Adventure: GOLDFISH – No Verna Fields

It was a dream of mine to work with an editor on GOLDFISH; editing is my favorite part of working on a production, and I always dream of working with a skilled editor, from whom I learn many Jedi secrets and techniques. So often, I think of Steven Spielberg at Verna Fields’ shoulder, watching JAWS …

Adventure: GOLDFISH – My Finest Hour

Many days I left the shoot thinking of how I might have done better. The last day was no different; I could have done better.  There was one fine moment, however. It was, on a personal level, my best moment during the whole ordeal.   Last day. 16 pages to shoot. As you know, that’s …

Adventure: GOLDFISH – Goldfish

I asked local artist and designer Buffy Jeffs to please spruce up this vintage skyline print for the movie.   It’s a part of the bedroom set.   Even the co-producer who helped hang the vintage skyline said, “Yes. This is perfect for two hipster lovebirds, yes.” Loved it. So it was gratifying that he also …

Adventure: GOLDFISH – Cut!

After half the shoot, we had only managed to shoot about 10% of the script.   After a proverbial walk in the snow (actually, it was a very nice, clear, fresh evening), I felt compelled to stop shooting and cease the madness and insanity.   We lost so many key people before the shoot, and …

Adventure: GOLDFISH – Steven Spielberg, you’re my hero

No one ever said guerilla filmmaking was easy. When your lead producer takes a new job at another production company eight days before shooting, leaving a raft of procrastinated tasks untackled, you know you’re in the weeds. We couldn’t possibly be doing this without Ulla Laidlaw stepping up like a hero, from the other side …