This film took 2 1/2 years from initial idea to final cut. It was ambitious as hell for everyone involved. It was daunting. It was exhausting. It was worth it.
Going into it, my main concern was how to approach making a modern musical for today's audience. I wanted to tip my hat to the films of old while trying to make it accessible for people who say "I don't watch musicals." The thing is though, there's something special about being able to tell stories through song. There's nothing else like it.
Of my 4 previous features, this was the one that touched the most people. It felt surreal traveling from festival to festival and seeing audiences, both young and old, really respond to my take on movie musicals. I'm still in shock in the amount of awards it won. It doesn't feel like any of it really happened. I wasn't used to any of that.
Hell, I don't think I'll ever be.
I had my first speaking cameo in this film. Christina Rose directed me and I needed an embarrassing number of takes.
We made the film with a crew of 4. Sometimes 6. 2 of them crashed on my apartment floor each night.
Christina's Broadway background sparked me to change storylines and expand the role of "Evey" who was a minor character in early drafts.