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Yes, the time has finally come, time for the final farewell…

There will be no more updates on this modest blog but as a farewell gift I present to you the first sneak peak at Mattress World, a trailer created by this very intern which you can watch at the link below.

Keep updated on all the Blue Damen news and be sure to watch out for the screening date for Mattress World which should be in the coming months.

And as usual, keep dreaming…

          Mattress World Teaser Trailer         

So shooting has finished and the editing is soon to be begun, but first…a little update…

The shooting itself went rather smoothly: shots here, audio there, etc. etc…But there were a few moments throughout the process I feel are worth highlighting…

For instance Harold Dennis, one of the actors of Mattress World , singing his way through his lines, with some help from the crew of course.  It was a little unexpected but a little musical comedy never hurt anyone.

Mr. Dennis

Mr. Dennis

Both the cast and crew were hard at work throughout shooting, but there was a time or two when a nap was in order…

Chris Farrell sleeping on the job

Chris Farrell sleeping on the job

Being surrounded by mattresses was a bit too tempting at times, though a few of us were lucky enough to escape pictures of our sneaky sleeping.  Chris Farrell, an actor from Mattress World, was not one of those lucky few.

The end of shooting was appropriately marked by plenty of flying feathers and jumping on the bed…

Tin enjoying one of the last shots

Tin Penavic enjoying one of the last shots

It’s probably safe to assume that Tin, an actor of Mattress World, had a good time as shooting came to a close.  Though we interns had a different sort of fun…

Cleanup time...

Cleanup time...

Scott and I had the great pleasure of vacuuming up the feathers off all clothes and floors…quite thrilling.

As for the rest of the scenes you’ll have to wait for the premiere.  But before that time we will have trailers for Mattress Worldposted on Youtube.  So stay tuned!

And as usual, keep dreaming…

Hello faithful readers! and how are you today??

This week has been all preparation…cast read-throughs, costume fittings, location confirming, etc, etc. But because of all this hard work we can finally say…Shooting is  here!

Friday marks the big day when the cameras will start rolling.  Cast has been prepped, costumes are being prepared and the crew is all jazzed up to make some art!

Unfortunately, I will be out of town for the initial work, nonetheless you will be updated next week with all the fascinating happenings of the work in progress.  What’s more, next weekend we have TWO days of shooting which I will be present and ready to share all the fab news.

So, as usual, keep reading, keep updated, and keep dreaming…

Hello Hello loyal readers…It has been busy busy around Blue Damen preparing for shooting that begins NEXT WEEK!! Unbelievable how fast the time flies…Actors have been chosen, sets have been built, schedules have been set and there has even been meetings with the costumers! The magic is all coming together and soon you will be able to see what all this work is for.

BUT for now, as promised, I present to you the interview with fabulous Mattress World writer Laura Lynn MacDonald…

How did you get into writing?

I had my first poem published in Threshold, the literary magazine of DePaul University where I briefly attended. The first time I ever spoke my own words on stage was in the summer of 91’ – at Man Rays in NYC. A friend of mine, Sandra Haller, was invited to read some of her work and she got me on the program. I had “Poet” under my name. It was really thrilling. A wonderful alchemy of writing and performing. For years I wrote poetry. Occasionally, I found outlets to perform my poems in NYC with Talking Jazz, or open mic nights around the city. Screenplays and stage plays came much later.

How did you come to work with Blue Damen?

A friend of mine, Conrad Lawrence, knew Gwydhar Bratton and invited me to Blue Damen’s first brainstorming session for THE INSOMNIAC CHRONICLES. When the protagonist, (a young woman with insomnia who shares her nocturnal wanderings with the world on her blog), was first described to me, I immediately had scene ideas playing in my head. At first my ideas involved having the young woman slip into rabbit-holes around Chicago, like a modern-day Alice in Wonderland. When Gwydhar asked me to explore writing a vignette that’s observed by the young woman, I got the idea of having her drawn to a Mattress shop like someone on a diet is drawn to a patisserie. Gwydhar and I collaborated back and forth on the early drafts. She kept encouraging me to allow the story to get more and more surreal and magical. Now, in MATTRESS WORLD, the mattresses come to life!

