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Demonica Preproduction: Post Six

May 7, 2012

Chris “Turnip” Simmons

Just as a reminder, we are still taking donations for Demonica. We have a long way to go on our budget and we need each and every one of you to help bring this dream to life. Now we have two ways you can donate to the film. you can find Demonica on Indiegogo or you can click the thermometer to the right of this post and donate directly to us. That’s right, Prescribed Films cuts out the middle man for you!

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve spent a lot of time talking about the conceptual script writing faze of film making. This is an amazing period that lets you joy in your own imagination as you create this world.  If film making was just this time of creativity and making BS up, everyone would do it. Eventually you have to leave this world and actually make a movie. This week we’re going to change gears to talk about one of the most fun (and most frustrating) part of film making…CASTING!

Casting is such an interesting process. It takes you from the potential future held in the pages of a pristine script to the nervous, hand wringing,  mess of a film maker. It is in this faze that the cast can go one of three ways. They can be just what you saw in your mind when you we’re writing it. This can fulfill expectations and make it a smooth transition from page to screen.  Secondly, they could be terrible and, if you’re forced to cast them, make it a painful process that leads to a less than satisfactory movie. Third, they can take a character and do amazing things you never even considered. They can make you see this character that you wrote, that you know intimately, in a brand new light. In case you’re wondering, when this happens, this is awesome.

Possibly the greatest headshot ever.

We started our casting for Demonica April 29th in Iowa City at the public library and finished it (mostly) yesterday in Ottumwa. We had several of the first, a couple of the second, and a bunch of the third and, regardless, I want to thank everyone from coming out. We should have the cast list finished by the end of the week as well as notifying all the cast. Once the cast is notified we’ll post it on the website for all to see.

Over the next few weeks things are going to get real…busy. There is so much to do between now and the start of filming that it almost seems like we won’t be able to get it done. Luckily we have a crack team of people who are committed to seeing it through. Through out the filming and beyond these people will be called out in this column to showcase what a great job they’ve been doing. Since we’re on the topic of casting, this is the perfect time to highlight our first PF’er that, with out their contribution, this whole process would be a lot more difficult.

Katie’s favorite things in the world are her daughter Lily, her boy-toy Jason, and liquorish…evidently. Sure, why not.

This week, that person is long time Prescribed Films alumni, Katie Miller. Katie has been seen in lots of older PF films and was most recently scene in “The Bagman” playing a reporter. On Demonica Katie will be filling the role of assistant costume designer but has really made her mark as the person putting in the hard work wrangling the hopefuls waiting to audition. Katie is the one that makes sure everyone is signed up, gets their head-shots, and brings back their paperwork. All the while trying to keep those of us in the audition room on task and moving. When  the line gets long or we need someone back in to do another read, Katie (along with her beautiful assistant Cory) makes sure that happens. This is just the first of many people that I can honestly say, we couldn’t do this with out you. Thanks Katie (and Cory).

And that is where the post for today ends. There is lots more to say but even more to get done. As always please leave your comments below. We love to hear from each and every one of you.

Join us every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as Chris “Turnip” Simmons relays the often rewarding but sometimes harrowing journey of an indie film from page to screen to release.

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