Sunday School - Block 2 and 3 Wrap Up

The first half of September has been a month of hitting the grindstone with our webseries Sunday School. We shot over 6 days and have passed the halfway point in the project. We have six days scheduled in October, and here's hoping the weather cooperates. If you don't know what Sunday School is about, check out its page here.

During our six days we saw the first sign of activity from the lemonade stand that acts as the catalyst for the majority of the story within the six episode series.We also saw the first glimpse of the 'rival juice stand', you can find their picture below. The biggest chunk we filmed was the wrapping of our climax. A huge confrontation between the two drink stands, leaving one as the victor and the other as the unanimous loser.

What's up for the rest of September? This Saturday, the 20th, we'll be taking part in the 24/One Film Festival in Edmonton. We'll be doing this alongside Guerrilla Motion Pictures, co-producers of Sunday School. At the end of the month we'll be filming an EP release for a local band and then starting in October we're back to Sunday School.

Until next time.

Turning of Time - Poster Release

Hey everybody, Justin here with a few small updates on the state of The Turning of Time. First off, and the most exciting bit of news, Sam has begun his editing on the series. He's all finished up the first cut for Episode 1 and is making his way through Episode 2. There's still a lot of work leading up towards our première in September. We need to run around and film a chunk of establishing shots, record some voice over, ADR and more for each episode, but this is all a walk in the park in comparison to our seven months of filming.

Sam has also designed a wonderful poster for The Turning of Time. Featuring all eleven cast members in their glory, it can be found here:

Currently our tentative release date for Episode 1 is Sunday September 21st. What better way to ring in Autumn than with an over dramatic soap opera comedy? The season was made for this. Of course, this is all subject to change, but we'll be throwing up updates here as we go. Expect a lot of previews coming out closer to release.

For the time being I'm going to be nose deep in the Edmonton Fringe Festival for our performance of Gumshoe. In early September we're diving back into and hopefully wrapping Sunday School. Our video diary series Valiant is also going steady. There will be more exciting things to come, but for the time being this is what's on 201 Pictures' plate.

Sunday School - Block 1 Wrap Up

This last weekend we finished up the first block of shooting for our newest webseries Sunday School. Sunday School follows the story of four friends who are all hitting dead ends in their young adult life. Instead of growing up they all join in together and make a lemonade stand business. Business falters until Mitchell, the "idea man", comes up with a way to get them to the top. Unfortunately at the top there's competition and the group doesn't deal too well with competition.

Sunday School is a 6 episode comedy series that is being released in January 2015. We're really excited for this one and can't wait for the next eight scheduled days of shooting. Here are a bunch of promo pictures and a video diary all from our first block.

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Holy hell. It's all done. 

Today we wrapped up the last eleven scenes of The Turning of Time. The weather cooperated, then mosquitoes were plentiful and the tears were... well, nobody cried in public but I'm sure when everyone got home at least one of us bawled for a good half hour. I'm not speaking from experience. Stop looking at me. Go to the next paragraph and forget I even brought this up.

Next for Turning of Time? Sam and I are sitting down and beginning the editing. We're damn excited for it. This is the stage where we get to enjoy our previous six months of work come together. It still hasn't hit me fully that we're done this. Joe and I started writing this series back in June 2013. Now, just over a year later we're able to say that the first season is finished. Nineteen days of shooting, eleven main actors and one hundred and eighty seven scenes later... the madness of Turning of Time is done-- for now.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly one character as the 'lead' in The Turning of Time, as all story lines intertwine like some sort of convoluted spider web. But Andrew Naider has the most scenes out of all the actors, so that makes him the winner. What does he win? He wins a life, as his actor put, that is like living a perpetual nightmare. He has no identity and constantly tries to shape himself out as whoever gives him the most attention. Andrew is played by Patrick Maloney and Patrick brought a certain ugliness to Andrew that was almost unimaginable. How this ugliness came to be is a bit of a surprise that will come out later when the series premières, but it's... something else.

