November is the PLANNED date-nothing is really set in blood. The first draft is complete and I have sent it to a few beta readers and editors. It’s 29 thousand words and will probably be a little over 100 pages.
PLOT: In a world, full of fantasy and wonder, where animals and humans are separated-one dolphin named Daiquiri goes on a quest to kill a mighty and terrifying dragon who keeps an iron grip over the land of Animalia.
The inception of this fantasy short film was done after I watched the classic film from the 80’s entitled “The Dark Crystal”. A film starring puppets actually seemed like something I could do, on a much smaller scale of course. I wanted to do a fantasy simply because I rarely get to do grand stories, so I thought with puppets and with the holidays coming up and traveling, I knew it would be a good chance to try something a bit more ambitious.
Filming at the very cool furry con in Springfield was a blast, everyone seemed to be interested in what I was doing and I was glad to answer questions. I actually shot that footage before I had a SCRIPT written out, but I spent the next few days tweaking a plot and I knew what kind of story I wanted to tell. I recorded all the audio I needed before filming a whole lot, I did film little things here and there-but in the editing it was much easier to have all the puzzle pieces and just put everything together.
Filming in Lake George was also a blast, but it proved to be very tiring. Having to pack for myself AND for the movie AND make sure I remembered batteries and the puppets and had a place to store everything was a bit of a hard deal, but once I got there things fell into place-for the most part. The weather was quite bad, an overcast looks pretty on camera, but the rain was off and on and that made the shooting schedule tight since we were only there for two days, but it rained 90% of the time. With my mom’s help, I was able to get everything in though.
For the final scene at the party, that was just pure craziness. My aunt holds a 4th of July party, and I LOVE going and thought it would be fun to film there, it was a fun time but carrying around a camera and two puppets for half the time made walking about hard, plus I wanted to make sure to talk to my aunts and cousins who I sometimes don’t get to see a lot, but everyone loved being on camera and I think I juggled everything well. I am proud of this short, for its locations and story. The waiting to get the locations was VERY tough on my ADHD, but it was so worth it.
Along with this new film, came AMAZING movie poster art by the talented Carrie Lindstrom! She was awesome to work with, I met with her and she knew exactly what I was looking for, her work added a whole new dimension to the project for sure. 🙂
No doubt this movie has been tedious to edit and film. However, I hope this preview gives you a good sense on what I’ve been up to. How much of it is done? About 90% I’m going to Lake George, NY to film some scenes, I also hope to film at a July 4th party I’m going too. While filming, I had a long time to wait, I started filming June 4 officially, and have been filming throughout the weeks leading up to the big scenes (big because I actually have to travel to get the shots.)
It’s amazing that only a few days ago I finished reading “The Call of The Wild” by Jack London.
I had read an abridged version in middle school, but it was fun to go back and actually read the ‘full book.’
What can I say? It’s an amazingly written book with excellent characters and a plot that really to me, is about sort of becoming your own person and following your heart, whether people agree with you or not. Whether or not London indented that, I have no clue-but it is after all, a story about a dog who finds his true calling by going out to the woods and embracing nature and not letting man hold him back, and how he rises against those who want to hurt him.
It’s probably the best book in the ‘animal fiction’ genre in my opinion, VERY close to “Black Beauty.” However, the two novels have completely different messages, one is about discovering who you are and “Black Beauty” is about the true magic of kindness.
I found myself more invented in Buck’s story though, I feel like a lot more happened and he went through a more dramatic change, plus I loved how Jack London kept the descriptions of the wilderness fresh and new, I didn’t feel like I wad re-reading the same prose. Great book might be my favorite, or neck and neck with “Watership Down”. I don’t know, it’s hard because even though I don’t read that much-all the books I pick I seem to love.
It’s sad that students are ‘forced’ to read the book, because forcing a book on someone can defeat the enjoyment. Sure, teens / kids should give the book a chance, at least read the first two chapters and see what they think, I think more could enjoy not only “Call of The Wild” more-but get more of an appreciation for literature in general and really get to think about the meaning of stories and why they’re so good, and relate the plots to there own lives maybe?