Check out the Death To Prom teaser video (aka Sizzle Reel) above! This will give you a great idea of what the final movie will look like. Filming of the entire feature took place in June 2012 so check out the rest of the site, follow along, and join the prom committee today!
Time to catch you up on a few things, it appears. We’ve been busy.
In mid-January I, Jeremy, spent a week out at the Sundance film festival. Matt and I attended last year and met a lot of people that we’ve stayed in touch with over 2012 and I was able to reconnect with them, as well as meet a whole new group of amazing folks. The iPad was loaded with a rough cut of the film and our EPK and I had a stack of postcards always on my person. It was a busy time of meetings, premieres, snowboarding and maybe a few parties. If you haven’t ever been, you should give it a try. You don’t need to be a big shot famous person to have a good time at Sundance. Heck, I even was interviewed on the street by the IndieFlix team.
Speaking of the rough cut, we had our first test screening last week. It was a small group, more technical in nature, but it was our first sets of outside eyeballs on the movie and it went very well. We learned a lot. Some things we’ll be tweaking, some things we’ll be adding or removing, some things are good as they are. Everybody agreed we had an actual movie, so that’s something (ha ha!), and everybody really loved the soundtrack so far. We’ll be doing another screening for a larger and younger audience next week and look forward to find out how it plays with them. We’ve also submitted to our first couple of film festivals.
Last week we were also invited to appear on the local TV show “Butter City,” which is all about filmmaking in Minnesota. It was a blast and host Joanna Kohler and her team made us feel very welcome. Look for it in the new season on TPT and online.
In the meantime, there is the Best (or Worst) Prom Photo Contest we are running on our facebook page. You can vote on your favorite submissions and submit your own for chances to win DVDs of the movie and maybe even be featured on-screen in our credit sequence. Post those photos now, we love seeing them.
The 2012 McKnight Screenwriting Fellowship award goes to Matt Stenerson for Death To Prom.
Since 1981, the McKnight Foundation has presented awards to more than 1,500 artists in various media. These generous prizes go to support the lives and works of artists all year and to encourage them to grow and explore their art.
Many years after first writing out the story of Death To Prom, and after being a finalist in both the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition, the arts world has recognized Stenerson for his craft of story just weeks after wrapping principal photography of Death To Prom.
The more we do this movie-making thing, the more I’m getting into graphs and statistics. Thankfully filling that desire, our script supervisor, Aleshia, sent over some numbers about the shooting of Death To Prom.
I was stunned to realize we spent almost 200 hours shooting footage on-location (or attempting to shoot, Day 1 was brutal but that is another story). That number seems so big! But when you break it down into a daily format, I was inversely(?) surprised to find that we only spent an average of 10 hours/day at work. This is a pretty big deal in the film world, where 12+ hour days are (seemingly) very common and even expected.
Our shortest two days were about 6.5 hours each, while our longest day was almost exactly 16 hours as we had a retail location for only a single day while they were closed. That day also saw us cover over 11 pages of script! Insanity. It was a great, but draining, day.
Combined data of the video and audio files and some behind-the-scenes stills was almost 400 gigabytes.
Christopher Straub, Minnesota-based fashion designer and Project Runway Season 6 contestant, has lent his fabulous stylistic hand to the feature film Death To Prom with three custom dresses.
All the characters in Death To Prom get to show off their wardrobe flair, but Frankie and Kim get the special treatment, showing off the colors, textures and lines of Straub’s fun and edgy creations. From voluminous purple tulle to punky black leather, Straub’s dresses command attention and fit perfectly with lead character Rene’s fertile imagination.
And they fit right in with Straub’s approach to fashion. According to an interview with Lavendar Magazine, he designing for “someone still younger, stylish, looking for something unique, something with a little excitement to his or her clothes… I’m also looking for that girl that’s a little younger than me who really just wants to find something cute and funky, and show off to her friends.”
Follow Christopher and find his fashions on his official website, ChristopherStraub.com.
Coleman has also been visible in films, movies and animated shows over the years, from Earth Girls are Easy to Scrubs and more.
“We’re very pleased to have Joher on our cast. His easy-going demeanor and professionalism allowed him to slide right into our production and he brought a fabulous reading to one of our few adult roles,” said Jeremy Wilker, co-director and cinematographer. “It was one of those sweltering Minnesota summer days and he didn’t seem fazed by anything.”
Coleman splits his time between the midwest and Los Angeles.
We are kicking off our production fundraising with both a new kickstarter campaign and fundraising party at the fabulous JET SET in downtown Minneapolis. The party will be held on Thursday, April 19th, from 5:30 — 8:30pm. You’ll be able to watch the teaser video, view original fashions from the movie, meet cast & crew, enjoy music by DJ JR and show your support! Please RSVP today so we have an accurate headcount.
If you are unable to attend in person (no! we want to see you all dressed up for a party!), consider making a donation that day via mail or PayPal through our fiscal sponsor, IFP Center for Media Arts, or our kickstarter campaign.
And the most helpful thing you can do is to like, follow and share us with your friends. Word of mouth for independent filmmakers means SO much.