how it was done


Blaine Thurier was weaving a compelling serialized tale in comic strip form about a young woman named Lois. This "low self esteem girl" had no mind of her own, being easy prey for zealous Christians looking for recruits and for sleazebag guys looking for a lay."I was intrigued and disturbed by the characters, and wanted to take a closer look at them. I decided the story would make a better film."

            Looking for a divine sign from somewhere, Blaine woke up one morning to find an old typewriter sitting upon his doorstep. At once, he began scripting his movie. He didn't have any idea how he would finance such a project, so he took a job shelving books at the Vancouver Public Library. He spent many hours poring over books and periodicals, teaching himself about the fundamentals of cinema. When he was finally ready to start shooting the movie, he borrowed some money and bought a DV camera.

            He invited friends and acquaintances to attend his casting sessions. Most of them had little to no acting experience. Blaine was confident in their abilities, though, as most of them were experienced musical performers, well-known in the Vancouver indie music scene. "They weren't exactly camera shy," quipped Blaine. Once the parts were cast, he re-wrote large portions of the script, trying to create a synergy between the character roles and the performers playing them. The rehearsal and shooting sessions were very loose and casual, as Blaine encouraged improvisation. When it came time to edit, he inserted some interesting mistakes, choosing them instead of some of the perfectly executed lines. "This resulted in a very realistic, natural feel to the movie, which is exactly what I was going for."

            Blaine shot the movie over nine months on the weekends, riding the bus to and from locations, tweaking the script along the way. He worked around his cast members' schedules and his own paycheques.He borrowed money to buy DV tapes, and Corrina (Lois) would often buy the beer for after-shoot celebrations. When shooting was finished, Blaine wondered how he was going to complete the film. He went into debt yet again, buying for himself a MacIntosh and teaching himself to edit on Final Cut Pro. He cut the movie in his bedroom. In the end, the whole project ended up costing under $10 000.

            Blaine is currently in development on his second feature I Love You Game.

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