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.



Monday, September 6, 2010

Q&A time.

Filming is done... which means I'm ready to take more questions.

Here is how this works.

Leave your question in the comment box of this post.

You can leave as many questions as you want.

I will give you all until the 10th of September to ask away! Then I will write a post giving as many answers as I can.

PLEASE read the previous Q&A's before asking your questions to avoid redundancy (you can find them here and here). I will not answer any questions that have clearly been answered previously.

EDIT: I am going to start answering questions below. I've gotten so many today and some duplicates are starting, so read these before you submit your own!

kittycat said...

1. Stephen Foster? Did you have him? If so, can we see a pic?
No. We decided back at the beginning of the project that the Fosters were one of the elements that would have to be scrapped in the book – to – movie process. Condensing SOTB was much harder than you'd expect, and there were things that would just have to go in order to make the project a manageable size. Regina was consulted in making all major changes and gave her approval to them.

2. Are the rumors true that you're making Black As Night?
Are there rumors? I hadn't heard. No, we will not be making BAN.

3. Will this film be released on the internet for us to watch, or do we have to buy it? If we have to buy it, how much will it cost?
-- We'll be releasing it on DVD and the cost will be between $15 and $20. All proceeds will go towards reimbursing the Cast and Crew for the time and money they have invested in this massive project.




Porpoise said...
  1. Can we expect any more movie clips or film stills to last us until the film is released? It's a long wait till June 2011. ;)

    There will certainly be more trailers and film stills coming!

    2) Could you re-tell any funny bloopers or a comical circumstances involving any of the main characters?

    Other than what I've already posted on the blog? No, but I can tell you that the blooper reel will be included on the DVD and you all are in for a real treat!

    3) What was the most awful thing that happened on set, but at the end of the day Our Lady came though and everything turned out perfectly?

    Probably the day we got kicked off the St. Catherine location.


    4) Can we expect another trailer with more footage? Don't take this the wrong way; the other ones did their job. They made me want to see more! lol!

    Yes. There will be more trailers coming.


    5) Honestly, in your own opinion, how much alike to book is this movie?

    I think it is very like the book. There are certain location things I would have liked to do differently if I had a bigger budget, but overall I am quite happy with the script – and particularly the actors!

    6) What is one thing that you wish you could've done during production, but weren't able to do?

    There are some shots I wish we could have gotten but we simply ran out of time.

    7) What was your favorite scene to film?

    Anything that had Anthony and Jed acting together. Their brother chemistry was brilliant! Oh and the stuff in Freet's Basement was awesome as well.

    8) What was the most surprisingly excellent scene that you filmed which made you fill with pride and joy? Or if there are more than one, what were the others?

    -The last scene. It almost made me cry. Also, the scene with Rose and Rob in Rob's basement.

    9) Which character BEST fit their part?

    -It's all a matter of individual taste. I think all four of our main characters are astonishingly excellent and when they are acting it is difficult to believe that I'm not really in the room with Blanche, Rose, Bear and Fish!

    10) What scene makes you laugh every time whenever you see it or think about it?

    -Hmmm, that's a hard question. There are so many good parts! Hannah and Sharayah fakign Minnesota accents to memorize their lines... Jed making silly faces at the camera... they aren't scenes, but they are parts of the process which I'll never forget.

    11) What was the most romantic scene you filmed?

    -Oh there are so many beautiful Blanche and Bear parts! The park scene, the prom scene, the end scene... Jed and Hannah were always amazing.

    12) If you were on a desert island with no food or water, who would you want with you: Jed, Hannah, Anthony, or Sharayah? Why?(If this is too prying, you don't have to answer. :)

    -I can answer this one because Anthony and I actually had a long conversation about how we would survive on a deserted Island (We both love LOST). So Anthony. But I think Jed would be very helpful as well, and Sharayah would keep us all from dying of boredom, and Hannah would be a huge practiccal assister.

    13) Did filming this movie change your view of the book? If it did, how did it change?

    -Well writing a screenplay always makes you get rather tired of a story after awhile. That said, I think writing it did expand my understanding of the themes of the book.

    14) What are you most proud of, looking back on this whole adventure?

    - That we've made it this far, despite all of the hurdles we've had to leap!

    15) Can we pretty please see pictures of the last scene with Bear and Blanche? As least one? ;D

    - We've got two fundraisers going on for the film that I'm going to post about hopefully next week. When we've raised our first $100 dollars for that, I will post the Bear and Blanche photoes.





wakingrosealltheway said...

will the movie come out in theaters too?


  • Probably not.




Vianneygirl-Rose said...

Are there any major scenes that you had to leave out while filming?
If so, what are they?


- I believe I have posted pictures or mentioned all of the major scenes we've filmed. So basically, if you haven't heard about it yet, it didn't get filmed.





Valia said...

What park did you film the scene where Rose and Fish meet for the first time in? A friend had said it reminded her of the park across from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, but was unsure as to whether it was the park or just reminiscent of it (and I couldn't tell, either, but it piqued my interest). Thanks!


- We filmed at Loring Park, which is by the Walker Art Center and the old Guthrie location.





BriarRoseGrimmBros said...
  1. Are you going to maek the other two books into movies.

    - Nope. No budget and I am hopefully never producing another film in my life.

    2. And what about alex odonnel and the forty cyber theives


`- Again, no. Although I would love to direct a stage performance of “The Midnight Dancers.”





indigo said...

What was the biggest change you made from the book?


  • You'll have judge that for yourself. Hopefully none of them are very big – I think leaving out the Thrift Store Scene and the Fosters are the most drastic cuts we've had to make (which is pretty good, all things considered).

