Is this a dagger...
Lights... Camera... Action!
Captured on the monitor
Jeff Bush as MacDuff
Valerie Hauss-Smith Prepares
"The Curse of MacBeth"
A brief Production Diary by Tim Shane
Producer & MacBeth
September 2002: While many Shane-Arts
ensemble members were performing in Shakespeare's Much Ado About
Nothing, the sound and lights were run by Jason M. Fitzmauric
of IBOI. Following one of the performances, he approached me about
doing a black and white film noir stylized feature of the Shakespearean
classic, MacBeth. Having worked with Jason twice before, and my
personal affection for Shakespeare's greatest characters, I enthusiastically
declared my interest.
March 2003: After a few meetings, the first
drafts of the screenplay were in circulation and with my experience
in both producing Shakespearean films (Midsummer) as well as low-budget
projects that look better than most sizable projects (Hall Of
Mirrors), I came on board as a producer as well as bringing Shane-Arts
into the mix. Vikas Adam (aka PX Arts)had also produced a previous
project with IBOI (Blood and Stone) as well as a shelved project
with Shane-Arts (Coffee Room) also joined the production team.
Tony A.T. Medina completed the production team with his experience
in producing and his new production equipment. Shortly into scheduling
rehearsals and principle photography, Jason found out he was having
a baby, and we all agreed to delay the production until the Fall.
September 2003: The cast gathered for a reading
at Shane-Arts and as we were ready to roll into production, I
found myself cast as Horatio (another great and underrated Shakespeare
character) in Scott Eckert's long awaited "Shakespeare for
the Modern Man Lesson 2: Hamlet". (His first lesson was ironically
MacBeth). Meanwhile, Valerie Hauss-Smith (Lady MacBeth) and Brad
McEntire (Porter) were cast in Classical Acting Companies "Much
Ado About Nothing" making scheduling the shoots rather interesting
between all of our other shows, as well as the other divisions
of Shane-Arts that were quite busy at this time. In order to get
principle photography "in the can" by the end of 2003,
we raced into production without a complete cast and no rehearsal
process. Due to the busy schedule of the actors, some shoots started
late after long Shakespearean rehearsal and performance of other
shows. Perhaps we have the "curse" at bay, and are just
working through some exhausting logistics.
October 2003: By this time, the cast was full
and rehearsals were taking place on set with a consistent skeleton
crew. We went back to pick up some scenes that we raced through.
For the most part, things were running smoothly for a production
of this magnitude and the given circumstances provided. There
is also the infamous "curse" that comes into account.
Malcolm got a severe case of poison oak.
November 2003: Due to last minute schedule changes,
weather, and what I personally attribute to "the curse",
we are still in production and entering the final stretch which
is usually the most challenging and difficult. In addition to
performer's busy schedules, we are also having a hard time scheduling
our locations. Finally, on my last scene, which appears as my
first scene in the movie, the camera mysteriously falls into White
Rock Lake. Vikas Adam (Banquo) and myself are unaware of this
circumstance as we are also two of the producers in a jon boat
on the other side of the lake. Jason (the director) jumps in the
chilly water after the camera fully clothed and after about 15
minutes is forced to come out by Tony (producer). Jeff Swearingen
jumps in and finally recovers the camera. The camera was destroyed,
but the footage was recovered after several rinses of distilled
water over a period of a week. Perhaps this will make a great
sequal to the Blair Witch Project.
December 2003: With only one shot left, the
project moves into post-production in hopes of getting us back
on schedule for a 2004 release. However, this one shot is a very
long shot. In fact it's a very long scene. As Shane-Arts holds
it's annual company party by celebrating Boxing Day, we watch
some of the footage. The first scene has an audio track from a
completely different IBOI production. This has since been remedied,
but I have a feeling that our commentary track on the DVD edition
will be legendary.
January 2004: MacBeth continues into post-production
and the last scene has been shot, however there are still some
pick up shots and voice overs that are required to finish post
production. We hope to have a release in mid-2004.