Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pushing Back, Moving Forward

So--we've hit a few production snags, namely due to the economy, but we're cool.

We're moving forward with the production of "A Reasonable Doubt," aiming for a mid-September shoot.

In the meantime, we'll continue to thoroughly develop our production strategy.

In spite of our having postponed principal photography, we've succeeded at raising a significant percentage of our budget over Spring Break and look to continue on, expecting to have the majority of our budget raised by July.

Our estimated production timeline suggests that we'll complete the film by March 2010.

If you happen to be reading this and know anyone looking for any worthy causes for tax-deductible donations, feel free to inquire about how to donate, or donate directly through the blog. You'll get a credit in the film, as well as a free copy of the finished piece.

Also, if anyone knows anyone that has access to a Black Ford Crown Victoria, it would also be a big help.

Stay tuned to the blog for more info on our progress in weeks to come.

Soon to come--

- The cast
- Our core crew

To anybody who's checking us out--thanks for your support. It really helps.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Feb 27-Mar 1

A Fruitful Location Scout

This weekend members of our production team traveled to the film's location to check out we would approach most of the film's main action--the encounter between the police officers and the subject in question.

Below: The encounter's main action charted out
step-by-step in a modular diagram created in Adobe Photoshop.

Monday, February 23, 2009

February 22-28

This past weekend, casting began on "A Reasonable Doubt." Director Tahir Jetter, along with co-producers Perry Pang and Mike Sweeny, auditioned 20 actors for the story's roles.

Casting was very successful--our team has been able to make several choices for potentials who we hope to call back.

We are in the process of holding more auditions this weekend--Saturday the 28th and March 1st.
From there, we’ll be having callbacks the following week--March 7th and 8th, after which time we will be able to decide our cast.

In the meantime, we're finalizing locations--

This past Thursday, February 19th, director Tahir Jetter headed to the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, NYC, and after surveying several areas without much success, by chance stumbled upon a location which our team has decided will do well to serve as the primary setting for most of the film's action. The area's abandoned warehouses, desolate ambience, and considerable lack of pedestrian and vehicular traffic make it a choice location both aesthetically and practically for the production.

It was a cold, windy night and somewhat difficult to get long exposures, but some decent stills resulted, some which will give us a good idea of the space in which we'll be working and a good idea of how to proceed with our production strategy from here on in.


This Weekend—

--A location tech scout – Co-Producers Perry Pang and Mike Sweeny, Director Tahir Jetter
and Director of Photography Max Nova will head to the location
and begin the process of sizing up the area for potential
obstacles; plans for attack.

-- More casting sessions

--In Progress--

--Finding crew

--Coming Soon

--Profiles on our Core Crew
--More location stills
--More multimedia to follow

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Onward--Seeking Cast & Crew

Currently in the process of building our 23-person production team, comprised mainly of NYU Film Majors past and present in addition to our 4-person cast...more forthcoming.


Excluding Valentine's weekend, casting sessions are scheduled to be held on NYU's campus over the course of the next several weeks--between February 16th-March 1st.

Saturday and Sunday February 20th-21st
Saturday and Sunday February 28-March 1st.

More sessions to be scheduled as needed.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Location Stills from Harlem, NY, Feb. 1st, 2009

Some stills taken of potential locations in Harlem, between 125th and 137th streets along 12th Avenue.

Pushing Ahead

Welcome to the official blog for Tahir Jetter's NYU Senior Thesis Production, "A Reasonable Doubt."

We currently have our production dates--April 16-23, 2009--locked in and are getting ready to roll.

Currently in Pre-Production:

-- Casting
-- Location scouting
-- Fundraising
-- Seeking crew members
-- Budgeting
-- Scheduling

Please stay tuned to this blog for updates on the project.