Winter in the Blood

 

 

 

Day 1

Day 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 2

Day 2

Day 3

Day 3

Day 3

Day 4

Day 4

Day 4

Week In Review

Week In Review

Week In Review

Dear Friends/Supporters/Investors/Angels!

 

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your belief in us, and for embarking on this journey with us. We have now completed 5 days of principal photography, plus a day of pre-shooting with Chaske in the landscape.

 

The dailies, the day's work on HD, are looking great, and we are so excited to be finally be making this movie.

 

 

On Day 1 we started at the First Raise Ranch, for the scenes set in the 1970s. On this day we shot some moving scenes between Granny and Virgil, and also a haunting sequence of Virgil¹s memory of dancing with Agnes.

 

 

 

On Day 2, we shot several scenes where Virgil realizes he must embark on his vision quest, and go out and find Agnes. We also shot a powerful scene on this day in which Granny is very close to death, and strokes Virgil¹s face, while singing to him in her native tongue. This scene brought many to tears.

 

 

On Day 3, we shot Virgil waking up in a ditch, having a wintry vision of his father, John First Raise, who passed out in a ditch and froze to death.

 

The frozen makeup for this scene was very impressive, and created a lonely and terrible image. Finally, we got a beautiful dusk shot of Virgil waking up in the rain, grabbing his suitcase, and walking off into the horizon, toward a new life for himself.

On Day 4, we awoke to a beautiful, stormy sky, which was the perfect setting for a poignant scene in which Virgil, Teresa, and Lame Bull bury Granny and mourn her death.

 

Our interns, hailing from the Native Intern Program at Longhouse Media, the University of Montana, and the University of Texas, plus some excited local Havre kids, are doing just great. All told we have 30 students/interns on this show. They had a very steep learning curve on Thursday, but by Saturday, we could see a huge leap forward. They are intelligent, hard-working, and very eager to learn. Some of them are just beaming at the end of a very arduous 14-hour day, and they are incredibly jazzed by this learning experience. It is very gratifying for us to pass on what we know to this young generation, and to give them the tools to pursue the art and craft of filmmaking.

 

 

It was really a great first week, and please know that we wouldn¹t be here without your support and your faith in us. Attached are some selected stills from the production, to give you a glimpse of how the vision for this film is unfolding on the Montana Hi-Line.

 

Finally, we are still raising funds to complete the vision for this film. We  need $60,000 for production and $60,000 for post-production. If you are inclined to make any further investment, please let us know. If you would like to recommend our film project on to anyone else who might be interested, we would greatly appreciate it.

 

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