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Friday, October 31, 2008


Finished the film's "martini" today.

Martini is slang for "the final thing to be shot." Probably from a time when the last thing shot meant everyone went out for a martini.

We were as sad as we were happy - we have had an outrageously good time filming and proud of the quality of our work. Coming to an end may mean more sleep, but it also means we don't see one another at 6:30 am or so every week day, so we're going to miss one another.

Elisabeth Röhm wept as she said good-bye to all of us. Fortunately, our leading lady's last scenes required her to cry. She will be missed terribly, though she's already agreed to be in my next feature, THE LONELY GOATHERD. As I've said so many times here, audiences will love her and be shocked at her comedic acumen, not believing this is actually her first stab at comedy.

Today was also Kristina Lilley's last day - she's on her way back to Colombia. Her fans will also be thrilled with her turn at being a veteran police detective - in Spanish speaking nations all over the world, she is known as a sexy villain or a sexy vixen or a sexy-- you get the idea.

The crew was nothing short of marvelous. When a feature wraps, it's time for celebrations and sweet cards and special gifts.

My partner, Gary Tucci, was on hand to witness the last day of production. That was fun.

I thanked every crew member who made THE WHOLE TRUTH such a professional, smooth, quality production. It was their passion and daily dedication that contributed so heavily to this production's success.

I am an extremely happy writer/director. My vision was realized in ways that exceeded my expectations on many levels and met them spot on in most.

Next task: editing, which I love, alongside veteran comedy film editor Stephen Myers. He has been editing dailies (what we shoot every day) since we started and has been sending very positive reports. He requested only one "pickup" shot throughout the whole production, which we picked up earlier this week. Usually there are several more requests because more is missing in the way of "coverage" necessary to visually tell the story properly.

Thanks to a magnificent cast and crew, the film will, I believe, look and sound terrific, attracting an audience looking for a great time at the movies as well as please film affectionado with its multiple visual and conceptual layers.

Tomorrow night is the "wrap party," with lots of music, dancing and karaoke for the crew and cast members who remain here, as well as my formal thank you speech to one and all involved with the success of this production.

Meanwhile, I'll let you know about ongoing developments for development of THE LONELY GOATHERD as well as the evolution of completion and distribution for THE WHOLE TRUTH -- and news about my new script, our third feature, SPARE CHANGE!

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  • At 1:36 AM, Blogger Digger said…

    I can only imagine what a bittersweet time this is: knowing what great things you've all achieved but having to say goodbye - even if only temporarily in some cases - to the people you've achieved them with.

    Thanks for taking us on the journey with you. Have a great wrap party!!

  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger Jarrod said…

    Congrats CP! After all these years it's great to finally see your film making vision come true. And I'm glad the world will get to see that comedic creative genius and goofiness that I have had the honor and laughter to experience up close and personal. :)

    Look forward to seeing the finished creation in theaters and the other works yet to come!


  • At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wow Kristina Lilley as a cop! that is a good way to see comedy in Colombia. She resolves everything while in real life justice is a luxury. Make her character a bounty hunter, that way the Colombian government work don't mix with her as a person. Colombians are stupid to confuse character with actor at work. Get her on a jeep, driving all over and even joining hang gliding lessons.

  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger cp said…

    The wrap party was fantastic, though I threw my back out a bit (recovered during my vacation) with all the heavy dancing and exhuberant singing (Janis Joplin's "Piece O' My Heart"). A good time was had by all.

  • At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    where can I see this production??
    What, an Arcuri can't get an invitation.??
    Sounds like a blast--AND an excellent story,Bear!!

    Steve Arcuri


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