February update

I just wanted to give you an update on the post production process, in case you were interested in how the sausage is made.  Right now, we are in the color correction and post production sound stage.  This means that we have a cut of the film with which we are happy and we are making it look and sound as pretty as possible.

This, of course, leads you to your next question:  “When can I see it?”  Predictably, my answer is “I don’t know.”  But I promise you will be the first to know when we have something to show you.

In the meantime, I present to you the exclusive first look at the movie with some production stills.  You are the first peeps to lay your peepers on these puppies.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year Update

Hello beautiful people,

I hope whatever holidays you celebrate have been fantastic and drama-free so far.  As we wrap up the arbitrary category of time measurement that is a calendar year, I just wanted to give a quick update on where we are in the wonderful world of SUNDOWN.

A few weekends ago, I trekked down to Brooklyn NY to spend the weekend with our editor Amy Leland to work on a cut of the movie.  I actually made a little video of my trip, but it was mostly us sitting in front of a computer screen.  This was (shockingly) not compelling viewing.  In the stead of the video, I present to you a photo of our lead actor Grayson Powell looking concerned:

I'm super serious, guys!
I’m super serious, guys!

 

Now that’s some acting, eh?  After several hours of my nitpicking and Amy’s endless patience, we came very close to having a cut we are happy with!  In the next few weeks, we should have the final cut which will be the foundation of the film you eventually see.  The next steps after that will be to send the film away for post production sound design and color correction.  And then, we have a movie!  Thus begins the humiliating parade of rejection known as the film festival submission process.  Hooray!

Happy New Arbitrary Category of Time Measurement!

Brendan

November update

Happy November SUNDOWN backers!

With all the anxiety and fear in the air these days, the SUNDOWN team has doubled down effort on throwing ourselves as fully as possible into creativity.  I am a big believer in counteracting despair with hope and nothing fills me with hope more than making films.  So that’s what we’re going to continue to do.  Oh, and also not spend as much time on social media.  That stuff’s brain poison.

Apocalypse aside, it has been an unseasonably warm autumn in the American northeast and the post-production of the movie is heating up.  Our editor Amy Leland has been hard at work, building the foundation of the film.  Cut after cut, it is starting to take shape and all early signs indicate that we have something you’re really going to like.  There’s lots more work to do, but I’m uncharacteristically optimistic.  We even got wunderkind Nina Kremer to recreate her dulcet tones in the voice-over booth (i.e. her mom’s office):

 
 

Such a pro.

We are also still chipping away on delivering rewards.  Lasagnas have been baked, lullabys have been sung, promises kept.  Please keep an eye on your email because I may be asking you for info to get your rewards to you.

That’s the news from SUNDOWN HQ.  As always, the entire team is eternally grateful for making our movie happen.  Have safe and happy holidays and stay tuned for movie news.

And don’t blame me – I voted for McGovern.

Brendan

October update

Hello there!  It’s been a minute since I hollered at ya, so I just wanted to give a quick update on how things are going in SUNDOWN land.  The film is deep in post-production now, with our erstwhile editor Amy Leland hacking away like some sort of freaky supernatural cutting fiend.  I haven’t seen a frame of it yet, but she reports back that she is very happy with the raw footage.  This is a great relief to me, as I was fifty percent sure that Leticia left the lens cap on for the entirety of filming.

Speaking of Leticia de Bortoli, if you haven’t seen her excellent horror short BEAUTY SHOT yet, it is available on Amazon Prime right here.  Please watch it, rate it, and write your review – that’s the only way big companies like Amazon pay attention to little ol’ filmmakers like us.  So help a sister out.

Our little family has been keeping busy since shooting wrapped.  Leticia and I made a music video for Nate Leavitt & the Elevation (a band for which I slappa da bass) which you can check out right here:

Also, our boy Grayson Powell is treading the boards as the one and only Sam “Mayday” Malone in the national touring company of Cheers Live on Stage.  I believe they are finishing up the Chicago run and are headed to St. Louis next.  I was lucky enough to see the show when they were in Boston and Grayson kills it.  Be sure to check it out for your 80’s nostalgia overload when it comes to your city.

That’s all for now.  Be sure to visit us every now and then to check in on our progress.  So… how are you doing?  Write your answer in the blue book provided.  You have 45 minutes.  Pencils up and… begin!

 

Globe article and behind the scenes photos

Quick update – one of our amazing actors Paul Kandarian is also a writer for the Boston Globe and he wrote an article about his experience making SUNDOWN. Check it out:

If that makes you itchy for more peeks behind the scenes, we have added more photos from the production in the new BEHIND THE SCENES section of the site.  Check it out.

More updates to come as summer turns to fall and everything turns pumpkin flavored.

Brendan

Filming has completed!

We finished shooting Sundown: An independent film, so buckle up for a ride on the gratitude train. We couldn’t have made it through an ambitious 20-in-23-days shoot without an amazing, always game and positive crew. Thanks so much to Pearl Lung, Cecilia Prestamo, James Ryan Welch, Ben Northrop, Jill McCarty, Krystle Feher, Jack Garrett, Jen Kruh, Yahna Harris, and (of course) Porcelain Dalya for making my job so much easier than it had any right to be.

Thanks to all the folks who generously opened their homes and places of business for us to use as locations, Chrissy Fantone at Twenty20 Cambridge, Gwen and Kathy at Mount Pleasant Home, the great people at Niko’s Restaurant in Weymouth, Hanover High School, and Artlounge Arlington. The biggest thanks of all go to my mom Bonnie, my brother Colum, and my sis-in-law Katie for allowing our production to take over their lives for two weeks. Eternally grateful.

There were several times during shooting when the production team looked at each other and said “Wow – we did a good job casting, didn’t we?” Huge thanks to Lamont Price, Veronica Anastasio Wiseman, Nina Kremer, Anna Rizzo and Nick Chambers for bringing their immense talents to this project. I think the most amazing thing in the process was watching a group of actors become like a real family. Caitlin Graham is a breathtaking talent who stunned me with almost every take. Zele Avradopoulos and Paul Kandarian brought such life and reality to a couple of very difficult roles. And big thanks to our lead Grayson Powell. He became everything I imagined and more. I’m so proud of this cast for what they accomplished.

Ok, I know it sounds like I’m accepting an award or something, but a couple more: the film simply would not have happened without our producer Sally Northrop. She was a constant rock of competence and beacon of kindness and positivity through the entire process. She is a treasure. Filmmaking is really hard, but it’s a hell of a lot easier when you’ve got Sally by your side.

All right – one more and then I’m done spewing gratitude and I’ll get back to the regularly scheduled cynicism and dick jokes. It’s tough to encapsulate what Leticia De Bortoli Alves has meant to me artistically and personally during the process of shooting. She has been my partner and my friend. She has been the voice of calm and reason, talking me down from Anxiety Tower more times than I can count. In my life as a musician, I was lucky enough to find a “music wife” in Magen. Well, I now consider Leticia my film wife. Hopefully, she won’t divorce me any time soon.

The film is safely in the editor’s hands now.  I’ll continue to give you updates on the progress as things go forward.  Thanks so much for coming on this ride with us!