    In a three or four words, what would you say are the character journeys of the four main characters--how are they different at the end of the story than at the beginning?


- If you've read the book then you should already know what they are. I wouldn't say that their arcs are any different in the film, though we may have made some of them a bit clearer.


~Trini C.~ said...

1. Do Rose and Blanche both know how to play violin and piano?

- Nope! They are both beautiful singers and I believe Sharayah can play piano... but neither of them can play their characters instruments. My sister and I were the violin and piano hand doubles, respectively.

2. Where is this premiering?

Minnesota, in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities!


Lady Blanche Rose said...

I have a question. What will you be doing for the soundtrack? Will it be original music or known songs (but it seems like it might be hard to get the rights for them)? I'm curious because music is always one thing I really notice when I watch movies!

- The music will all be original (or perhaps some canned bits if we get pressed for time). A long time friend of mine is going to be doing most of the composing, however he is getting married next June so it's possible we might need to bring on some other talent to get everything done.


Anonymous said...

What kind of screen are you going to be using for the movie premier? And how big will the screen be?

- Hopefully we will be able to rent a theatre for this.


Will all of the cast members be at the premier?

- That is the goal!

Will there be a time at the premier when we can get autographs from the cast/crew members? :)

- Absolutely.


Anonymous said...

Will Regina Doman be at the movie premier?

- Most likely!


Anonymous said...

Will the DVD include "Behind the Scenes" or interviews of the cast/crew?

- Possibly a few interviews. However making behind-the-scenes features is a LOT of extra editing that I know I won't have time for. Unless someone else appears on the scene, I think the most likely feature are some commentaries because they're the least amount of work.

Do you know approx. how long the movie will be?

- I don't, actually. The estimate has been 2 hours, but until I start editing, I have no idea how close that will be.

Will you ever release the "official script" as a book/booklet for purchase?

- No. Regina owns the script rights and since it may get sold again someday I'm quite certain we will not be publicly releasing it.


Anonymous said...

Will you be selling any props from the movie

- Just about everything used in the film was an item taken from our own homes - which means that we and our families regularly use them and really don't want to sell them. ;) The "Rose" dress (which can be seen in the September issue of I&F) will be up for auction during the Premiere next June.

15 comments:

kittycat said...

Ok! Great! Thank you!!!

1. Stephen Foster? Did you have him? If so, can we see a pic?

2. Are the rumors true that you're making Black As Night?

3. Will this film be released on the internet for us to watch, or do we have to buy it? If we have to buy it, how much will it cost?

Anonymous said...

1) Can we expect any more movie clips or film stills to last us until the film is released? It's a long wait till June 2011. ;)

2) Could you re-tell any funny bloopers or a comical circumstances involving any of the main characters?

3) What was the most awful thing that happened on set, but at the end of the day Our Lady came though and everything turned out perfectly?

4) Can we expect another trailer with more footage? Don't take this the wrong way; the other ones did their job. They made me want to see more! lol!

5) Honestly, in your own opinion, how much alike to book is this movie?

6) What is one thing that you wish you could've done during production, but weren't able to do?

7) What was your favorite scene to film?

8) What was the most surprisingly excellent scene that you filmed which made you fill with pride and joy? Or if there are more than one, what were the others?

9) Which character BEST fit their part?

10) What scene makes you laugh every time whenever you see it or think about it?

11) What was the most romantic scene you filmed?

12) If you were on a desert island with no food or water, who would you want with you: Jed, Hannah, Anthony, or Sharayah? Why?(If this is too prying, you don't have to answer. :)

13) Did filming this movie change your view of the book? If it did, how did it change?

14) What are you most proud of, looking back on this whole adventure?

15) Can we pretty please see pictures of the last scene with Bear and Blanche? As least one? ;D

Well, that's all I have. God bless!
- Porpoise

wakingrosealltheway said...

will the movie come out in theaters too?

Vianneygirl-Rose said...

Are there any major scenes that you had to leave out while filming?
If so, what are they?

Valia said...

What park did you film the scene where Rose and Fish meet for the first time in? A friend had said it reminded her of the park across from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, but was unsure as to whether it was the park or just reminiscent of it (and I couldn't tell, either, but it piqued my interest). Thanks!

BriarRoseGrimmBros said...

1. Are you going to maek the other two books into movies.

2. And what about alex odonnel and the forty cyber theives

indigo said...

What was the biggest change you made from the book?

In a three or four words, what would you say are the character journeys of the four main characters--how are they different at the end of the story than at the beginning?

~Trini C.~ said...

1. Do Rose and Blanche both know how to play violin and piano?

2. Where is this premiering?

Thanks!

Lady Blanche Rose said...

I have a question. What will you be doing for the soundtrack? Will it be original music or known songs (but it seems like it might be hard to get the rights for them)? I'm curious because music is always one thing I really notice when I watch movies!

Anonymous said...

What kind of screen are you going to be using for the movie premier? And how big will the screen be?

Will all of the cast members be at the premier?

Will there be a time at the premier when we can get autographs from the cast/crew members? :)

Anonymous said...

Will Regina Doman be at the movie premier?

Anonymous said...

Will the DVD include "Behind the Scenes" or interviews of the cast/crew?

Do you know approx. how long the movie will be?

Will you ever release the "official script" as a book/booklet for purchase?

Anonymous said...

Will you be selling any props from the movie?

Elvenmaiden said...

Will The Fairy Tale Fan Gathering (ReginaCon) be the same time as the premier?

Jacinta said...

What color is Sharayah's hair originally?