It's taking a fair amount of time to write out the script, and some details have changed from the early conception of the project. I'm debating whether to have four or five major characters - originally there were supposed to be a Man, Woman, Leader, Student, and Guitarist. I kind of rolled the student and guitarist into one for the latest version; this affects a pivotal scene later in the film, but I think it'll work out OK. Less actors required means less time spent casting, and less likelihood of casting friends or non-actors due to convenience (this almost always happens: cf War Crimes).

I think last time I mentioned some considerations for locations. The story in its current iteration has four main locations - a forest, a spring in the forest, a prairie, and a beach. As far as forest locations, Gainesville is surrounded by trees, and there are at least two or three places that will be fine (I've used them before and no police came in squad cars). I'll be on the lookout for more scenic/impressive forest sites when I start location scouting in a week or two, but if I don't find anything else, that will at least be covered. The forest sequences will be 1 or maybe 2 shooting days.

Next is the spring. This is a little tougher. I've done some research on the Florida state park website and the nearest are Manatee and Ichetucknee Springs. However, shooting there without attracting attention is going to be tricky. Maybe early in the morning on a weekday? Let me know if you have any ideas for locations/strategies.

The prairie is also difficult, since a major part of the action takes place here - maybe 2 shooting days. We wouldn't be able to simply grab a long shot of the view from the road and then pack up. Park rangers might get suspicious of a couple of people walking around in fatigues with machine guns... again, let me know if you have any suggestions. The other issue is that much of Paynes Prairie is currently underwater. I may have to find another place to film most of the prairie scenes and fill in some scenic long shots later to imply the location.

Finally, the beach sequence that ends the film. The best possible place I found for this is Big Talbot Island state park about 20 minutes from Jacksonville. There are some great beaches on the Panhandle that are very natural and isolated, but I'm not driving that far for less than 4 minutes of screen time. The beach near Jacksonville apparently has an unusual dune structure and several dead trees that break up just off the shore. Hopefully this place will be isolated enough that we can leave Gainesville around 8 AM, shoot there from 10:30 to 1:00 or so, and be back before 3 PM.

The current shooting schedule calls for four days, but it may be increased to five.

If you want to get involved either as cast or crew, please e-mail me or post a comment here. I need all the help I can get for this project, which is planned for the month of July.


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