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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
  • Friday, September 18, 2015 8:39 PM

    Questions, questions. It seems to be the talk of the County. People keep asking me “How many days until I can see the Montgomery County Movie?” (Answer) We’re in the 30s now. We have reserved The Vanity Theatre in Downtown Crawfordsville Monday thru Friday evenings the week of Halloween (10/26/15 – 10/30/15).

    Experience has proven not to announce many further details until they are completely worked out. But this I can say: The Vanity has an in-house seating capacity of 170. Many people have mentioned to me they want to attend Opening Night so they can be among the first to learn our two Major Secrets (“What is the real title of the Movie and who is this Mysterious Villain with the Montgomery County connection?).

  • Tuesday, September 01, 2015 7:39 PM

    I’m writing today’s column on the last Sunday morning in August. My “count-down” calendar says 56 days until opening night for our Montgomery County Movie (Monday 10/26). That will mark about three years since Philip and I began this little adventure. 56 days and at last count we still had 22 areas to complete. I say “areas” because each of them consists of several perhaps trivial details.

    For example “Opening week,” as you might expect, is a little more complicated than those two simple words might imply. What time do we show the film? Where and how are we going to sell the tickets? What should they have on them? Who will volunteer to usher, set up the lobby, clean the theatre before the next showing? Should we do a weekend matinee showing? What about a program to pass out?

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 8:39 PM

    Sorry to report, but we have just heard from Bob Milne that due to time constraints he feels, although he WILL hold his previously scheduled Ragtime concert at Southmont High School at 1:30 this Sunday afternoon, he feels he can NOT add our Olivia McKinna MCM movie filming to the program.

    In an email to us received Tuesday evening Mr. Milne explained, “With my own busy schedule we have not had any time to rehearse. We tried it over the phone a couple times but this didn't work. Plus, I'm performing in Cleveland on Saturday night, arriving in your town about one hour ahead of start time on Sunday, meaning we can't rehearse it at that time either.”

  • Monday, August 17, 2015 11:55 PM

    Today’s Montgomery County Movies column brings tidings of great joy. Last week in this newspaper a story ran announcing a concert by Bob Milne, (Mill-n) “considered to be the best ragtime / boogie-woogie pianist in the world” will be held at Southmont High School this coming Sunday afternoon, August 23 at 1:30 p.m.

    Well, as another remarkable MCM “coincidence” yours truly loves ragtime music and is a great fan of Mr. Milne. I’ve been to two of his concerts in Indianapolis and own four of his CD albums from which, back in the day, I played several selections on the radio.

    Coincidence #2: The same yours truly has written the lyrics for a boogie-woogie song to be performed by MCM cast member Olivia McKinna while the credits are rolling at the end of the movie. 

  • Sunday, August 02, 2015 11:37 PM

    OK folks. The time is coming. The week is nigh. The decision has been made. Last week Philip and I came to the conclusion, with continued good luck, we will have a Montgomery County Movie to show you THE WEEK BEFORE THIS HALLOWEEN.

    Other than the fact the showing will take place in the Vanity Theatre few other details have been worked out yet, even the movie hasn’t been worked out yet. But so many people have been asking us “When will I be able to see your movie?” (Including all members of the cast and crew) we felt obligated to press, press, and press on to have something to show by Halloween. (You’ll know why once you see the movie.)

  • 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.


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