Happy Valentine's Day from Liberty's Secret! As I've been developing a press kit for the movie lately, I've been sifting through production stills to find the very best ones. There are so many to choose from, but here is one of my favorites. Maybe it had something to do with getting "married" on the third day that they knew each other, but Cara and Jacléne had an instant bond and chemistry. I think you can see it here. Could they become the lesbian Fred and Ginger?
Now that the picture edit is done, we are finishing up post-production on the movie so it can be ready for a film festival premiere early next year. (Not sure exactly where or when yet, but stay tuned ...) We've officially entered the "tweaking" stage of the process -- adjusting color, balancing dialog levels, polishing visual effects shots. To me, it is a very interesting process, but a bit like being a dental hygienist, I imagine -- trying to clean up every nook and cranny of the movie so its smile is as bright as possible. Here's one of the visual effects shots I just finished. Since we didn't exactly have the budget to send our stars to Mt. Rushmore, we shot them in front of a green screen, and swapped out the green for those four chiseled dudes you see in the background:) (This is a shot from Liberty and Nikki's campaign road trip.)
We were in the University of Michigan recording studios last week, recording Jaclene's final vocals for Liberty's big love song. She did a terrific job. The result is heartfelt, beautiful, and devastating.
In celebration of the Supreme Court decision on Marriage Equality yesterday, here's an excerpt from Liberty's wedding, the last scene in the movie. (I figured you already knew how the movie ends.) If you would like to see the entire wedding scene, please join our mailing list on the home page, and we will send you a link. Enjoy.
After several months of editing, I have finished a rough cut of the entire film. It clocks in at 1hr and 38 minutes. Just about the perfect length once I trim a few things, and put in a montage or two. Next steps are to record the rest of the music, finalize the edit, and begin work on editing the sound and tweaking the color. Hoping to have the film ready for submission to film festivals by September.
There were two wonderful stories about the movie this week. Fellow Michigander (by coincidence), Dana Piccoli, wrote a great story for afterellen.com, focussing on the ways that the film connects to the present political situation here Michigan -- particularly as it relates to LGBT and women's rights.
And Melanie Barker wrote a really nice piece in Curve magazine, encouraging people to help out with our Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Here is that link:
Here's a clip from one of my favorite scenes, a revival meeting in Liberty's hometown church. A song and dance for saints and sinners alike. Hilarious performances by Caroline Helton (church lady), Ellie Todd (stripper), and Chris Lutkin (reverend).
Here's a new video featuring our friends Pattie and Jeanne, a couple who have been together for 27 years! They describe what it meant to them to participate in the filming the big #LibertysSecret wedding scene last summer.
After 21 days of shooting, Liberty's Secret has finished principle photography. The shoot was a lot of fun, and the footage looks great. Now I head into the editing room to begin putting it all together.