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Demonica Preproduction: The Reading

May 21, 2012

Chris “Turnip” Simmons

As good as you think it is when you write it (usually) it is never as good as it will be once the actors get a hold of it and start to read it and bring it to life (again, usually.) Yesterday we had our first script reading with most of the cast of our upcoming film Demonica and, for the first time, it really feels like we’re making this movie.

One of my favorite moments of any script reading is the first read through. The delivery can still be awkward and stilted but you start to learn what works and what doesn’t. For instance, the humor. What is in the script has been filtered through two writers and two more people who helped workshop this script but being funny is a tricky thing and you don’t really know if you’ve got it right until a bunch of people bust out laughing when an actor reads it for the first time. There is certainly some validation there.

Another favorite is getting the cast and crew together for the first time. I looked out at the thirty or so faces and saw that most of them didn’t know the others. Knowing PF by the end of shooting about a month and a half from now that will all have changed and they’ll be just another of the film making families that have passed through Prescribed Films over the years.

I want to thank everyone who made it out yesterday and I can’t wait to continue working with you.

Now, another point of order before I finish out this post, time has run out on our Indiegogo page and I want to thank everyone who donated to help make Demonica happen. I’m sure there is a special place in whatever afterlife you believe in just for you. To all those who didn’t, the fundraising train doesn’t stop here. We still have the thermometer to the right of the screen that you can click on to continue to donate. We had great success so far, but we need more to reach the finish line. Please donate to Demonica today.

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