Hey friends and supporters!
We are busily working on getting Kickstarter packets together, which we can assure you will be coming to mailboxes and inboxes soon. In the meantime, it’s time to check in with the ‘ol Whiteman Brothers for a Q & A.
Hey guys, how’s the film coming along?
Well, hello! We are still in production on the film. Though, at this point, we can count remaining scenes on just our fingers (no need for the toes anymore). A big benefit of the film taking longer to complete than initially planned is that we’ve been able to take advantage of the passing seasons. Filming Portland during the changing of the leaves has been particularly satisfying. We just finished shaving Chris’ head for another round of shooting today (what we can assume is one of the last remaining sunny days we can take advantage of).
How excited are you guys about what’s happened so far?
We’re very excited about the footage we’ve gathered. It feels like we’ve had to make far fewer concessions (an invariable part of the filmmaking process) than ever before on a project. We’ve never been more proud of a stack of miniDV tapes. Considering the experimental nature of the project, each character feels like they’ve been given their due.
What’s been the most interesting or revelatory thing that you have come across in production of the film?
The most interesting part of the production has been our peekaboo moments (the unscripted moments). It always sounds like a great idea to rely on shooting from the hip when making a movie, and adapting to your environment on the fly, but the closer you get to those days the more nerve-wracked you become. Preparation is one of the few comforts of making a movie. To intentionally not-prepare for certain elements leads to more butterflies in the stomach and can lead to second-guessing of original intent. With that being said, some of our favorite moments came out of these peekaboo sequences (asking for people’s memories, following our Equinox character around town as he interacted with strangers) and we’re very pleased we’ve chosen to rely on these organic elements so much for the creation of Childhood Machine.
Thanks Sean and Christof and everyone of YOU out there in the interwebs! Keep coming back for more updates!