A lot of you have probably written this film off as dead. At least two of those of you are probably my parents. The truth of the matter is we took on a really ambitious project that we probably would have rightfully deemed insane had we been older and more not stupid. But we're here now, and we have no intention of abandoning what we started. We HAVE been derelict in keeping informed those few of you who have been following this project over the past few years, and I'm going to attempt to rectify that now.
|There's so much I feel I have to explain to you...|
|We've discovered daring new ways to cause each other physical and emotional discomfort!|
The miniature throne room and Oz head were successful enough that Sean and I have decided to work on more miniature environments. He's recently put a lot of work into building a pretty exacting miniature replica of the Kansas farmhouse. This will be used to capture plates for our tornado sequence, replacing the CG house seen in a couple of the trailers. It will also make its way into a full farmhouse model, once Sean has finished the barn and surrounding environment.
|It's actually more structurally sound than the real building.|
To that end we've even mounted minimal reshoots of new live-action material when possible. For example, due to lack of time and resources, our original cornfield sequence was shot with Mariellen Kemp and Chester the puppet on a green screen. Last weekend we knocked the dust off Chester and took him out to an actual cornfield to film him being rescued by a Dorothy stand-in named Gabby. And to prove how much more professional we are now, unlike our misadventures in Kansas, we actually got permission to film on this location.
|Because there's no explaining this to the police.|