Last night we we had our principal photography wrap party for Sea Glass, my thesis film made in collaboration with my partners, writer/director Caitlin Hofmeister and producer/production designer, Jeri Rafter. I was producer, sound mixer, production accountant and am the principal editor and sound designer for the movie.
This short film represents a paradigm shift for the University of Montana’s MFA program. Though not the first film made collaboratively, it is the first time that three grad students had such well defined and differing roles in a thesis project. Because of our work together in 2011 on Winter in the Blood, we knew that we could work well together and all make large contributions creatively without stepping on each others toes. It took some discussion with our professors to convince them that our partnership would actually result in all of us being freed up to work even harder and be more creative and would result in a much higher quality film than three separate “magnum opi”. The best argument? This is how movies are really made.
I am truly proud of all aspects of the film. We did things right. We took the time to find great locations, fantastic actors and raise money to rent HMI’s. We took the time during production to get great performances. I took time to make sure the audio is as good as possible (of course). We had a talented and dedicated cast and crew. Time will tell, but I feel like this film is going to be special. The showcase will be May 10th, 2012.