Friday, March 6, 2009

My Vision Changed for the Better...

When Candace first approached me about producing The City of Lights, I accepted because of the vision I had as to what it would look like. I imagined a dark, dank, dripping storage unit; the final resting place of humanity locked away from the wasteland outside. Put simply, an unilluminated and frightening world.

After talking with her more and throughout the construction of the set, I was constantly surprised at the world that was being created. It was a world of hope and beauty. Humanity - in this dire and desolate time - portrayed as vibrant.

Although this was significantly different to what had originally excited me about the film, I found this vision to be something much more unique. It was not a place I had been before; we were not in the standard cliché of a post-apocalyptic world. It was Candace's imagination - her perception of this story - that made this new world so special.

As I walked through Katie's finished set for the first time, I was shocked to see the mass of colors that surrounded me. They were not the dark, frightening walls of a cage that I had imagined. The main storage unit - though still visually the result of an apocalypse - somehow felt safe. It was in no way what I had expected to see, and I truly couldn't have been happier.

This is what makes this project special to me. It is The City of Lights. It's something different, something never before seen. And I am so happy that I am a part of it. I just can't wait to show it to you...


I realize parts of this post may be confusing to some of you... After all, many of you have probably never read the script or even a logline for the film. So when I say something like "the main storage unit", I realize now that that might not mean anything to you. But don't worry! Zach's going to be filling you in on all the details when he posts later this week. What's the Story and who are the Characters? You'll know soon enough...

-Mike

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