Here’s a few clips from Will Reading, NOW STREAMING ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO!
Here’s some outtakes and bloopers from the kitchen scene. And this is just a taste – there aren’t just more from the movie, there’s more from this part of the movie!
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Will Reading is now streaming on Amazon Prime! But maybe you already knew that. And maybe you already saw it way back when we sent out the Screener Edition DVDs. But guess what? The movie has changed quite a bit since then!
After our screening, I realized the movie had problems I hadn’t really noticed until I saw the movie on a giant screen with an audience. There were pacing issues, a lack of visual spectacle, all sorts of things that needed changing. AND CHANGE THEM WE DID!
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The Will Reading to do list is getting shorter! Here’s what I have left:
- record voice over on March 8
- edit in voice over recording
- verify sound on about 60 minutes of the movie
I’m that close! I don’t want to give a date, but Will Reading is coming to streaming! And it’s going to be soon –really soon. I am so excited to share this final version of the movie with everyone. It’s been a long road, and there were a few times where the problems looked insurmountable, but finally, we’re going to get to share the movie with the world.
After I watched Will Reading with an audience, I was struck by two significant flaws:
1. The beginning of the movie is unbearably slow
2. There weren’t enough memorable images
The first problem was the biggest of the bears. I came up with what I thought was a solution, but after executing it, I found that it just didn’t work. In fact, adding three minutes to the front of the film turned the movie into a confusing mess.
This sent me back to square one: how do I open the movie in a way that is both intriguing and well paced? I decided to simplify my approach and focus on tightening up shot length, swapping out the music and adding a few new shots that would open up the first few moments of the movie. This made a big difference and with a solution finished, I was able to move on to the final bit: making the movie look a bit more cinematic.
Ultimately, for the opening of the film, this meant adding three more shots and changing the composition of a few existing shots as well as other trims and minor changes. I doubt anyone but me would notice the majority of the work, but I do think the film moves along at a much better pace now.
So is this it? Is it finally done? I don’t know. I still have to cut in these last two shots and I’m not entirely sure they’re going to work, meaning I’m going to have to shoot them again. I was outside, it was windy, cold and I was working alone. These are not great conditions to shoot in, but it was the best I could do at the time. I might have to call in reinforcements and start from scratch. Fortunately, it’s just two relatively straight forward shots and if I can’t cut them in successfully, reshooting them is not the end of the world.
The movie is getting closer to being finished, although I haven’t had much time in the last few months. Now that I’ve finished the 5.1 audio mix and other editing, I’m doing a final check on shots and levels before I lock the scenes for good – meaning I’m hoping to never touch the movie again. For example, today I found a shot where a glass was put on a table, but you don’t hear the sound of the glass actually making contact with the surface. I added in the sound effect from another shot. Good times.
I’ve also swapped out some of the music – I’m working on bringing up the “feel” of the pace, particularly early in the movie. Swapping out a slower song and replacing it with something faster and more upbeat seems to change the perception of how long the scene “feels” rather than how long it actually takes. You can see a visual example of this anytime you watch baseball on television; if you count along with how often they switch to a different camera angle, it’s often as short as three seconds! I’m also a big fan of this visual editing technique, especially when the entire cast is sitting at the kitchen table and barely moving.
So here’s the deal: I’m using this post as a “To Do” list, so if you’re following along, here’s what I’ve got left.
Scenes that need work
Scene 0: need to pick up three shots
scene 18: pick up “fire” shots
The following scenes are LOCKED
1 thru 10
The following scenes are LOCKED
11 thru end
Scene 11 is made up of a bunch or so small scenes (numbered 11, 11.1, 11.2 and so on) and it’s one of the big bears of the movie. Any time I get thru scene 11 on one of these checks, it’s a big deal, and hopefully, this will be the last time I look at anything. I’ve still got more than half the movie left, but I’m trying to force myself to find time for this work every week, if not every day.
It’s been a long road, but the 5.1 audio mix is almost complete. Agonizing over mixing each and every voice, sound and musical cue from a general mix standpoint and then into the 5.1 format is a big job and I’m so excited it’s nearly completed. Some bits of the movie are harder to mix than others and seeing the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel is a huge relief.
