One thing is for sure: if you ever have a chance to go to Durango, CO, you should do it! It's an incredible town, boasting beautiful scenery, great restaurants and a wonderful people.
The KIA team recently visited the town to attend the Durango Independent Film Festival, where we had our world premiere screening! We had three packed screenings, rode the Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad and also watched a ton of incredible and inspiring films.
On top of all that, we were honored to win the audience award for BEST SHORT. Thank you, Durango!
Check out this short video we made cataloging our trip to Durango:
Over the last few weeks, we've been collaborating with Alyssa Homan to design a poster for our film. Alyssa is so incredibly talented and we could not be happier with the amazing poster she designed. Check out her other work at: https://ohmanhomanblog.wordpress.com/
So now, without further ado...
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My name is Dana Olinsky. I'm a freelance Costumer and Costume Designer here in Los Angeles. I'm absolutely thrilled to be writing a blog post about a very special project called Killed in Action. Bea (Producer Beatriz Chahin) approached me about the project and I could not have been more excited to work on a short film.
From the minute I met with Chrissie, Matt & Bea, I knew I had to be involved in some aspect. Luckily, just a few short days later I was immersing myself in the world of KIA. As a Costume Designer, the majority of my job is making sure the actor's have clothes to wear on set. Most simply, as long as they are dressed, I've done my job. But, it's so much more than that. As a Costume Designer, it's my job to make the actor feel like they are becoming the character. Usually my process starts with research and questions. I look into the period, where the film is taking place, what time of year, etc. I also grilled Chrissie with questions like: How much money do the characters have? Where did they grow up? Even though this seems like a lot of detail, all of these aspects are related to the way a person dresses. When I'm designing I have a lot of things to consider, some of those include time and money. As much as you want everything to be your perfect design, any realistic designer will take those factors into consideration first. After compiling my research, looking at my budget and meeting with the producers about the specifics of what we were filming, I was ready to actually start pulling clothes. With the actor's sizes in hand, I usually pull a lot of options and narrow it from there. For me, pulling clothes for a character starts with fabric and fit. I really have to connect with the fabric and feel like it would make sense in the world of the film. I came from a theater background, and the main difference is that in a film, every detail is so important. You can see everything so closely, that you need to be on top of color, pattern and fit. Chrissie and I were discussing these small things up until the very last moment. For example, we had to make sure any character who was married would have a wedding ring, and we had to decide what scenes she would be wearing her apron or not. A lot of these decisions happen on set, so it's very important to be paying attention and working with all of the departments to create a cohesive look.
KIA was such a joy to work on! I loved working with all of the actors and doing research about the period. In addition to learning a lot about the time period, I learned so much on how to make a film with a limited budget. I absolutely loved working with the entire cast and crew, can't wait for the next one!
This past Saturday, we shot our film!
And what an incredible day it was. We are so very lucky to have such a talented cast and crew! Every single member of the team brought their talents and enthusiasm to the project, and we all came together to create a very special film.
Of course, there's still a long road of post-production and such ahead, but what a thrilling road it will be....
WOW. It's been a week since we launched and we made our goal!! I am SO EXCITED! I was driving to Sedona, Arizona when it happened: My phone service was inconsistent, but I kept updating to see the news. And then… it happened! And it materialized because of the TREMENDOUS support we've received from our community near and far. Seriously, we have received support all around the world -- hello, Australia, Germany and Colombia! I am so honored by your support. This means that we are going to make this film. There is no turning back. And that reality makes me giddy with excitement! We've been collecting a team of talented, passionate, individuals and together we are gearing up to make a really special project.
Our journey is far from over, though. In many ways, it's just begun. With 13 days left to go in the campaign, I hope to see if we can make it to our stretch goal of $7,500. Every single dollar counts. Sometimes it's hard to know what money will go toward in indie filmmaking, but I can tell you right now. As I said in our video, the look of the film is vital, and replicating the 1940s will be our biggest challenge. We've already begun location scouting and have found some incredible options. Some of the best sites (ones with realistic 1940s details, such as vintage stoves and tiling) exceed our original budget. Additionally, getting access to a WWII era military uniform will be expensive.
I want to encourage you to keep spreading the word and sharing our campaign. And if you were considering donating, but held off, I'd love for you to consider it again. There are still ways that we can enhance our production with your help! Let's make this movie together, and let's make it the best darn film we can!! Thank you for your continued support! WE. ARE. MAKING. A. MOVIE!!!!!!
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