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Production Schedule And Upcoming Meetings

We are set to shoot Sound Staged over Patriot’s Day weekend: April 17-21, 2020. As described in the Meeting #9 and 10 (Really Big) Updates post, a lot needs to happen to meet that deadline successfully. This is exciting. A movie is being made. This is why Pioneer Valley Films exists! Join in, be a part of this, learn how to make a film. This is an incredible opportunity.

The complete schedule is shown below. You can download a PDF version.

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Meeting #7 Update

Howdy Filmmakers! Last night we had the largest turnout ever: 9 people, which is a healthy representation of our budding group.

The biggest news is that we voted on a name with the provision that we can change it anytime we want. There was discussion about still being early in our formation so another name might emerge as we develop as a group. With that caveat in mind, the name with the most votes is

Pioneer Valley Films

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Meeting #5 Notes

Hiya! Last night we had another productive meeting of our short “pull a film out of a hat” group. Here is a summary:

  • Discussed
    • Script: multiple read throughs, general agreement it’s in great shape with just one bit of dialogue needing work (and some other changes that we will do via email).
    • Shooting timeframe: script can be shot in 2 or 3 sections on separate days; start with easiest section (likely the Twilight Zone spoof scene) and end with most difficult after we have some experience together (the first scene which is )
    • A working agreement: as in, we need one before starting production (and that means deciding on a name)
    • Actors needed: a minimum of 8
    • Money: we need to have a way to pool together some money and someone to manage that…we need someone to step up to be a Producer and make this happen.
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Meeting #4 Notes

Hiya! The past two days have been amazing. Over the weekend we had two meetings starting with the fourth meeting at Russell’s animation studio in the Eastworks building in Easthampton, MA. Luis, Mike, Russell, Rowan, and first-time attendee Casey, met to discuss our little group’s name (more on that in a separate update) and to develop Sound Staged further.

Most of our three-hour meeting was a nonstop idea fest of how to make the script tell a compelling and whimsical story about filmmaking that will put us on the map. (I don’t know which map, but a definitely somewhere important, for sure!)

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Meeting #3 Update


Russell, Mike, Luis, and Rowan met today at Mike’s house for about 2½ hours. Here is what we covered:

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, June 22nd at 1 PM. Venue is Russell’s studio in Eastworks #232 at 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA 01027.

If you haven’t yet come, we encourage you to come! We will have more discussion and development of the “Sound Staged” script.

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Meeting #2 Update

Tonight at the 2nd production group meeting we had six people (see photo) and a rocking good development session on the Sound Staged script. We bounced around multiple ideas to make the story more interesting and compelling. Mike and Luis will do a rewrite based on our meeting. They will send another draft within the next week for people to read and think about. It’s really taking shape.

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