That’s the thing about independent film: you have no release date, so you could work on it forever, so the possibilities are infinite, but there are only so many hours a day for me to work on the movie (sometimes none) – so time is a finite resource…. I guess it would be a finite resource even if I had nothing to do each and every day but work on the movie, which is not the case.
So anyway, the audio mix is almost done. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’m working on a new cut of the movie. That specifically means I added a new scene and I recut the original first scene of the movie, which took about thirty seconds out of that opening, a segment we were referring to as Katie Weigl, Hand Model. And that part is still in the movie, but the pace is much faster and, in some cases, in a slightly different order. I also made other changes as I came across them – for example, there were these two shots in the movie I hated and I finally realized I could change them. It was a simple fix, but it took me a while to realize this – once I did, the actual work was easy. I’ve found that to be the case in almost all instances – thinking up the change is hard, making the actual edit is an almost instant fix. This is particularly the case in scenes with a lot of moving parts – a fight, for example, is a lot harder to cut than people sitting and talking at a kitchen table.
I don’t want to say exactly when I’ll be done, but I’m finally on the home stretch. Here’s what I have left:
- I’d say I have about ten to fifteen more minutes of the movie to mix into a 5.1 audio format.
- Then, I’ll review each scene individually and give it a final “locked” seal of approval.
- Finally, I’ll watch the entire movie, hopefully with some people that have never seen it and get some feedback. There’s something about having folks in the room that gives me fresh eyes and helps me find mistakes.
After all of that is done, we’re going to enter a few more film festivals and investigate the streaming market. Subscribe to the movie on Facebook or join the email updates to stay informed!
It’s easy to get distracted or frustrated, but now, I’m so close to finishing the 5.1 audio mix of Will Reading that I’m chomping at the bit to get it done. There’s still a few mountains left to climb, but I’m certainly well beyond the halfway point.
Meanwhile, I’ve also added a few shots here and there and recut a critical opening scene, not to mention the new scene we filmed and added to open the movie! Sometimes, it’s hard to tell what you’re missing, and identifying the problem is only the first step because then you have to find the solution! I think we’ve done that with this new first scene, or “Scene 0” as I the sequence is labelled in the edit. Meanwhile, I cut about 30 seconds from the movie that no one will ever miss. I never realized how unbearably slow the pace was until I watched it on a big screen with an audience, so never underestimate a true test screening!
I should also welcome our new cast member, Jeanine Conrad! She stepped in and did a phenomenal job and we’re lucky to have her in the flick. Another note: I’m very excited to add some music from Dylan Curry, who you might better know as Old Cousin Bigfoot – check out his show on YouTube! His tune really upped the energy at the opening of the movie and it makes a HUGE difference.
Well, that’s all for now. Stay tuned for updates!
After the Premiere screening of Will Reading in June of 2017, I had some second thoughts about the movie – especially the opening 20 or so minutes. I’d watched the movie several times at home with friends and family, but it wasn’t until I saw the movie on the big screen with a crowd that certain elements hit me in a way I’d never felt before. I knew I had to make a change.
It took me a while to come with a fix, but I finally did and this past October, we started production back up and filmed a new scene. I’m getting close to finishing the rough cut and I’m simultaneously working on a 5.1 audio mix, so hopefully, I’ll have this done soon.
I’ll keep you posted! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Any time you make a movie, you’re going to have ideas that just don’t make it into the flick. Such were the custom license plates I came up with for the characters Wayne (Bad Guy) and Wendy (Vegan 1 – just barely a reference to Ghostbusters). I had a few different ideas on how to accomplish this, but digital replacement seemed like the way to go… but I ultimately decided it wasn’t worth the time and effort.
And so, the idea ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor.
Here are some behind the scenes photos from the making of Will Reading. More to come!
Katie Weigl is an award-winning stage actress. She has appeared in productions of A Christmas Story, Avenue Q, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Autograph Hound, The Music Man and more.
Dan Conrad is a writer and actor known for Marty and Doug’s New Religion, Overcrowded and I’m Bill Myrtle, Your Next Congressman. He is also the creator of The Magic Bears and the Choose Your Way Through series.
Greg Vorob has produced and acted in film projects including Marty and Doug’s New Religion, Overcrowded, The Master Chef, Wintimidation and Greg’s Guardian Angel. Greg has also worked on the stage as an actor and director.