Next up on our wrap list is Damien Roland. Damien is a super successful business magnate who currently owns about 95% of North America. This is a true fact, take my word for it and don't look it up. In Turning of Time land Damien always has a target on his back due to his millions upon millions of riches. He's currently married to Abigail (his twelfth marriage) and loves his daughter Emily almost as much as he loves his money. Almost. Damien is played by James Wilkinson. James looks damn good in a suit-- this is probably the thing that made him most like Damien to me. Also the fact that I secretly believe James owns 95% of North America. Lizard people are real, the illuminati... WAKE UP SHEEPLE.

The last character to wrap, and the last scene we shot, featured the Doctor. He doesn't have a name. When people ask for it he just assures them that he knows what he's doing. No one is exactly sure if he has any medical training, but he's always there to help when somebody gets sick or falls into a coma. The Doctor is played by Mitchell Bosecke and he brought a certain zaniness to the character that made Joe and I write an additional scene with him. This craziness works because the Doctor is a very weird character. His wrap picture sums him up perfectly.

What's next beyond the editing of The Turning of Time? There's a few more shooting dates for Valiant before we wrap that project. On Tuesday we're diving into our next series Sunday School. That's starting shooting this month. See you all when that starts updating!

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After our eighteenth day of filming I am able to count how many scenes are left to go on two hands. (I have a bizarre pinky-like growth on my right hand, don't ask.) We have one day left to go and, if weather is kind, we will hopefully be wrapped on July 6th. 

That means that we need to start editing this monstrosity. That also means we'll be getting some actual footage previews coming your way. We are still on track to our September 21st première and what better way to celebrate the start of Fall with a soap opera parody?

Here is the promo picture from today's shoot!

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During our eighteenth day we wrapped Abigail Roland. Abigail Roland is a black widow, the only two things she cares about in life are herself and money. Throughout the series Abigail aligns herself with whoever gives her the best chance of succeeding in her goal and she doesn't care who she hurts in the process. She also has an evil maniacal laugh to die. Abigail is played by Sarah Ormandy. Sarah ripped Abigail off the page perfectly and, thanks to her countless supplies of weird outfits, made Abigail's ever changing wardrobe a huge aspect of her character. She also told me Abigail was just like her-- I don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing, but luckily nobody on set mysteriously slipped into a coma.

Hopefully our next update is the wrap update.

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We had two days of filming this week for The Turning of Time. One of them was rained out, which was unfortunate but when you're at the whim of Alberta weather you sometimes need to sit back and let it do its thing. The other day was a great day of shooting which saw yet another character wrapped. We're getting to the point of the shoot that every shooting day ends with another actor leaving the production and it's always bitter sweet. It's nice to be moving along with the project and knocking on the door of the final shot, but it sucks to say goodbye to these fantastic actors and their characters. Maybe we'll see them again if we're crazy enough to do a second season.

Today's shoot involved filming a part of the climax of the whole series. I'm not going to go into too much detail about what it contains, but know that it involves a heated exchange on a bridge. Also that somehow during filming today one of our donut props went over the side and we mournfully watched it float away. So that's what I'm sharing so far: the end involves a bridge and donuts-- hopefully that's enough to pique your interest.

Here's our promo picture from today:

Christopher scolds Andrew for his accusations towards Abigail.

Christopher scolds Andrew for his accusations towards Abigail.

Today we said goodbye to Christopher King. Since his youth Christopher has always been attempting to get out of the shadow of his evil twin brother. When he thought he was free of it his brother, Raymond, clawed his way back to him. Now he is forced to take some drastic actions that will come back to bite him and a few other characters in The Turning of Time in the process. Christopher is portrayed by Daniel Stilwell and he's absolutely wonderful. Shoot days with Dan are some of my favourites and I've loved working with him ever since our first project together, Til Death Do Us Part. In this series Dan had the challenge of playing more than one character, sometimes at once, and he made it look easy. I know I had a hard enough time just playing Marcus.

If all goes well and Alberta weather cooperates we'll have the Turning of Time wrapped in two more days. Until next time!

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We're getting close. After our latest two days of filming we've gotten 85% through the series. Four more filming days are planned and, if all goes well, the fourth one will be the end of the shoot. Over these two days we also wrapped three of our lovable characters. Okay, one of them is a villain in the series, but they're like our children-- we love all of them equally.

