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Monday, June 29, 2015
  • Sunday, June 21, 2015 7:38 PM

    Last Wednesday six members of our happy Montgomery County Movie band congregated for about two hours at the Hickory Café in New Richmond to film two portions of the movie in need of correction. When finished, Philip called our “That’s a wrap” and thus the filming or “Production” part of our movie came to a close.

     
  • Tuesday, June 09, 2015 7:27 PM

    About a month ago readers of this column were told although nearly all of our Montgomery County Movie had been preliminarily filmed we had some 273+ items we felt might need some correction. This came as no surprise and is quite common in the motion picture industry. Upon closer scrutiny we cut that list down to 40.

    At this writing I am happy to report we are down to six. Some of these we missed and should have included in our first 273. But we found them and have already corrected most.

     
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 10:24 PM

    Greetings Movie Makers. Today I will give you the latest update on what remains to be done before we can show the MCM movie this October.

    If you recall last time I mentioned Philip and I had 273+ items to consider. A few of those have been addressed but several other details had to been added. So we have sub-divided the task of devouring this elephant into several courses, the first of which is “refilming corrections.”

    In our meeting last Saturday we placed 40 items on this plate. Our goal is to complete them all by the end of this month. 13 of these items can be corrected with equipment, props and magic tricks. The remaining 27 items require a “call back” of actors.

     
  • Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:54 PM

    We passed another Movie Milestone last weekend. After Philip had narrowed about 100 total hours of every previous “take” in our files down to about 4 hours, we each made our individual list of what to consider before we make the next cut toward approaching the ultimate goal of a movie at or under 2 hours.

    We spent 6 hours on Saturday and 4 hours Sunday going over a long list of considerations. I had 273 items on my list. Philip added a few more all of which fell into these categories:

    Picture Quality. Many shots need work. Some were too bright, some too dark, some too fuzzy, some too “shaky”.

    Sound Quality. Some shots had volume too low, others were too loud. Several times an actor “mumbled” their lines or said them wrong. To correct this we must either raise the volume and see if “ambient sounds” don’t become too distracting or we must call the actor back to “dub-in” that audio.

     
  • Sunday, March 29, 2015 4:15 PM
    Greetings to all expectees in the Montgomery County Movie waiting room. Today's column brings tidings of tolerably restrained joy. In sync with the vernal equinox Philip Demoret has likewise passed a notable milestone wherein he has recently attained the half-way point in his labor room of movie editing. Additional pains of birthing remain. Keep pacing.

    As promised earlier we now shine the MCM spotlight on cast member Michael D. Gorham, a self-proclaimed "Lord" born in Ipswich, England, now a resident of Montgomery County for over 11 years. Michael's life story would be an inspirational movie in itself. Due to limited space here are but some of the turning points. As a young manager of a 200-bed hotel in England he was mugged while taking a deposit to the bank. During the attack the assailant drove the claw end of a hammer into the top of Michael's head causing a portion of his skull bone to penetrate his brain. Following extensive surgery Michael was bedridden for 8 months and left with a hole in his head, a completely paralyzed left arm and 90% paralyzed left leg.

     
  • Wednesday, December 03, 2014 7:13 PM
    Each December brings with it the end of the year. Soon we will be reading accounts of what happened of note in the departing year. So, in a very simplified manner, let's follow suite and reflect for a moment on what 300+ people in Montgomery County have managed to accomplish.

    We began about two years ago "thinking" about making a movie. Then came "how" to make a movie. That was followed by "deciding" what, where and who we needed for the task. All that is called "Pre-Production" and took about six months.

    Then we moved on to the "production" phase (the actually filming). 
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014 1:45 PM
    OK. Guess what Philip and I caught ourselves talking about recently.

    Opening night.

    As on so many previous week nights and weekends we were finalizing our list of things to be done in the next few weeks and Philip turned to me and said "Can you think of anything else?" 
  • Friday, October 24, 2014 11:10 AM
    Well October has proven to be a mixed bag of blessings and blight. While our Editor (Philip Demoret) has been able to make initial progress on reviewing everything we have filmed to date, that process itself has revealed portions of a few scenes which must be re-shot. This of course is to be expected. 
  • Thursday, September 04, 2014 3:02 PM
    Remember that "Cast and Crew Biography" sheet I told you about last time? Well Gerri Hester gratefully gave us plenty of background material on hers. She filled up every line on the page and added that part about Trotting Horses on the back. 
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:00 PM
    If you've ever seen a movie, and it's hard to imagine there's someone who hasn't, you've seen the phrase "Produced by" then somebody's name up on the screen. So what does a movie "Producer" do? 

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