Film maker / director Rick Canfield and I began brainstorming in September and had landed on wanting to drum up a whimsical and flexible film short featuring my spoken word poetry as our inaugural project together. I'd only loosely begun drawing up set ideas by the time I contacted photographer Livi Cardenas of This Witch's Photography (a big up and comer that I recommend looking into). After an energetic conversation and pitching my concept, I knew that between all of us we were onto something magic. Pulling hair expert Crystel Franco into the mix made a solid team I was confident could deliver something impactful.
On the day of however, light rain poured as temperatures dropped to the point that we could see our breath. This would have forced most to reschedule. But San Antonio artists are a stubborn breed and fortunately for us Livi knew of the perfect alternative location for our setting. I'm happy to report that this once "alternative" is now the solid set for the film. I'd never heard of The Denman Estate state park until she suggested it and we're collectively glad she did.
From gilded gold Victorian masks to taxidermy insects, "poisoned" apples to antique and handcrafted jewelry (featuring one of artist Jen Burns' gorgeous eye necklaces), cloaks, smoke and a whole lot of playfulness...we pulled out all the stops to create something altogether other-worldly. It was a night full of on-set shenanigans and laughs, trouble-shooting and learning one anothers' rhythm. With such a perfect conclusion to the first leg of the project, day 2 came the following weekend.
And what day of magic would be fully equipped without a real life miniature unicorn? Between the tiny horned pony, the wandering geese and a curious butterfly who landed on my finger, no one could doubt that the fairytales we wove were coming to life before our eyes. It's just the sort of alchemy you cannot make up.
The laughs and bloopers were plenty and definitely kept us warm as the sky blackened and the temperatures once again plummeted. It was mind-blowing to see a cloaked body double of me following closely behind, eerily reaching and lurking. Definitely gave way to some existential shadow self ponderings. My colleagues seemed to share in the unnerving feelings our esoteric acting catalyzed.
After a very Jungian day two of filming, only one day remains before the film goes to Rick's cutting floor. And it's all paper moons, a handful of stars, a wink and a prayer.
To be continued...
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