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Spring progress

May has been an interesting month! We were able to film Matt Kaelin as he took the time to walk us through some of his amazing artwork.

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Eric Kunz then followed up on the year’s progress so far when we stopped in at Seemore Gardens. The Sarracenia are popping up beautiful pitchers, so they’re certainly awake now!

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Coming shortly: we’ll be accompanying Eric as he presents a workshop at a local school. More to follow. Kickstarter backers: Seeds and plants, for those of you with those rewards, will be on their way in the next few weeks, updates to follow!

Goodbye Winter, hello Spring…

March has come and gone, and with it were our set of winter interviews with our subjects! All four participated in interview sessions, and we were able to follow Iván Lacroix on a family outing to Governor’s Island as he helped to care for the local livestock on the weekend of the 25th.

Yes, it was definitely a busy weekend as we also made a trip out to Long Island to interview Matthew Kaelin, author of the forthcoming book “The Sinister Beauty of Carnivorous Plants” due to be released this July.

On to Spring!

On to Spring!

Two more!

It’s Saturday night, and the weekend has already been very long. But good news: we’ve been hard at work on Production. I had the good fortune of filming with our youngest subject, Mr. Iván Lacroix, who was a delight to work with for his Day 1 interview.

…and this was then followed up by the Day 1 interview in the sunny Bronx with Jonathan Mejia of The Sarracenia Forum. We talked about the board’s annual charity auction (which started a week ago!) and this year’s beneficiary, as well the site’s goals for the next year.

Coming up next: I’ll be shadowing Jonathan and Iván for a day or two in the next few weeks and filming with Eric at an event on March 20, and Day 1 interview with author Matt Kaelin (tentatively) on March 23.

Day 1 is in the can!

So, we had our first day of Production this past Sunday, a week later than originally planned, but still completed. 😀 Spent about half a day out at Seemore Carnivorous Gardens with Eric Kunz, who was interviewed for his ‘Winter’ segment. A good time was had by wall, and a few screen grabs (raw footage, resized) will follow below.

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We captured some great insights, some interesting perspectives, and plenty of shots that will help accent the interview.

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We’ll be following up with Eric on March 20th to round up his winter segment as he gives an educational presentation at a nursery. We’ve been given tentative permission to be on hand, so I’m excited to share what happens then!

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In the meantime, next up will be Jonathan Mejia of The Sarracenia Forum, who I’ll be working ith on February 20th! (Keep an eye out for The Sarracenia Forum, which will hosting its annual charity auction shortly. Listings will start going up this Sunday, bidding starts the following Saturday

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Keep an eye out on our website which continues to slowly grow… Gallery and news will be updated soon, but more importantly, you can follow our progress (and see more images) on our social media as well. Twitter @captivatedfilm, Instagram @captivatedthefilm and Facebook @captivatedthefilm.

Let it snow, let it…

Well, thanks to Winter Storm Jonas, we are absolutely buried in snow. But this is a good thing. I was able to head out and around the neighborhood capturing some winter footage to use as a backdrop for the early parts of the film…

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Next stop: snow-covered Times Square on Monday

Looking forward to my first full day of shooting on the 31st!

Site launch

Happy New Year, everyone!

And with 2016 comes a great deal of Pre-production news on CAPTIVATED: The Allure of Carnivorous Plants!

  1. To our amazing Kickstarter backers: Those of you whose rewards include the carnivorous plants Digital Photo Archive should have received the email with the link on Christmas. (I seem to be following a Holiday theme this year.) If you should have received a link, but did NOT, please send me an email… which reminds me…
  2. Our new website is up. (You’re either reading this on Kickstarter, or…) Please find the new site at http://www.captivatedthefilm.com/
    The website is in its nascent stages, but it’s functional. Our email address is on the Join Us page at the bottom.Those of you with screen credits as part of your Kickstarter rewards, please check the information on the Credits page.
  3. Spreading the word: In addition to the website, we’re also now on Facebook (/captivatedthefilm), Instagram (@captivatedthefilm) and Twitter (@captivatedfilm, no “the”).
  4. Preproduction: About 85% of our equipment is here. Camcorder, shoulder rigs and stabilization equipment, lighting, sound, spares (lightbulbs, batteries, etc.)… All that’s missing is the macro camera and its lighting; that comes early next year. Also, CAPTIVATED will now be produced by “Configuration Q Productions LLC”.
  5. Filming: I’m slated to start filming with Eric on January 31st. Jonathan M. and I have been in talks, we’ll be filming in late February. Matt and I have been exchanging emails, scheduling is in progress, hoping for early February. Ivan has been waiting patiently for me to finalize release forms; once that’s done, I’ll be speaking with his family to confirm his involvement, aiming hopefully for late January. (Now that the website is up, these release forms are my next priority.) Lots in the works!

Thanks to all of our supporters for their patience at these early stages! There will be lots happening in the next few weeks… In the meantime, Happy New Year to you all!