You have an extensive background in theatre; do you prefer working in film or theatre?

I will always be a theatre person who writes plays and movies. Maybe someday I’ll write the book for a big musical, or the story that weaves an intriguing biography together for A&E! I’d love that. I started out in the theatre; studying acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and privately with Janis Powell. Theatre has been part of my life since I was fifteen. I didn’t act in a film until I was in my mid-twenties. I find the world of filmmaking very approachable on the indie-level, but ridiculously illusive beyond that. I look forward to when that changes – when I forge more relationships in the industry. I’m really inspired by some of the smart, mind-blowing TV and cable series we’ve seen over the last 5-10 years. Shows like The West Wing, Six Feet Under, Weeds, and The Wire. It’s encouraging to know that many of the writing teams for those shows included playwrights. In the end, it’s spinning an enduring yarn. That’s what I’m after.

You were just asked by the American Theater Company to write a ten-minute-play for their first 10×10 festival. What can you tell us about that?

The American Theater Company’s inaugural 10×10 Festival, is a new festival of tenminute plays created by Chicago writers to address the core question of ATC’s mission statement: “What does it mean to be an American?” The other playwrights in this years festival are: Tanya Saracho, Nambi E. Kelley, Laura Eason, Kristiana Colon, Andrew Hinderaker, Laura Jacqmin, Doug Post, Josh Rollins, and Justin Palmer. I’m really honored to be included among them. The play I’m writing for the festival is called, THE BLOOD LINES OF ISAAC DIGGS. It’s about a black man named Isaac Diggs who needs something from his distant relative… a white man named Isaac Diggs. The Festival runs on Sunday, July 19th at ATC. atcweb.org.

Any other projects in the works?

In August, Gorilla Repertory Theatre is producing my adaptation of Ibsen’s PEER GYNT in Central Park, directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson. Peer will be played by Roger Grunwald. A phenomenal cast of nine other actors will be taking on the other forty roles in the play, incorporating mask work and puppets. Then in September, Elena Skye will be performing in my two-person musical review titled HIGH ON THE MOUNTAIN, about the life and music of bluegrass pioneer Ola Belle Reed. HIGH ON THE MOUNTAIN, will debut at Banjo Jim’s in the East Village, NYC.

Do you plan on continuing writing indefinitely or do you see yourself pursuing something else?

I imagine I’ll always be drawn to expressing myself with words. I’d like to find a little pot of gold so that I can explore some larger altruistic projects someday. I designed a large sculpture that involved clay art and a short film of American Indian children reciting a poem that would play on a circular screen in the center of this massive, engraved clay frame. The idea was a response to the staggering statistics of how few American Indian languages are going to be spoken by this young generation and what it can mean to a culture to lose their language. Regarding acting, I don’t miss it until I get up on stage or before a camera and get to play make believe again. Then I remember how bizarre and rewarding acting is. I don’t need to act, though. I need to write. In May, I directed sixty children in an African folk tale that I adapted. There was live scenery, beautiful animal masks, drumming and chanting. Every good idea that was proposed to me I said yes to. So, we had a cultural display table and sold beads and free-trade coffee and chocolate for Heifer International. Anybody that wanted to participate, I said, “Join the party!” It was psychically exhausting, but incredibly rewarding. Don’t know if I’ll do it again. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some fabulous directors who seamlessly, fearlessly and creatively make every aspect of a production sing together in eight-part-harmony. I don’t know if that’s in me, but a stock-yard of words and ideas are.

In case you would like to learn more Laura Lynn MacDonald’s website is http://www.lauralynnmacdonald.com 

As for Blue Damen a read through and some fittings are in the future for this week’s work so stay tuned to hear all about it…

Well, that’s not really necessary quite yet considering we just finished building part of it.  But closer and closer we are getting to filming!
As of now actors have been chosen, set production has begun, we are still trying to locate a location  but  we already have some lovely pictures of set construction for you to enjoy…
Construction begins...

