Morning Family! It gives us great pleasure to announce that it is a WRAP on shooting In The Morning!!! Thank you ALL for your support + kicking it with us throughout our entire journey. However, our time together does not end here. We will soon go into post production as well as entering our film into festivals soon after. So keep it locked as we invite you to share the continuation of our journey with In The Morning. Shout outs to our exceptional + talented cast + crew to follow as well as well as more photos + video of our experience! Have a great day, continue to spread the word + we thank you again. Oh, less we forget, we shot In The Morning in 8 DAYS! How Amazing is that?
Words from the In The Morning Facebook page, posted earlier today.
That was fast right? Welcome to indie filmmaking, where feature film shoots take less than 10 days! What’s that saying? By. Any. Means. Necessary.
And with the talent involved in this production, both in front of and behind the camera, I’m looking forward to seeing what this looks, sounds and feels like.
In the meantime, we’ll have to settle for a few behind-the-scenes still images captured during principal photography, embedded above and the rest below…
First, a quick recap for those just joining us… the project’s synopsis reads:
In The Morning is a full-length feature film about love and its inevitable change/decline. It charts the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day. Permutations of passion, sorrow, joy and brutal honesty fuel the lives of a group of inter-connected New Yorkers. Friends: Harper, Ravi, Fez, Bly and Amara, gather to bid farewell to one of their own moving abroad, and debate the compromise and loss of their youthful ideals about marriage, fidelity, life and love. Two lovers: Malik and Cadence, meet to ceremoniously end a whirlwind romance that has collapsed under the weight of fears, obligations and regrets. A couple: Zuri and Leal, sift through the remains of their broken relationship as they try to make a life altering decision, journeying through the bitter heartbreak that comes with faded love, disintegrated trust, and dreams abandoned. For everyone, life will be indelibly altered in the morning.
Second, the film’s impressive ensemble cast includes French/Burkinabe actor Jacky Ido in the role of Malik. Most will likely recognize him from Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, playing Marcel to Mélanie Laurent’s vengeful Shosanna; for the geeks out there, he’s also Cédric Ido’s older brother (Cédric directed the African Samurai short film Hasaki Ya Suda I profiled on this site last year, which also starred big brother Jacky); Emayatzy Corinealdi (who got the world’s attention with her starring role in Ava DuVernay’ssophomore fictional narrative effort Middle of Nowhere) as Cadence; Hoji Fortuna (of course the wonderful villain from Djo Munga’s 2011 genre flick Viva Riva!) as Ravi; the original lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas, soul singer Kim Hill as Harper; JoNell Kennedy (from Miranda July’s Me And You And Everyone We Know) as Amara; Tony Award-nominated actress De’adre Aziza (Stew’s rock musical Passing Strange which Spike Lee made a documentary on) as Zuri; Numa Perrier (most recently, you’ll recognize her from Dennis Dortch’s new web series The Couple, which we’ve featured on S&A; I posted episode 2 today) as Bly; and completing the cast are newcomers C.J. Lindsey as Leal, and Alzo Slade as Fez, both making their film debuts.
Principal photography began on March 24th, in Brooklyn, NY, and now it’s officially done, with post-production next.
Here are the stills (including the photo at the top of this post):