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39 Days to Picture Lock – Podcast Series Coming Soon

Danny Daneau
Director

Today is our official End of Winter Pushathon. First up, we are pushing picture lock for one more week. The film is coming along wonderfully and in all scenarios we should have no problem making our March 31st deadline. However, the Florida Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival both collide over that two week stretch and I will be playing and working both festivals. We thought, might as well push another week and give me the freedom to travel to LA and share the cut in person with the sound designer, Erik Schuiten, and composer, Kristin Øhrn Dyrud.

Secondly, we’ve decided to push the video podcast series, Making a Monster, until spring of this year. There is a lot happening with our film. A lot of wonderful changes. We want to make sure the series most accuretly reflects the final film. Documentary filmmakers, Roman Safiullin and Chris Walker, have dug deep into the footage to create some amazing episodes. It’s hard for me not to share them all right now. But in the end, pushing is best for the film.

Okay, enough typing from me….back to the editing room.

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Kristin Øhrn Dyrud- The Monster Composer

Erica Harrell
Producer

In today’s blog I am proud to introduce our composer, Kristin Øhrn Dyrud. Kristin came to the film from a recommendation from colleague filmmakers Aaron King and Debby Wolfe, who had both worked with her on their most recent film projects. Kristin is from Norway and spent December working on our film from halfway across the world. Danny and I even were able to video chat with Kristin, again proving the usefulness of the iChat to A Monster in the Attic. She is now back in Los Angeles and will soon meet Danny in person for the first time!

Kristin finds influences from a wide range of music – everything from Bach, Rachmaninov, Grieg and Stravinsky to Bjork, Imogen Heap, Madonna, Ella Fitzgerald, Alison Krauss, and Lily Allen. Of film composers, she loves the work of Alexandre Desplat, John Powell, Christopher Young, Nicholas Hooper, Jon Brion and Thomas Newman, to mention a few.

Kristin had this to say about inspiration: “I get tremendously inspired by composers who incorporate everyday sounds in their music. Like Bjork, who made a whole song based on sounds from a basketball court. I also find inspiration in literature, abstract paintings, photography, nature, the sounds that surround me.”

For the Monster in the Attic score, Kristin was delighted to be brought into the process so early in the process. She gave herself plenty of time to sit with the film in order to truly understand our characters and their journey. Danny and Kristin decided that there would be very few instruments in the score, but those would be utilized in as many different – and sometimes unconventional – ways as possible.

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Production Design – Time for Fire

Alex Eastwood
Production Designer

Fourth part in a series. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Hello everyone. It has been a very long time since my last post and I am excited to get back into explaining the inner workings of being the Production Designer on A Monster in the Attic!! Here we go…

Part 4, I think.

Concept Sketches of Exterior House So I returned from Utah feeling accomplished and overwhelmed. Many of our locations were found, but we also had decided to build the exterior house, which meant I needed to befriend some architects and construction coordinators.

Back in Orlando I started meeting with my Art Department to discuss gathering props, set dressing, and preparing for the adventure of filming in Utah. I was also sketching ideas for the farmhouse and beginning to meet with architects who would be able to draw up the blueprints.

Advisor Phil Peters at Monument Valley, Utah Some of the most intense parts of preproduction were the continual meetings I had with Phil Peters. As I mentioned before, he is one of the most integral reasons why my participation in this film was such a success. With that being stated, I also want to point out that every single time that Phil would graciously take time to meet with me I would leave those sessions either depressed from how much work I still had to do, exhausted from how much information he would unload on me, or hysterical from the amount of pressure he put on me to succeed. In hindsight it was exactly what I needed, but it also was the beginning of many anxious and sleepless nights.
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40 Days – The Countdown Begins

Danny Daneau
Director

As Erica mentioned in her last post, I have returned to my childhood home in Bonita Springs, Florida to escape with two hard drives and my computer and continue cutting the film. Being back home provides the perfect escape. I can turn my old bedroom into an editing suite and not worry about anything but cutting all day long. Unfortunately because of work and life, I can only be here for one week. So I’ve made it my mission to get through as much as possible.

We are now 40 days away from picture lock. Panic has set in a few times, but I feel we are on track. It’s amazing how many times I heard growing up and through my film school career that a film is written three times; first on the page, then on the set, and finally in the editing room. I never really could appreciate this idea until I was sitting with my first feature in front of me. The film really has a life and voice of it’s own and I’m getting closer everyday to finding what it’s try to say. I am so pleased with the direction the film is now heading. I am feeling confident with our deadline.

Bonita Springs Florida
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Blog Blog Blog

Erica Harrell
Producer

So I promised more blogging but I totally haven’t delivered. So here’s the updates: Danny is currently escaping with his family in Bonita Springs, locking himself in his old childhood bedroom to plow through another cut of A Monster in the Attic. Our doc crew, Roman and Chris, are busy searching through over a 100 hours of behind the scenes footage in order to be ready for the Making a Monster premiere February 29th. Eric is super busy at his job at Montana Artists, while I have been completely overwhelmed at Entourage.

Today is 41 days until picture lock and we are really excited to be able to begin the final leg of post production!!! After picture lock, our composer KKristin Øhrn Dyrud and our sound mixer Erik Schuiten will begin putting the final touches on the soundtrack. Danny will be guiding them through this process while I do fun things like figure out deliverables, and set up meetings to begin screening the film for distributors, producers reps, and film festival programmers.

Soon we will be announcing our exact dates of our Cast and Crew Screening which will be held in Kanab!

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THE STRIKE IS OVER! THE STRIKE IS OVER!

Eric Ernst
Writer

Long live the strike! Wait, no.

Three long months of no TV has finally ended. Well, will finally end tomorrow when writers return to work. Members of the WGA voted overwhelmingly (92.5%) in favor of ending the strike.

Now the networks are busy working out when shows will come back, with some returning as soon as possible and others not coming back until next season. However, there will most likely not be any new episodes of scripted shows until April. Couple that with the fact that American Gladiators is over on Sunday and it makes the next six weeks seem much longer than they really will be.

Statements from both sides after the jump:

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Yay Work!

Erica Harrell
Producer

Today I returned to work!!! That means more blogs from me this week!

Yay!

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