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, June 28, 2012

Fans, we want to hear from you!

For four years you guys have been following this blog and supporting this amazing project. You've read our story, and now you've seen the movie (or will very shortly!) for yourselves. While this blog will stay up for the time being as a testament to and chronicle of this project, we probably won't be posting on it very much anymore.

However, before we step back into the gray mists of regular incognito life, I thought it would be really fun to have a sort of celebration of all that this project has brought into our lives. So there are two things I would like your help with!

#1 - already we are getting some really wonderful comments on the blog of how much you guys liked and appreciated the film. Would any of you like to step out of the comment box and into the posting? Would you share your story of how you found this blog, followed the project, and what you loved about the film (or what surprised you)? If you've got a story, e-mail it to me at elenatintil [at] gmail [dot] com under the heading "SOTB Story". If you've got a picture of yourself (with the DVD, in a FTNish costume, with the books, etc) or a piece of your fan art that you'd like to include as well, that'd be awesome! I'll be posting the stories in the order I receive them over the next month.

#2 - I'm going to do one last big Q&A session! Here are the rules:

  • Watch the film first!
  • Read the FAQ's page to make sure your question hasn't already been asked!
  • I can't answer questions about what will happen to the film or any future filming of the story, that's for Regina to say. 
  • Submit your questions in the comments below, and if you are posting Anonymously, please sign some sort of name to it. Thanks!
That's it! I will answer everything to the best of my ability - locations, props, casting, acting stories, why we had to make the choices we did (was it budget? Time? Dramatic effect?), make-up, costume, editing, writing, you name it!

Also I can now officially announce that I will be releasing the blooper reel at the end of the summer, for a limited online showing (probably for the fall or something?). We weren't able to put any special features on the DVD, but I already had the blooper reel mostly compiled and really wanted to share it with you as I know many of you have asked to see it. Regina agreed to a release for a limited amount of time, so it will be coming!


Una Mariah said...

Just a couple:

1: Why wasn't there more of Fish?!!

2: In the scene where Rob and his buddies kidnap Blanche, why wasn't it in a parking lot?

Anonymous said...

Could you please make a feature commentary online? Maybe a featurette with any extra footage about the filming process instead of making just a Q & A? I would love to get behind the scenes! Please, please, please make a commentary! I remember that you planned to make a youtube video with a cast member back during filming, or right after. Will that happen? Please?! lol!

Una Mariah said...

Sorry, some more questions:

1: Why, in some scenes, did you only dub one of the characters shown in that scene?

2: What scene was the hardest to shoot?

3: In the park, why does Fish warn Rose against 'shady guys that pop in out of nowhere, even if they do like music and poetry'? He seems to recognize her as one of the girls Bear likes, but he's never seen her before. Did he follow Bear one night or something and see the Briar girls?

4: Why doesn't Bear have any snow on his shoes at all?

5: Just after he hand the groceries to Mrs. Briar, it looks like he stuffs something in his pocket. If he did, what was it?

6: What is Fish doing in the school parking lot near the beginning? Is he waiting for Bear?

Scarlet said...

What camera(s) did you use?

Maria Collins said...

In the movie, what is the song sung at the credits called.....sorry, but I love it! Is it on YouTube???????

Anonymous said...

Just watched the movie! I thought the four main actors really did a great job! I was pleasantly surprised with the actress who played Rose. She totally nailed the part! Bear was great too. oh and Mr Freet was amazing!! Good job everyone. I know how hard it is to make a feature length film. (made one myself once) Anyways thanks for the entertainment!

Anastasia said...

I'll send you my story by the end of next week...so exciting!!! :)