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Moving Pictures

Creating the set for CONSUMED, still photography by Catherine Jackson

I’ve always loved the term “moving pictures” and all its old-fashioned glory. I particularly adore this antiquated term because it not only describes movies as pictures that flit across the screen, but it also hints that these pictures have the power to move us emotionally as viewers. I mean, can you honestly say you’ve never been jolted by swells of music and the sight of a leading man running across a battlefield to be with his betrothed, or rocked to your secret feminist core by the roundhouse kicks of a leading lady as she overcomes super-powered monsters and all the odds? These stirrings inside us are often small and vary greatly depending on how epic a movie is and how grand our suspension of disbelief is on any given day, but I think we all watch movies (every single time and no matter the genre) simply because we want to be moved. Due to the fact that it takes so many resources just to set the filmmaking process in motion, these emotional stirrings almost always begin long before casting, shooting, or writing even starts, and this was certainly the case with the short film I made back in May.

Initially, my short film CONSUMED was a story of love, food, jealousy, marriage, and murder that had been bouncing around in my brain for years just begging me to let it out to play. Would it take the form of a novel, short story, or movie? I wasn’t quite sure, but I knew it had to be told. When my friend pulled me aside, offering up her fancy camera and directorial skills on the off chance that I wanted to make a short film, I finally knew what form this story would take. Discovering two Austin-area actors whom I was convinced were absolutely perfect for the lead roles only further sealed the deal, and I immediately dropped the myriad of other projects I was working on so I could write this script and convince the cast and crew of my dreams to get on board. It didn’t matter that I was a screenwriter who had absolutely zero experience making her own movies – the story moved me, and I was determined to move hell, high water, and heavy kitchen appliances to bring it to life. By some crazy stroke of luck, every talented person who got involved was just as driven to make this film captivating and moving, and the end result is something far greater than I could have ever imagined. Just see for yourself in this amuse bouche of a movie trailer…

Even if you’ve seen this trailer before, I would adore you forever if you took a few moments to watch it again, like it on Facebook and YouTube, and maybe even pledge a couple bucks to CONSUMED’s post-production and marketing fund. The public outpouring of support for this film has already been overwhelming, and I would be so incredibly touched if you got involved in any way possible. Visit my IndieGoGo page for more videos and info about the film, and don’t forget to spread the word to any of your movie/food/scare-loving friends. Since we’re just a matter of weeks away from finishing the final cut of CONSUMED and submitting it to film festivals around the world, every single ounce of public support and marketing mojo goes a long way toward ensuring that this story fills theater seats and moves audiences everywhere. I would love to have you on my gory, gourmet team of moving-picture makers!

Psst: The above still photo was shot by Catherine Jackson Photography, and I post a new still by the talented Miss Jackson to CONSUMED’s Facebook page and IndieGoGo page every day…Can you relate to the feeling of being so moved by a project that you’re willing to blast through mountains in order to make it happen? I would love to hear your story and/or hear what you think of this film trailer! Leave a comment.

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6 Comments

  • Reply kristina@beancakes ★ October 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    hi cote! wow! this definitely looks like my kind of film ~ i absolutely LOVE independent short films! keep me posted on this okay because i will totally support you on this ~ it looks so interesting and very creative!! i hope you had a great thursday my friend 😉
    xoxo ~ kristina

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté October 14, 2011 at 12:47 am

      Thank you, Kristina! I am so happy to hear you like the trailer, and I will definitely keep you posted on the happenings with the film. Many lovely Thursday wishes to you as well, my dear! -Jennifer

  • Reply Meta Musings October 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Wow, looks like a really great film! Can’t wait to see more! xx

  • Reply Anna October 17, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Jennifer I can’t believe that you are the one to be behind this short clip. It’s incredible. I watched it at work and my work mates of course had to come and watch it when they heard me gasp throughout the short clip – we were all quite speechless. I have read the info on the IndieGoGo site and am going to try my hardest to get 10 people to donate $10 each – not for anything else but because I think it’s so amazing that you are so passionate about something you love doing! What a talent you are. P.s I was trying to work out what the film made me felt then I read this and thought YES! So spot on… it is a short film yet feels as though it spans the emotions of a lifetime”. Well done!

    Anna xo

    http://lifesshinyprettythings.blogspot.com/

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté October 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Reading this truly touched me and made my morning, Anna! I’m so happy to hear that my movie trailer got to you (and your coworkers), and I would be so insanely honored to have you spread the word about this and join in on the 10 people/10 dollars challenge. It really does make me so happy knowing that you connected with the emotions of this trailer, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for watching and seeing my passion come through the screen. Thank you so much for believing in my passion project! 🙂 -Jennifer

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