Just before our film shoot of 'Under the Pearl Moon' began, a friend of mine said, “Enjoy the shoot. There's nothing like it in the whole world”. And now, a week after the fact, I couldn't agree more. We lived in each others pockets, twelve to fourteen creative people all focused on one story; one goal; one imagining. Not to say there weren't stumbling blocks along the way: the power suddenly shutting down, a thunder storm that came upon us out of the blue; the injury on the last day and though it wasn't serious, our fearless Sonja still needed to be brought to emergency, just to be absolutely sure.
And now that things have returned to normal, I marvel at all the things that could have gone wrong, but didn't. Our two eleven-year-old children had amazing stamina. And though we were shooting in the bush of Northern Ontario for most of the week, not once did a bear appear (though there was a bear on the site, the week previous), the bugs were minimal and the weather was good to us. We worked from dawn to dusk and the generosity of the cast and crew was amazing. We were stuck in a rustic cabin with no running water and yet in the entire week, I don't think there was one complaint from any of us about the setting. It was all embraced with true northern spirit!
Here are some pictures to be enjoyed. These were taken by artist/set dresser Marianne Brown. I also intend to add additional photos by photographer Paula Thiessen.... coming soon!