We hope everyone is having a beautiful summer!! Sharing sun-drenched images of two of the leading ladies from our film, In The Morning courtesy of cinematographer Bradford Young. After too much time away, we’re back to work with a new editor, new images, new music, and renewed fervor. Thanks for continuing to cheer us on!
"Brooklyn misses Brooklyn." Old friends Bly, Ravi, Amara and Fez chat about love, life and gentrification on a long walk. Our ode to a classic: Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’ meets In The Morning's Brooklyn….
Long days journey into night…. Night falls, and everyone must come to terms with the remains of the day. We’ve made it through the first pass of our rough cut, and though the day is filled with our characters fighting to express themselves, the quiet moments say it all. In the end, we whittled three pages of dialogue down to one line, and cut one scene entirely, trusting in the power of economy. Trusting in the power of these performances. There have been many beautiful moments of discovery in the edit room, we look forward to continuing our work, and sharing them with you. Have a wonderful weekend all!
Walking and talking…. More than halfway through our rough cut and triumphantly through the scenes that kept us up at night…. Shooting these scenes on location, without the ability to lock off the street was an audacious, (maybe even a bit insane : ) moment. But that’s Indie Filmmaking, it’s not for the faint of heart. It takes courage on all sides. Many thanks to our extraordinary cast and crew for their grace under pressure. It works beautifully, and adds so much more energy to the film. Our cast makes Brooklyn look even better!! (Now back to losing sleep over the car scene)
From Beirut to Bahia to Brooklyn…. Travel stories brought us closer together. Before our shoot we all gathered to get to know one another a little better so that the friendships would ring true on screen. We’re one third of the way through our rough cut and done with our brunch scenes and it feels like spending time with old friends. The love is there, feels good!! Now on to those infamous ‘walk and talks’ this week….
Last looks. Something shifts when an actor looks direct to camera. It happens memorably and infamously in François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows and Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. We experiment with this in In The Morning, hoping to pull you that much closer to our heroines…. we look forward to sharing their stories with you and hope you will feel connected to their journey….
References. Point of departure: Woody Allen’s classic ode to modern angst Manhattan. A timeless film of many distinctions: exquisite black and white cinematography, a witty, sharply crafted script and the elegantly understated, though deeply shaded performances. The expressive language, the idiosyncratic specificity, the frenetic energy captured in the city it pays homage to, the unforgettable ‘walk and talks.’ It’s a world that we love to get lost in, and wanted to translate to our own existence. We wanted to create a world and a language just as specific for the bohemian Brooklynites of In The Morning, one shaded with mood, yet still able to find it’s humor.
References. Point of departure: Spike Lee’s groundbreaking film She’s Gotta Have It forever changed the landscape of American cinema. Finally, we could see ourselves in a tangible way. Spike did that brilliantly with this gorgeous, timeless conversation piece. It was a new world. A movement. But it’s revisiting Nola that got us excited about imagining In The Morning’s heroines. The provocative Nola Darling marked a radical departure from anything ever seen on the American screen before and gave us permission to write about women who fall outside of traditional archetypes, women who live a little bit left of center and unapologetically on their own terms.
We’re talking references. Point of departure: Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage. The definitive work exploring intimacy from the masterful director that takes an unflinching look at the inherent contradictions in sustained love. A relentless observation of human emotions. A radical film: hyper-realistic cinematic style, claustrophobic close-ups, and series of rapid, articulate monologues that leave you breathless…. This film changes you. It gave us the inspiration to push In The Morning further, to go beneath the surface. And most of all to not blink.
P.S…. Special shout out to the bagels on the table that went the distance of our 8 day shoot for better or worse as well : )
Style Matters. “I don’t know if I want to try anymore.. to fix what’s broken between us.” Zuri and Leal are all about layers. When we meet them, they are treading through the remains of their broken relationship. We wanted to dress them in layers that could be taken off as the day wore on, a metaphor for their struggle to break down the walls they so carefully constructed to shelter themselves from one another. Their story is a visceral exploration of the love below.