racing to the finish line

8 Sep

Hey, everyone. It’s time (actually, probably overdue) for an update on the film. Short answer: We’re in the editing room, making progress.

Our first editor, Tara Autovino, took the project to the rough cut stage. Since then, we’ve been working with Miranda Devin, who has been cutting features for almost 20 years. With Miranda on board, we’ve been rocking and rolling toward a locked picture, which will likely happen later this year.

I’m very excited about how well the film is turning out. It’s funny and sad and dramatic and weird… and I can’t wait to show it to all of you.

In addition to this website, please check out our Facebook page for more regular updates, and chatter about the film. If you “like” our Facebook page, you’ll receive updates on your News Feed.

That’s all for now. Stay in touch, okay?

Zack

Grandview Palace

15 Apr

If you haven’t heard, Grandview Palace went up in flames last night. Read about the fire here and here. View footage here.

Our hearts go out to the building residents and management. No one is known to have been injured in the fire. The building has about 400 units and 75 year-round residents, some of whom have been moved to a nearby shelter.

Grandview Palace was the primary location for our film, and a welcoming home to our cast and crew for about two weeks. We were lucky enough to get to know the building management, staff and many building residents, including several of our supporting cast members and numerous extras. In addition to being a loss for the current residents, this was a cherished place for many who visited Grandview Palace (and its previous incarnation as Brown’s Hotel) over the past 70 years.

Grandview Palace was fascinating and special, and we are sad to see it go.

updating the updates

7 Dec

We finished shooting a month and a half ago, but the film is far from finished, and there’s been a lot going on.

The biggest news is that we have hired an editor, and editing is underway. After meeting many talented candidates, Biljana and I selected Tara Autovino, a talented filmmaker who has written, directed and edited successful shorts, as well as an upcoming documentary feature. Tara recently received an M.A. from N.Y.U. film school, and now teaches editing at New York Film Academy. In addition to a strong resume, Tara brings a quirky style that will be perfect for this film.

We’re off to a strong start in the editing room, but we still have a long way to go. We hope to have a close-to-final cut in place by early February, and then move on to sound mixing and color correction to give the film a professional polish.

Once the film is finished,  we’ll take a deep breath… and begin applying to film festivals, and trying to generate the kind of buzz around the film that will lead to a distribution deal.

In the meantime… check out the film’s Facebook page for occasional updates. And feel free to get in touch with me with questions.

talk soon,

Zack

P.S. Here’s a first look at a few stills from the film. Enjoy!

Wrapped!

17 Oct

After 18 epic shooting days, and about three weeks in total, we completed production on Palace Living at about midnight on October 12. The shoot was intense, fun, stressful, and remarkably productive. Making a feature film with more than 150 scenes, settings all over the city and state, and about 10 significant characters, in 18 days–let’s just say it’s not easy. It took a lot of hard work from a lot of people.  Thanks so much to our incredible cast of leads and our wild supporting players; our amazing crew, who worked artfully and tirelessly to bring the film to life; everyone who helped provide or manage locations; everyone who invested in the film; the folks at the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture Development; everyone involved in the 2010 trailer or earlier stages of the project; and anyone else I may be overlooking… thanks.

I won’t jinx the film by saying too much about what we shot, but I will say that there’s a lot of optimism about the film. 

I posted a few production photos here, but many more are on the Palace Living Facebook page. Be sure to check that page and this site regularly for updates on the film’s progress.

Thanks again, 

Zack 

In production!

3 Oct

I’ve waited a while to write these words: PALACE LIVING is in production! After a hectic two days in Rockland County and Brooklyn, we travelled up to the Catskills a week ago, and have been shooting nonstop up here ever since. If you’re keeping score at home, we’re nine days into our 17 day shoot.

How’s it going, you ask? There’s stress and we’re tired, but there’s a lot of excitement about what we’re doing. The cast and crew are hitting their stride, and I’m really happy with our footage. We’re a unified front, working hard and collaborating to make a film we believe in. 

This would be a good time to acknowledge some of the additions to our team, since we shot the trailer last year. I’d like to welcome Jason Siegel and Alyssa Mann to the project, as Ethan and Teresa. Owen Donovan has stepped in as Director of Photography and brought a stylized spin to the project. Biljana Ilic has done a great job as producer, putting all the pieces together. I don’t have space here to acknowledge everyone, but we have a great crew who have brought their diverse talents and experiences to the project.

While we’re shooting, stay tuned to our Facebook page (search for Palace Living) for more regular updates, and more photos! In the meantime, thanks again for following the project.

Back to shooting,

Zack

Pre-production!

21 Aug

First off–a big thank you to everyone who supported the film through our IndieGoGo campaign. As I just wrote on Facebook, if I could hug all of you, I would (but probably not all at the same time).

With your help, we’re now able to move into the next phase of our plan for global conquest: pre-production. With most of the key elements of the film locked in, we’re now able to move onto the details–and when you’re talking about a feature film with over 100 scenes, there are a lot of details. We’re tracking down the remaining locations, filling in gaps in our crew, casting supporting roles, ironing out the schedule and logistical details, rehearsing with the cast, fine-tuning the script, etc.   

That sounds like a lot, but we approach it all with tremendous enthusiasm, because we’re lucky enough to be watching the film come together before our eyes. 

As always, feel free to drop me a line at palacefilm@gmail.com.

Best, 

Zack