The People of Galena Steal our Hearts

 We have been overwhelmed by the talent, kindness and support we have received from the people of Galena, IL.  This is definitely an AMAZING PLACE to shoot and we have loved everyone’s kindness.

Galena Illinois local support for feature film The Other One

This morning, on our last day, we had another local, just swing by the house bearing gifts of Chewy Peanut Butter Bars, Oatmeal Jumble Bars, Cuties, and individually wrapped trail mix bags.  

One special shout out needs to be made to the father of our little local star Cole, Chad Kruse.  One very important prop had been forgotten back in Chicago, a man’s wedding band, and he graciously offerred his, not only for the day we were shooting but for the time being, until we finished the shoot!  This is such an important piece of jewelry not only for the film, but for him personally, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the generous share.

BIG THANKS TO THE PEOPLE OF GALENA, AND ESPECIALLY THE KRUSE FAMILY!

The Other One Is Alive and Well

One day in and we’ve already had strong winds, snow, rain and sun.  Most of it on camera.  Oh, and we made our day (which just means we had a certain number of scenes to shoot on our first day and we got them done).  Right on time with all the breaks like clockwork.

Right now, we’re prepping to go to location for our second day of filming.  Coffee is dripping.  Breakfast is eaten.  Sun is shining.

We’ve got an amazing crew and cast from Chicago and the Galena area.  Like all film productions, it’s as much about the ability to be flexible and problem solve as it is about good planning.  And we’ve been doing both.  [Reread my first sentence if you're curious why.]

Yesterday we shot several key moments with Amber adjusting back to life at the farmhouse in the Galena Territory, as well as Amber and Brooke slowly getting reacquainted along the Apple River in Hanover.  Today Amber sees her in-laws for the first time in several years, played by two amazing actors (Galena native Ron Jenkins and Chicagoan Pam Tierney).

Tonight we get to roast marsh mellows and drink hot chocolate around the fire (okay, Cait and Grace will be doing it on camera as Brooke and Amber, but when you see the film you might want to count how many sticks are actually in the fire — it’s going to hard to keep crew from dipping in).

So it’s going to be a good day.