Behind The Scenes :
Making this short film and entering it into The World Parkinsons Congress contest to share my story and contribute hope and strength on my part has been a wonderful experience. With the encouragement of my family and close friends I set out with my camera (Canon 60D dslr) and some Parkinson friendly film making equipment.
First of all lets just mention that my entire production crew consisted of myself, my Wife and two sons and one actress. Plus two close friends on the final day to help with camera work and lighting for the Dinner scene and the Basement Dance scene.
I first had to meet with my two friends to write and plan out the shooting schedule of the film. I had to take my feature film script and decide how to make 2 hours into 3min and 29sec! Meeting the requirements of the WPC 2013 contest.
This was amazingly difficult so we drew on a past contest experience years ago that proved successful in that we had to tell an original story in 15sec about the Cineplex Cinema Points “Scene Card” in Canada and took first place. You can see it here…
I finally decided to concentrate on my diagnosed with Parkinson’s and how I and my family dealt with the news, the physical impairment I went through taking medications and how that affected me personally.
Once the new short script was written we test shot the scenes with my iphone to make sure it would meet the time requirements. This proved to be hilarious as we made our way throughout an apartment building pretending we were in different locations including a Doctors office and using the underground parking lot too double as our highway as I swung a golf club between vehicles coming and going. I’m sure people were wondering, “Why is that woman running back and forth as that guy swings that golf club in the underground”?
Long story short, when it came time to shoot the real movie my older son and I shot all the exterior shots on the highway and in the car. I was lucky enough to be given a medical exam room to use for the Diagnosis scene in which and actress friend played my Neurologist and my Wife handled the camera early in the morning before patients started rolling in. Everything else was shot indoors in one location.
It’s amazing what you can do with a DSLR camera, a $50 30yr old lighting kit, a tripod and a $145 camera crane jib for that smooth sweeping shot across the kitchen at the end of the film and the falling reveal shot of me sleeping in the car on the side of the highway.
All that and 2 crew members. I also did the editing myself and added the sounds and score using imovie.
The Top 12:
For all our efforts in this wonderful experience we have at this point (July 4th) been chosen as part of the Top 12 finalist across 18 countries. Here is the link to the announcement and further information on WPC 2013. I’m trying to work something out so that I can attend this event as it looks amazing and I’d love to continue to share my story.
If you can attend I highly recommend that you do so and help join the fight against Parkinson’s disease.
Thank you to everyone that has supported this effort and who continues to follow me on my quest to disclosing my full experience through film making, as happy and as painful as it has been along the way.
I canot express enough the freedom it seems to give me and the feeling of support I feel from the Parkinson’s comunity and those just learning about the disease. Your comments and your stories give me strength.
You and I can bring attention and more awareness to the discovery of a cure for Parkinson’s together using our stories and experiences to teach and give strength. Just as we would use our life experiences to raise and teach our children as they pursue their path in life.
For those of you who haven’t scene the film here it is.