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.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Software arrived!

Vegas Pro arrived in the mail today and is sitting in front of me right now! Many, many thanks to Shaylynn for taking care of making the order for me!

Editing should start in earnest as soon as Christmas is over!

Those of you wondering about your posters and the video of answers -- those goodies are still happening, they're just taking some time. Thank you for your patience!

Oh and I'm still looking for a mouse.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Software is ordered!

Excitement just gets greater!

So I'm going to be editing the film on my laptop... and I could really use a mouse. I only use a touchpad right now, but for that much finger tapping it would really save my hands if I had a mouse.

So! If any of you have a gently used mouse (with a middle scroller!) in good condition that you would like to donate to the SOTB cause, send me an e-mail at theshadowofthebear@ymail.com

I'll probably ask for a picture first, and an awesome bonus feature would be a wireless one. But I'll see what options there are... :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

$400 Reward Post

You did it!

Fans and friends of the SOTB movie, I am so humbled by and thankful for your generous outpouring of support this fall. This film truly would not be possible without your encouragement, both verbal and financial. Thank you so very much!

We will be ordering the Vegas editing software very shortly here -- and then I will get to work editing! Hopefully I will be able to give you all a trailer by the end of the Christmas holidays.

Our Artfire store and donation button will remain in place until we release the DVD. There will still be costs to cover between now and then and any help is welcome.

Now, let's break out the confetti and celebrate this milestone!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

$350 Reward Post

Wow, you guys are amazing! Less than 24 hours after my last post we recieved two donations that added up to $55! That brings us up to $375 which means I only need $25 more before I order the software! We are so close!

Those who donated -- I will be sending out the screen captures to all the recipients at the same time. Either on December 3rd, or when we hit the $400 mark -- whichever comes first. :)

And now it's time for the $350 reward post...

In the comments below, you all will have a chance to submit your questions. On December 10th, I will chose the 10 best questions, which I will then answer in a video along with one other SOTB cast member. We will put this online as soon as we have the editing software to properly convert it.

Please take the time to read our other SOTB Q&A's, as well as some of my informative posts. We will NOT answer any questions that have been clearly answered anywhere else on the site. So if you haven't been eagerly reading each post from the beginning, now would be a great time to do some researching!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Clock is Ticking

We are running out of time to finish this film before the Premiere date! There are just seven months to complete post-production and we still don't have an editing software!

First off, I'd love to hear in the comments what sort of products you all would like to see in our shop. We would be more than happy to do special commissions, so please contact me at theshadowofthebear@ymail.com if there is a particular piece you'd like to have us make for you.

Secondly... I have a special offer. Today I found the missing SOTB clips CD and was able to finally make the screen captures of the two scenes we have edited. I have over 20 captures from the "Bear telling off Rob" and "Princesses in Disguise" scenes in addition to the one at the top of this post.

However, I will not be releasing them to the public. These captures will be a special present for anyone who spends over $10 in the store (or donates) between now and December 3rd.

So! You've got one week and $10 to spend (or donate) in order to get these screen captures!

And remember, more awesome stuff is coming when we hit $350!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mini Poster Drawing Winners!

Well, we've thrown the names in a bowl and drawn out the lucky three...


Joy D.

Mary Grace D.

Abigail B.

I have e-mailed the three winners and they should be receiving their posters shortly! Thank you all so much for entering! We got 35 entries, which was a bit more than I was expecting.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

$300 Milestone Award Post

And with a donation eCheck just clearing, we passed the $300 mark!

Which means it is now time for me to write a long post with all those little cool details for the true fans to geek out over.

So the director (that's me) is going to ramble...

I first met Anthony (Fish) and Hannah (Blanche) at a film camp. That film camp was really one of the most pivotal happenings of my life. So much changed because of that. One of the biggest was of course meeting these two brilliant actors.

Hannah is a prolific actress. I'm pretty sure she couldn't count off her shows on her hands even if she used all her fingers AND her toes. She's played roles all across the board. I personally have seen her as such roles as a punk (Godspell), Mrs. Cratchett (A Christmas Carol) and Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank). I was unable to watch her in "A Little Shop of Horrors" but I understand she was faaaaantastic. Currently she is in the very demanding musical "Into the Woods" as Cinderella's mother.

In addition to acting, Hannah is a fantastic seamstress. Her sewing skills were actually the bond that really started our friendship. We found out that we both wanted to sew for the same show (Beauty and the Beast) and had a marvelous day working together in which we found we were kindred spirits. Hannah sewed both Blanche's white dress and did the alterations on the teal dress.

As some of you know, Hannah is naturally a strawberry blond. In order to achieve Blanche's necessary dark hair, we had to borrow a wig which Hannah bravely wore all 18 months of filming despite the uncomfortable scratchyness of it. In order to get her eyebrows dark enough, we had to apply mascara to her eyebrows. It looks surprisingly real and really pulls the whole look together.

Anthony, on the other hand, has done very little acting. His "break out" role was in an independent film called "Lights Out" in which he played one of the main characters, a depressed and angsty teen named TJ. This showed me what a brilliant actor he was and I knew he'd be perfect for Fish - even though in real life Anthony is one of the most pleasant and ready to laugh people I know.

Anthony and Hannah and I (and my co-director, Josh) were all in a writer's group together the summer I made the decision to do the movie. It was actually the night of our summer formal dinner that I told Hannah and Anthony about the project. Believe it or not, I have pictures of the conversation when I told Anthony about the idea. We're walking though the park, with a group of elegantly attired young people, and I'm sprouting off all of my grand plans for the project while trying not to trip over my long dress.