Marc Seidenstein is a NYC based stage and screen actor. He has appeared in a number of productions including Marty and Doug’s New Religion, Overcrowded, The Blood Bank and The Master Chef.
as Wayne & Will
Jamie Insalaco is a writer and director who has created shows including Quick Reviews and short films. Will Reading is his first feature film.
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Here’s the original Will Reading announcement video from way back in 2014. Work had already been happening on the movie for about a year by then!
This video was filmed in the fall of 2016 on my old phone on the last day of photography for WILL READING as a way of saying thanks to all the people who made this movie a reality.
Will Reading is a movie I started writing on May 30th of 2013. The third draft of the script was finished in the spring of 2014 after which I started casting and other pre production tasks. We had a table read in August of 2014 and went into full production mode, which lasted for… I dunno, until around June 2015 and everything I shot after that was called post production pickups. I had already started editing some of the more challenging sequences while we were shooting, but editing didn’t begin in earnest until after shooting ended and really picked up steam in January of 2016.
And now it’s done.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m so very grateful and proud of everyone that worked on the movie and that the result we achieved have exceeded my wildest expectations!
If you check out the Will Reading link, you can follow along on my production diary.
Stay tuned to this website and the movie’s Facebook page for updates on when and where you can see the movie!
We’re soooooooooo close to having the movie finished! Continue reading “Will Reading – a movie in production by Saylaco Films (update #10)”
It’s been a while. Shooting is done, but the war is not yet over. Here’s a rare video update:
We’re finally on the home stretch, the final leg, the end of principal photography on Will Reading. I think the hardest bits are behind us and it should be relatively smooth sailing until we finally coast into the port for the final docking. Boat metaphors. Continue reading “Will Reading – a movie in production by Saylaco Films (update #8)”
Props, props, props – they’re the bane of my existence… at least in conjunction with making this movie, Will Reading. Sometimes, props are delicious, and when it comes to food props that you expect actors to eat, don’t f@ck around. Continue reading “Will Reading – a movie in production by Saylaco Films (update #7)”
It’s finally here – the first trailer for our movie, Will Reading! I am pumped up about it!
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Production/Principal Photography/Whatever You Wanna Call It is in full swing on Will Reading. Above, we’re just about to shoot the pivotal bar scene. All movies should have a pivotal bar scene (Good Will Hunting) – or at least a memorable one (Gremlins). Continue reading “Will Reading – a movie in production by Saylaco Films (update #5)”
Pre Production on Will Reading is about to come to a close. Our little movie’s script has been shaped into a shooting draft, we’ve got a prop list, a shooting schedule… all that good stuff. At this point, I’m just waiting for the last bits of equipment and props to arrive in the mail while I’m putting together storyboards and shot lists for each scene.
Continue reading “Will Reading – a movie in production by Saylaco Films (update #4)”
Just for giggles, here’s an update on Will Reading – a movie in production by Saylaco Films. Continue reading “Will Reading – a movie in production by Saylaco Films update #3”
Since the last update, things have picked up a bit more steam.
Continue reading “Will Reading – a movie in production by Saylaco Films update #2 (VLOG)”
I’ve been doing movie reviews for a long while, but now, I’m going to put my money where my mouth is (sorta literally) by writing and directing (and, perhaps unwisely, co-starring) in my first feature-length video, Will Reading. I thought it might be fun to keep a movie production diary now that things are getting started. Here’s where we are so far.
1st draft is completed (3/19/14)
There’s no movie without a script, and now, after writing on and off for six months or so, the first draft of the script is complete. Now that I have a feel for the story and the characters, I’ll use the second draft to straighten things out, tighten the bolts on what’s there and add anything that’s missing. This will most likely only take a week or two. Then, I’ll print it out and ask for help from Dr. Girlfriend on the third draft…
contacted actor wish list (3/21/14 – 3/24/14)
I have very specific ideas for the performances I’d like to see in each of the roles, so I, in some ways, wrote the story for actors I know. Hopefully, these folks will be available to/interested in working on this!
one actor signs on (3/24/14)
So far, I’ve received confirmation from one of the four actors on my list, so… yeah, 25% done here!
ordered the new camera (3/24/14)
I have a camera, and I’ve been amassing equipment for years with the idea of making a feature in mind, but now that it’s actually happening, I’m finally upgrading to a pro camera. I’ll have to sell a kidney, but that’s life.
That’s about all for now!