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Reliving a Monster – Shaking out the Jitters

Danny Daneau
Director

…it was morning.

My first day of production. Maybe it was the lack of sleep or the calming conversation that I had with my producers the night before, but I didn’t feel as sick or nervous as I thought I would. After taking a long warm shower, and getting ready in front of the hotel mirror, I grabbed my thick directors notebook and headed out the door.

I arrived to a relaxing and calm atmosphere on set. Because of child labour laws and rules within the Screen Actors Guild, there was a limit to the amount of time I could work a child actor every day. This meant every morning we would have an extra hour or so to get set up and ready for the day ahead before any cast arrived.

When scheduling the interiors of the film, we decided that the best way to get all the scenes in the can was to shoot out each room individually. This is not a new concept as most feature length films are shot out of sequence for the interest of time and money. This meant we would spend a day or two in a room and not move into the next room until most, if not all, the scenes were completed. Today, to my relief, we were starting in the kitchen.

The kitchen scenes were the least demanding on everyone with minimal camera, dialog, performance, and blocking. This meant we could all take the time we needed to find our groove as a film crew. For me it meant I could find the best method of communicating with my actors on the film set.

Welcome sign for the A Monster in the Attic Crew
Outside the Heritage House, Our interior set for the next two weeks.

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Madison Davenport Appearing on Lifetime this Weekend

Danny Daneau
Director

Airing on Sunday September 16th at 4pm and 7pm, you will see our lead actress, Madison Davenport, appear in the Lifetime mystery-thriller WHILE THE CHILDREN SLEEP. The movie is about a prosperous couple who find the perfect live-in nanny, but soon discover she intends to do her job to deadly perfection.

Okay, I am already scared.

[tags]Lifetime, While the Children Sleep, Madison Davenport, Movie of the Week[/tags]

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Its a Small Lot After all….

Erica Harrell
Producer

Currently I am working on 12 Miles of Bad Road a new HBO show starring Lily Tomlin airing this fall. This show has 4 stages on the CBS Radford lot in Studio City California. Radford is a small lot where I know a lot of people on different television shows. So it usually doesnt surprise me to hear my name called out when walking around. Yesterday, while making a trip to stage 14 with my ex-roommate/new boss Melanie, I heard my name called and spun around to find…. Marshall Moore, Mimi Davis-Taylor, and Ricky Flores all from the Utah Film Commission!

Turns out they were visiting the gaffer from 12 Miles of Bad Road who is from Salt Lake City but working in Los Angeles. It was wonderful to see them again. Marshall and everyone at the film commission was so generous during our production not only supporting A Monster in the Attic financially, but they donated hats and goody bags to our entire cast and crew.
Marshall and Tommy Woodard even took the time to come and visit the set on our last day of production in Kanab. Danny and I attended a screening of The Outlaw Josey Wales with Marshall and Tommy during the Western Legends Round Up which was held the last weekend we were in town.

It was an amazing experience to shoot in Utah and have the support of people like Marshall and his staff. Running into him on the lot made me miss our production even more than I already did.

Soon A Monster in the Attic will be featured in the Utah Film Commission newsletter. Please check back for more info.

[tags]Los Angeles, CBS, HBO, 12 Miles of Bad Road, Utah[/tags]

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What kind of Monster is it?

Eric Ernst
Wrter

With the opening of 3:10 to Yuma this past weekend, there is a renewed interest in Westerns. Movies like Brokeback Mountain and There Will Be Blood are more examples of neo-westerns that are bringing about a resurgence in the genre. A Monster in the Attic is another example of a neo-western.

This brings about an interesting debate on our end: what kind of film is Monster? While it is, technically, a western, as it is set in the American West in the latter half of the 19th century (source: Wikipedia.org), A Monster in the Attic transcends several genres, including psychological thriller and family drama. This makes Monster a very unique film.

In more news, here’s a nice story about our Art Director, Erin Riegel, that mentions Monster more than once:

http://www.cstv.com/sports/c-crew/stories/072607aac.html

more to come…

[tags]3:10 to Yuma, There Will Be Blood, westerns[/tags]

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Monster on IMDB.COM

Danny Daneau
Director

Although most of the details are missing, today IMDB posted our film onto their website. We will send an update to their editors and should have it flushed out by the end of the month.

Check it out.

[tags]imdb.com[/tags]

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Update! Paria Set moved to resting place!

Erica Harrell
Producer

The set from A Monster in the Attic that was constructed in Paria has been moved back to the town of Kanab and has been placed at Frontier Movie Town! So many times blood, sweat, and tears go into the construction of something like our film set, only to have it destroyed in the end. It is a tremendous honor and privelage that our set will escape this fate and live on for the world to see.

This was made possible by Cowboy Ted, the Kane County Office of Tourism and Film Commission director, and 6 generous volunteers from Kanab. The set from A Monster in the Attic will reside comfortably next to the sets from The Outlaw Josey Wales and many other western films that we shot in Kane County.

Erica Harrell admires the side of the set construction and scenic work done on set.
Producer Erica Harrell admires the side of the set while Production Designer
Alex Eastwood talks to Scenic Artist William Duncan.
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Bruised, Battered, Broke, But…. Alive!

Erica Harrell
Producer

When I left HBO’s show Entourage in June to make two feature films, I was terribly uncertain of my future once getting back to LA, but I did’nt think about that before I left. As soon as we wrapped A Monster in the Attic, it hit me: What would I do? Where would I live? (I gave up my apartment and moved into storage so I could afford to make two films) Would I ever be able to get a job in the industry again?

Since both films are in post production, I knew that all of our hard work was not going to pay off just yet. So I had to return and find job where I wasnt the producer, but a small fish in a very large pond. Fortunately, a friend of mine got me a job on another HBO show 12 Miles of Bad Road (premiering this Fall). After two days at this job Entourage called me back to work! This Friday I return to work, I am very thankful of how supportive they have been during the making of my two films.

I also got a new apartment with the Line Producer from A Monster in the Attic and Baker, Bryce Hudson. Now that we are both settled in we are working on the post production, distribution plans, and producers representation that will be needed for both films. Danny and I are in the process of raising additional funds for the remainder of post production and marketing. All of this work feels like the old days of preproduction!

Even though production has ended it is still a long process in order to make sure that A Monster in the Attic will be completed, screened for an audience, and eventually sold.

[tags]Entourage, HBO, 12 Miles of Bad Road[/tags]

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