That's A Wrap!
After 15 tireless days of production, Such Good People, wrapped principal photography Friday night.
What an amazing experience for all of us. Thank you all for your support. Because of you we were able to make this movie.
The story of producing Such Good People is really one of how today’s technology and social media can bring people together to make a movie. Ten years ago this would have been impossible. We not only raised our initial funds on Kickstarter, we also shot the film on the Red Epic camera, the same camera that shot “The Hobbit.” (Yeah, “The Hobbit”). Shooting a small film with a digital camera like this requires very little lighting, which makes a huge difference in terms of production time and money. And in the hands of our very talented director of photography, Gigi Malavisi, we can already tell the movie is going to have a great look.
We also were genuinely lucky to have our fantastic and crazy-talented cast. They worked very long hours, embraced the low-budget adventure of the project, and were our creative collaborators in every regard. No matter how frantic it was getting to the point where director Stewart Wade called “Action” -- once the camera was rolling, what we saw on screen was nothing less than magic.
We also have to thank every cast member’s agent, manager, and lawyer for helping make this project happen.
We were so lucky to have Michael Urie and Randy Harrison as our stars. They are not only brilliant and hilarious, they are also endlessly inventive, tireless, and were our partners in making the movie. They were also just (have to say this) such good people. We asked a lot from them – and they were there for us all day, every day. Plus, the entire cast, crew and production fell totally in love with them. How could we not?
Even though we are a small movie with very limited resources, we had the help, it seems, from the entire community of Los Angeles (and beyond). Here are just a few people whose help was invaluable:
Mark Peters – who let us film in his house for 10 crazy-long days
Joe Fedorowich & Brian Betz – who let us film in their house
Becky Puckett – who loaned us her beautiful Labradoodles, Sully & Bernard
Tom Stanley, Terry Newburn, and Nick Williams, who let us film their beautiful greyhounds, Troy, Princess, and Chilao.
Alexander Irvine – who created the movie’s fantastic artwork
Harwood Lee – who created our significant and amazing key props
Jerel Whilhort – who let us film his Mini Cooper (for an entire week)
Kat Laskey – (our fantastic hair and make up artist) also let us film her Mercedes
Kate McArdle – at Columbia Film School who not only provided fantastic interns, but also a key location for the movie.
Kacy Andrews at the IAFT for helping provide fantastic interns
Marc Ecko – for donating clothes to the production
Marni Harris – for helping us with a photo shoot, another car we needed to film, and for being amazing in every way.
Jay Gendron and Steve Krone plus Jennifer McNamara, Adam Gertz, Cole Loveall, Mark Humphrey, and the Southwestern Law School who provided and made up our fantastic legal team
Jasmine Mcatee and Greg Shappell – for still photography
DG Entertainment – for providing one location that could be used for multiple script locations (A detective's office, an interrogation room, a bank, a charity’s office, a realtor’s office, a lawyer’s office -- and a foreign Embassy.)
Plus, our featured extras:
David Cruz III
Will Shepherd & RJ Aguiar
Plus, all our interns. We could not have made this little movie without all the help of so many talented interns.
We also had on board our fantatasic line producer Christine Treibel, Unit Production Manager Nicole Ettinger and 1st AD Valentina Bove. All are formidable professionals – and amazing human beings. We were so lucky to have found you all.
Every department in the movie, it seems, spun gold with very little resources. Production Designers, Costume Designer, Camera Department, G&E, Sound, Locations, Hair, and Make-Up – and the production staff. Amazing work from everyone -- across the board.
This was a huge milestone for the movie. We are now off and running in post-production. There will be more updates soon. But we are so incredibly thrilled in every way.
Thank you again -- everyone.
David Michael Barrett, writer/producer
Stewart Wade, director/producer
David Avallone, editor/producer