Welcome to the blog about our short film, Sadie, posted by Latonia Hartery, Emily Bridger, and Deanne Foley. We’re excited about this project and will update readers on the filmmaking process, our artistic choices, any challenges we face, as well as key steps in the film’s development. If you are a lover of the arts, filmmaker, cinephile, or curious about how films are made, then this site is for you.
We’ll blast out blogs regarding our cast and crew as we sign them on, and chat about writing tips for screenplays, developing a film, the unique nature of an Island film industry, and other miscellaneous topics related to our short. Given that we are an all-female team, we’ll also write a bit about female filmmakers and their role in the industry.
The story of how Sadie came to be is one based on teamwork. Its origin is related to NIFCO’s (Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative) highly sought after Picture Start program . It’s a competition, open to all local filmmakers, who must apply as a writer-director-producer team. I first approached Deanne about a partnership, with me as director, and her as producer. I have always wanted to work with Deanne because of her professionalism, as well as her level of experience and talent. She’s making quite a name for herself in Canada so I was thrilled when she said yes. We wanted to add a writer to the team, and while brainstorming over coffee, had a eureka moment and shouted “Emily Bridger!” simultaneously. Emily signed on, and the next step was to decide the basis for a storyline. I wanted to shoot something historic and based loosely on long ago tales that happened here in NL. Since Picture Start promotes creative growth in areas teams have not yet explored, and given our varying levels of experience (see Our Team), we decided a dramatic thriller is something we all had yet to do. Roughly a week later, Emily had completed a compelling first draft of Sadie (see…we chose so wisely with her!)
With a budget, a plan, a director’s statement, and letters outlining why we wanted to work together, we threw our hat in the ring for the round of applications due in July 2013. In September 2013, we found out Sadie was successful. We were delighted since acceptance into the program means access to funds, workshops, industry connections, highly skilled crews, and camaraderie with the two other teams chosen. Thanks go out to Jennice Ripley, John Doyle, and Brad Gover from NIFCO, as well as Dorian Rowe and Laura Churchill from NLFDC, for selecting us.
We’re in the dead of winter here now in snowy St. John’s, NL, Canada which is perfect for pre-production on a suspenseful drama. Over the next few months we’re in for quite the journey with respect to the life-cycle of this film, and we look forward to sharing it with you as our story evolves. Links to blog updates will be sent out via social media. If you don’t want to miss any of our informative posts, hit the “Follow” button in the lower right hand corner – they’ll go directly to your inbox. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more exciting news!
By Latonia Hartery