Welcome to "The Shadow of the Bear" movie blog!

We are an independant young adult-run production based in the U.S. Midwest. The film has been in pre-production since summer 2008, and wrapped up filming on August 26th, 2010.

We premiered the project on June 23rd, 2011 at the St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis, MN to a delighted audience of over 100 viewers.

For details about the future of the project, click here.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Screenwriting and waiting on technology...

I apologize for the delay in getting pictures...my brother, who is helping me with some of the technical aspects of getting the footage rendered, started college this week, and, as I'm sure many of you understand, this has taken up most of his time. Should be soon though!

In the meantime, I'm still working on the screenplay. I must admit, it's more of a challange than I first anticipated. A fun challange, but one that requires a lot of careful thinking. Especially because I know all of you will be watching very carefully and voicing your opinions quite adamently!

The beginning is the hardest though, I think, because it has to draw the viewer in without loosing the beauty of the philosophical conversations that Bear, Blanche and Rose have. A tricky balance. Later on when more actually *happens* I believe it will get easier.

One offshoot of the screen test is that, after seeing the great comraderie between our probable Bear and Fish, I realized that I had to have more Bear/Fish scenes. So right now I'm working to see if I can smoothly integrate a scene or two from the radio drama (which has more Bear/Fish time) into the screenplay. The main difficulty is that I don't want to give away their relation to each other, or Fish's real identity too soon. Shadowy lighting and abstract dialogue should help...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A wee bit of info about the Screen Test

I thought I'd give you all a bit more information about the screen test...

We had five potential actors there (potential meaning that I love their portrayals, they want to do it, and we're just waiting for Regina's "okay") including Bear, Blanche, Rose, Fish and Rob. We read through six scenes and filmed single takes of five of them. This was really a chance for me to see how they all worked together, and if I liked how they chose to portray the character, and to give Regina the chance to see that as well.

The scenes we did were as follows:

Bear asking Blanche to the Prom

Rose meeting Fish in the park

Rob telling Rose about Fr. Raymond's murder

Fish and Bear arguing in the penthouse after prom

Bear and Blanche's discussion after he chases Rob away.

I'm not going to say much more, except that after the final one, I was very nearly crying over how beautiful it was.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

It begins...

Hello Friends...

Welcome to the official blog for the upcoming adaptation of Regina Doman's book "The Shadow of the Bear." Currently we have entered the preproduction stage, having just gotten official permission from the gracious author herself.

Over the next twelve months I, the director, (who will answer either to "Elenatintil" or "Elizabeth") will be updating this blog with information and pictures from the production. Although we do not official start filming until November, I hope to have cast pictures up for you very soon. We held our screen test last Tuesday, so as soon as those are officially approved by Regina I will introduce them to you.

Until then- please keep us in your prayers!