Construction begins...

 It was a tough job but I managed to hold all those boards in place while Gwydhar did all the work.  Probably the best choice both for the set and for everyone’s safety…     Behold the mighty workerFinishing Touches Testing the Merchandise  As you can see the guys pretty much had everything under control, but believe you me that we interns played a vital role…

Hopefully these snapshots keep you satisfied until you can see the results of all our hard labor.

Until that time comes we still have more goodies to keep you ocuppied, including a fabulous little interview with Mattress World writer Laura Lynn MacDonald.
So faithful readers, as usual, keep reading, keep updated, and keep dreaming…

Tomorrow is the big day…that’s right, the party has arrived.

We will be celebrating Blue Damen’s second anniversary Saturday for all of you that aren’t already aware.  “Persephone” and “The Visionary” will play for your viewing pleasure and there will be food and cake to keep those bellies full.

Besides all the free food there will also be a bit of a fundraiser for Blue Damen…we will be selling various knick-knacks and whats-its all for ONE DOLLAR with all proceeds going to help Blue Damen continue to provide powerful pictures for the people.

In other news…auditions for “Mattress World” are this Wednesday! If you are interested in trying out for any of the roles please feel encouraged to come on down! And of course if you have any questions you can reach us any time day or night by way of our website BlueDamen.com, our MySpace page or whatever other manner you prefer…

Speaking of “Mattress World”…the interview with writer Laura Lynn MacDoald is in the works and soon to be on wordpress, so hold tight, it shan’t be much longer…

That’s all for now and as usual, keep watching and keep dreaming…

Hello all! As I’m sure you are all dying to know I have had my first experience with storyboards…absolutely fascinating, let me tell you a little about that…

Storyboards, for all of you new to film lingo, are picture representations of the different planned shots that will make up the film. They give everyone involved a visual of the desired concept so they can all get on the same page.

After seeing the storyboards for “Mattress World” Scott and I got the neat little assignment to make up some storyboards for a “Mattress World” trailer of our own making…A surprisingly creative opportunity (surprising because it’s not too common to have that kind of involvement in those other lackluster internships out there). So the two of us got to work and managed to dig up some fancy ideas that I’ll be sure to post for your viewing pleasure once they’re finished up, so keep an eye out for that…

As for other Blue Damen news…

1) We’ve finished up the SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) application and have begun the search for actors…who oh who will make the cut?

2) “The Visionary” has been submitted to a few film festivals…wish us luck!!

AND…

3) The PREMIER screening for “The Visionary” (as well as the special encore screening of “Persephone”) is coming up!! Saturday, June 27th, will be the TWO YEAR anniversary of Blue Damen and we’re celebrating with a double screening, free admission and CAKE!! What more do you need??? So be sure to drop by and check it out (and have some cake, of course).

As for this little insomniac I’m off to work on the interview with “Mattress World” writer Laura Lynn MacDonald that I will be posting ASAP for your enjoyment.

Until then, keep dreaming…

Things are really moving over at Blue Damen…everyone’s hustling to work on “Mattress World” and to get information on screenings out to the one-and-only you.  Pretty soon there will be a nice, juicy interview  of writer Laura Lynn to enjoy so stay tuned.  As for this insomniac I’m going to keep dreaming about things to come for “Mattress World” and all things Blue Damen.

MeHey there all you Blue Damen fans and curious internet cruisers!  Cara Galvin here (that’s me next to “Nessie” there), fresh new intern for Blue Damen, and I’ll be sticking around for the next few months to keep you updated with all that’s happening with Blue Damen’s new project “Mattress World” (which is part of  their larger work “The Insomniac Chronicles”).  Just to let you know a little about me…I am a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University, International Business major, Spanish minor, I bake, I bike, and I live for movies, making an internship at a Chicago film company pretty perfect.

So stay tuned in these coming weeks to learn more about the progress of “Mattress World” along with a little info about all the people who make Blue Damen work.