For the first three months of production, Anthony was in Arizona helping his grandparents. However, once he returned he through himself headfirst into the production, regularly driving 45 minutes and spending many nights away from home in order to not only act, but also film and manage lighting for our shoots. When Anthony is behind the camera, he has a one track mind and moves intensely around adjusting lights, reflectors and dials.

Sharayah (Rose) and Jed (Bear) popped into my life when I volunteered to costume a community production of Beauty and the Beast.

Jed was "Bear" for me the moment I met him. Even though the two young men are actually rather different, there is still a certain air about him that calls to mind the mysterious hero of SOTB. Between his dreads and the range of emotion he displayed playing the Beast, as well as his kindness and consideration of others, I knew he would be brilliant as Bear. Still, you could have knocked me over with a feather when he actually agreed to take the part!

Jed is an intense and focused actor. When learning his lines, he will go off and study them exclusively, stopping only to ask me questions about motivation, or permission to alter a few words. He is adventurous and always ready to try new things -- but detail oriented enough to be the one person on set who I can always count on to watch out for his own continuity.

One friend used to beg me every time I talked to her to make SOTB into a musical. That was impossible for a million different reasons -- but I have to say, Sharayah could have pulled off a musical Rose with an Oscar-worthy performance. Having seen her as Nancy (Oliver!), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof) and Cinderella (Into the Woods) I know this girl is going to be a hit on Broadway. Like Rose she is completely unafraid of anything, and ready to accept and love a host of people into her life.

She didn't blink once when we put a plastic bag over her head, or pointed a pistol at her -- but that could have had something to do with the fact that her dad was playing Mr. Freet! She underwent crazy shenanigans with the red hair issue -- finally getting to the point where her hairstylist would not dye the hair anymore and chopped it off. In her dedication to the film, Sharayah bought a human-hair wig with her Christmas money to ensure that we could finish the project.

And do you want humor? Just watch Sharayah and Hannah together! They'll sing musicals, make jokes, or practice their lines in crazy accents. (Our favorite? "Holy Candlesticks" in heavy Minnesotan!).

I cannot wait to get a trailer pulled together so that all of you can see more of the amazingness of these actors! We're so close --- just $83.00 more to go!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

$250 Milestone Reward Post!

Thanks to some generous donations, we've crossed the $250 mark and are well on our way to $300!!! We just need $113 in order to be able to purchase our software! (although more than that would be good to cover tax and shipping so that I don't have to pull the extra out of my tiny bank account). Can we hit that before Thanksgiving? If so, we could have a trailer by Christmas!

Anyhow, it's time for the $250 reward post!

For THREE special fans there will be a a SOTB Mini-Poster! I will only be making three copies of this poster, so now is your ONLY chance to get one of them!

The fans will be selected by RANDOM DRAWING on November 20th.

To enter the drawing, send an e-mail with the subject line "Mini Poster Drawing" to theshadowofthebear [at] ymail [dot] com. Include your first name and last initial in the body text. Winners will get a reply on November 20th that will ask for their mailing address so that we can know where to ship the posters.

You are only allowed to enter ONE time --- UNLESS you make a donation between now and then of at least $5. If you do make a donation, you will be allowed to enter the drawing an extra time for each extra $5 you donate. The name on the donation must match the name on the drawing entry, and when making the multiple entries you should indicate that you donated so we know it wasn't just an e-mail fluke.

All e-mails must be submitted by midnight on November 19th!

We will announce the winners on November 20th.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Why we currently can't sell movie merchandise

Some of you have asked me why you haven't been able to buy movie merchandise as we had proposed as a fundraising idea earlier this year.

Well, the answer is that although we got permission from most of the actors, there was one crucial person we were unable to get permission from.

This was of course very disappointing for us all, but there is nothing else we can do at this point. I wish very much that I could make those items available for you, but I tried everything in my power and was unable to secure the permission.

When is the trailer coming?

...when we sell more stuff! We're still just above $200, and we need another $200 before we can buy the software! That trailer isn't coming until we have something to edit on!

How can you help? By checking out and purchasing items from our artfire store!

Don't see anything you want, but still would like to help? You can make us a direct donation! Just click the button in the left-hand corner of this page!






Remember, it's almost November 1st. Buy your Christmas presents early from our Artfire store, and you'll be helping out SOTB in the process!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Welcome to...

I just want to say a big "WELCOME!" to anyone who is visiting the blog after picking up one of our mini-flyers at the Twin Cities Book Fest yesterday. It was great to meet all of you and I hope to see some of you at our premiere in June! Meanwhile, please enjoy browsing our site! We've got tons of pictures, interviews, and even a copy of trailers (though not the best quality) for you to enjoy!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Want a signed SOTB mini poster?

Well first we have to get to $250!!!

But don't worry, we're close, and we've got some lovely new items for you to look at!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

$200 Reward Post

HALFWAY THERE! We are halfway there! Imagine me singing it, oh wonderful fans! We are halfway to getting our editing software! And let me tell you, I am ready to start piecing this baby together!

So, as a reward and to encourage you all to buy even more stuff so that we can get the software - here are the rest of the outdoor pictures - and include some of my favorites!

Remember! The next milestone includes a signed mini-poster for a lucky fan! And because you all are amazing, I've decided to give away THREE posters instead of one when we reach this goal! So keep shopping our artfire, and recommend it to others as well! There is more awesome stuff on the site all the time!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

$150 Goal Reached! Reward post!

Technically we reached the $200 goal, but I didn't want to post all the pictures on one night, so tonight you guys get Fish, and tomorrow you get the rest of the Outdoor Shoot Photos.

Congratulations! We've passed the halfway point! We're halfway to getting the software - and a trailer!!!!

Now Fish yourselves out... and keep your eyes peeled for a couple of extras I threw in because you are all so awesome.