Moving Forward.......(June 27-July 3, 2016)

A week of meetings, brainstorming with collaborators and costumes........

Monday June 27- Freshly inspired from Saturday's Motherhood Project Workshop my creative team (Nick Gallina and Elizabeth Baker and I)  met at 7:00am at the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum, one of the filming locations to further develop shot, movement and sound ideas. We spent the next 5 hours working on the storyboard for the film. A productive day filled with ideas and laughter. 

Next I headed over to the Palladium to meet with Paul Wilborn, Larry Biddle and Lauren Slone regarding BEACON, a dance series Lauren Slone and I co-produce which will be returning to the Palladium in 2017. It is extremely exciting that BEACON will be back at the Palladium and I can't wait to premiere the Motherhood Project Film on that program. 

Tuesday June 28- Thursday June 30- I took some time to reflect, rework my project budget, contact potential film participants, and research costume ideas. Since I am 33 weeks pregnant I also wanted to carve out some down time to take care of myself and spend time with my four year old. 

Friday July 1- FILMING BEGINS IN 18 DAYS! Had a phone conference with Nick and hashed out some more shot specifics, refined filming schedule, as well as rehearsed with Charlotte Johnson and Elizabeth Baker. My son was a "guest" in rehearsal and while at times it was difficult for me to juggle his desire for my attention and running a rehearsal, ultimately I feel that I accomplished what I wanted to and he had fun going to "work" with mommy. It's a blessing that Charlotte and Elizabeth are gracious and patient! Elizabeth even took the time to let Paxton try his hand at composing music while Charlotte danced. 

 

Paxton shares his creation with Elizabeth. 

Paxton shares his creation with Elizabeth. 

Watching and writing!

Watching and writing!

Sunday July 3-  Met with costume designer, Gillian Bertrand. After a lengthy search we have found some dress options that we both like and that will work for the film. Being pregnant while filming poses challenges not just in what I am physically able to do but also in how I can be costumed. Often what feels the most comfortable and allows me to move, looks like a big tent! One of the challenges is how do I express emotion through movement if no one can see my body move because it is hidden underneath a gigantic costume?  Hopefully one of the two options we settled on will work.....only time will tell.....stay tuned.......