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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.

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Friday, June 17, 2011


(Rob, stunned by Rose's accusations)

Many many thanks to my friend Alicia for directing me to a website where I could get just about all of our needed sound effects free! You can visit it here: http://www.grsites.com/archive/sounds/

(To download, right click the file type you want and hit "save link as")

I had a blast last night laying in the sound effects and most of the prom music.

We're still looking for a suitable swing song, at least something to use as a placeholder for the premiere. It needs to be free and public domain and we'd greatly appreciate any help!


Carpe Guitarrem said...

The song should also be in a reasonably slowish tempo, I think?

Elenatintil said...

Yes, it should match the beat of "Paper Moon" as closely as possible, as that is what the actors were dancing to and we want the movement and such to match up.

Anonymous said...

I recommend "In the Mood" or "Don't Under Sit Under the Apple Tree." They are big band, nice tempo-ed songs that are fun and are great for swing dancing. If I recall correctly, "Paper Moon" is about the same beat as these songs.
If I'm wrong, there are a lot of big band tunes that are slower that might work.
I do not know the legal steps of acquiring songs for student films, but the songs I mentioned are rather old so they may be available.
Hope this helps.

Lydwina said...

^"Apple Tree" would be a good one, but I don't think it's public domain-- songs usually become public domain 70 years after the death of the author (which is confusing to me because some of the songs on public domain don't have that...). Actually, see this link for pd rules: http://www.copylaw.com/new_articles/PublicDomain.html

Here's a site of those on public domain: http://www.pdinfo.com/list.php

and another one:

"By the Light of the Silvery Moon"

"Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny How You Can Love"

"For Me and My Gal"

This website: http://www.ocswing.com/pages/music.php

claims that this website: http://www.jazz-on-line.com/playlists.htm

has free swing music old enough for public domain.

From what I've looked up, it looks like it'll be difficult to find many big band type songs that are public domain unless the copyright was not renewed.

I'll be praying for you!

Carpe Guitarrem said...

Music is different. I believe the cutoff, for various reasons, is 1922. Any songs which came out after then are no-go. I'll double check. Thanks for the ideas!

Anonymous said...

I do not know if these are in the public domain but you might consider the songs L-O-V-E, by Nat King Cole or A Little Bird Told Me, it's by Evelyn Knight I think.

Good luck and God bless,