Saturday, November 10, 2007


Ed French is in town to do the filming for A View from the Bridge.

Lots of creativity is floating through these walls. Lots of inspired ideas. Lots of calculated experimentation. Our actors have been amazing. They've been able to do take after take. Their lines are completely and strongly memorized which makes shooting a joy (they haven't had much rehearsal time, so they really had to get those words down quickly). Their focus has been extraordinary. Dave Lykins, who is playing Alfieri, has been filmed the most and he's put in a lot of hours with us this week. He's been great and looks wonderful on film.

Aris Tompulis (Eddie) has done a couple scenes with him, as well, and has been intensely stewing his juices subtly enough for the camera.

Ed said that it's been a pleasure working with everyone so far ... Chicago is full of incredibly talented actors and we're so happy to work with these chaps. Everyone has been gracious, professional, calm and helpful. It's been awesome.

Dave Goss (Marco) joined us yesterday to film additional scenes at a Catholic church in the Pilson area. It was beautiful and I think the scenes will look great. I wasn't able to take any pictures in the church, unfortunately, but everything has been captured on film, so we'll have that to chronicle our efforts.

We have a few outdoor shots to take today, some exit shots, Alfieri scenes and anything else we may have put aside for a rainy day. Chris finds this all really exciting and could keep going and going and ... he's a film junky so this has been like Christmas for him. Ed is an old friend, as well, so they've been able to catch up and work with each other gracefully and intuitively.

I think you'll enjoy the end results, my friends. I'm so proud of the work that's been accomplished thus far ... after we finish up today, Ed will fly back to Brooklyn, start the editing process and we'll go from there. Hopefully, we can give you a sneak preview online.

I'll try to post some pictures of the work that will be done today, if I get a chance. (Edited 11/12/07 - Added Pictures - Please check out for more pictures.)


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