The Love That Would Not Die is our cinematic debut, in two parts.
Part 1 was shot almost entirely on an iphone, and edited primarily in iMovie and BlackMagic, thus proving that sometimes technology can accidentally enable creativity. It was lit with clip lights. This was a result of the need to use minimal power, as we shot at an off-grid location (Devon and Brandee's studio) with two tiny solar panels and a few golf cart batteries.
The unique look and feel of the project is achieved through a low-tech, analogue approach to production. We worked hard to use exclusively 'in camera' special effects in lieu of CGI or other digital effects.
Part 2 had the great fortune to be supported by certain unnamed individuals at a college which had to shutter it’s doors thanks to mismanagement. We were able to use an abandoned classroom and some older student film equipment to shoot the episode - hence the higher quality.
The sets and puppets are a product of blood sweat and tears. Many mistakes and failed launches precede what you see on screen. The cast of Balinese-style hand and rod puppets are streamlined in design, lovingly crafted, attentively detailed and costumed. They are built from wood, aluminum foil (the heads) and layers of sculpey and paint. Costumes were created by the amazing Eva Ghazi, using found materials (i.e. scraps) from her fabric studio, and later costumes were created by Brandee Caoba and Sabrina Griffith.
The sets are built from cardboard, discarded commercial materials, paint and styrocore and really whatever else was at hand..
Both episodes premiered at George R.R. Martin's Jean Cocteau Cinema to packed houses and has been held over multiple times. We have since had multiple sold out screenings at Albuquerque's Tannex space, and Portland's The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven, and look forward to screening near you!