Now let's talk a bit more in detail about our wrapped characters.

The first up is Joyce Nelson. Joyce is the oldest of the three Nelson sisters and is also the most manipulative of the three. While they were children she convinced one of her sisters, Janis, to push her other sister, Janine, into the Grand Canyon. She's only gotten better at it since then. Joyce is played by Taylor Cameron who is one of the cast members I've known since high school. After we graduated I moved away for school but, like a clock that turns time, this project brought us back together as colleagues. I am overjoyed I had the chance to work with her again because she brought such justice to the performance. With her it always seemed like the gears behind Joyce's head were turning.

Next up is Janis Nelson, the third and final Nelson sister (although, I shouldn't get ahead of myself.) Janis is the sister who is stuck in the middle between the blood feud of her sisters. To make matters worse, the love of her life loves both her AND her sister. We'll get to him in a second though. Janis is portrayed by Beth Kuban. When I had my first sit down meeting with Beth I told her about the three levels of characters in Turning of Time. One level was the good, one level was the bad and the final level was the stupid. Janis is one of the few good characters in the series. Beth succeeded phenomenally in bringing this out in her performance as Janis. It made all the unfortunate happenings to Janis even that much more unfortunate. She rounded out the Nelson sisters perfectly.

Our last wrapped character is Marcus Greene. Marcus is a very rich man due to his co-ownership of a jewel mine with Damien Roland. He is very quick to fall in love with anyone who shows him attention and is definitely not the brightest man around. He falls into the idiot level of our character pyramid. He swears that Joyce is the love of his life, although before that Janis was given this title. This was all simple until Janis returned from the 'dead' and now he finds himself equally in love with two women. Marcus is played by me, Justin Cauti, and there isn't much to say about myself beyond the fact that I'm an asshole.

Until next time!

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We finished up another shooting block of The Turning of Time. The stories are coming together in their convoluted web of confusion. We are nearing the end, after this we have about 4 days left in the schedule. That is very exciting.

This block had us introducing a new character, wrapping up two characters and filming one of our climaxes. Everybody worked hard (as per usual with these all these kick ass people) and we ended up with a lot of very funny material captured. Soon we're going to be beginning the editing of this beast and I could not be more excited. I used that turn of phrase correctly, right?

As I mentioned above we wrapped two of our characters during this block. I am going to continue my trend that I started in the last update and talk a bit about these wrapped characters.

Our first big wrapped character is Janine Nelson. Janine was pushed into the Grand Canyon when she was very young by one of her sisters. She was saved by a pack of wolves and raised by them. When she was strong enough she climbed her way out of the Grand Canyon and came back for revenge. Janine is portrayed by Sarah Gibson who was a big piece in our newest short film Not So Black and White. I'm extremely happy she was able to be a part of The Turning of Time's ridiculous cast. She made Janine a very engaging character to watch and was the one responsible with coming up with the idea of Janine's feral upbringing. It's those quirks that'll make me miss shooting scenes with Janine.

Our second wrapped character is the world famous private eye Ace Hart. Ace Hart is tasked with two very important jobs in The Turning of Time. One of them is to track down and arrest Janine Nelson. He has been chasing her for some time and, in the end, Ace Hart knows he won't stop until he gets his man. His second task is to help Damien track down Emily after he goes missing. Ace is played by Riley MacDonnell and, well, his embodiment of the character was incredible. When Joe and I wrote the series we had a certain vision for Ace Hart and Riley took what we put on the page and really ripped Ace Hart out and put him on the screen. 

That's it for now, we'll have some more updates on the last four days of Turning of Time soon.

Sunday School - Writer's Table Read

Last night Mitchell, Eric, James and I all sat down and had our second writer's table read for the upcoming webseries Sunday School. The project has been moving along at a great pace and we're getting the scripts tighter and more coherent with each read. Below is a small video from the table read of a clip from Episode 2. In this episode Mitchell has brought the four friends together to reveal his newest business idea: selling lemonade on the streets as 25 year olds...

He's a dreamer.