supervisor and colorist and Chris Decato, the supervising sound editor on the film as their roles in the film begin to stand out As we get near the release it feels like a race car driver headed to the finish line. Your emotions come alive again, your heart begins to beat, your hands begin to sweat, your belly begins to tingle!!!
The posters, one sheets and postcards are on hand.
BOOM, BOOM, BOOM goes your heart….The film is ready.
CROOKED LANE will premiere at the New Hampshire Film Festival on Thursday October 15th at the Portsmouth Music Hall in the 830pm block. It will also play Saturday at the Seacoast Rep in the 440p block. Finally, Sunday will wrap up the initial festival showings at 430p at the Muddy River.
We hope to see as many people as possible over the weekend. Please help us fill the screening venues.
Thanks for all of your support!!!!
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!
Bethany Constance wore many hats on the film Crooked Lane, including co-producer, casting and coaching the child actors in the film.
Eliya-Quaye Constance played the role of evil character Bailey in the film Crooked Lane, and played it well. In this video she talks briefly about her first speaking role with us: