That's a wrap! November 20, 2018 13:30From Jess:
If you feel like you haven't been hearing as much from "Rescue Sirens" over the past three months or so, there's a good reason for that: my husband and "Rescue Sirens" co-author, Chris, has been busy directing his first live-action/CGI hybrid film, Jack London's "The Call of the Wild"! I've accompanied him to set most days, and I even have a couple of small cameos in the movie (one of which "Rescue Sirens" fans will find particularly fun, I think). Chris's cast and crew are all absolutely outstanding, and I can't wait to see the final product!
Filming wrapped late-night Friday, bringing this part of the adventure to a close.
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Roughly eleven weeks ago, I started principal photography on “The Call of the Wild,” based on the Jack London novel. . Since then I’ve shot in trainyards, soundstages, old mansions, and man-made rivers, towns, and snowed-in mountain passes recreated on a desert movie ranch. Four AM wake-ups, fifteen-hour days, all-night shoots, windstorms, freezing cold, burning heat, days spent in snow and mud and even underwater. All with a massive crew of the nicest, most talented people in the industry. . We wrapped filming early morning Saturday; last night we had our wrap party, and Jess (who was there through it all) and I attended. In two weeks, I begin a year of post-production — but today, we finally sleep in! #chrissanders #cotw
I'm so incredibly proud of Chris! As always, he's remained enthusiastic, encouraging, and energetic throughout the entire shoot; I really don't know how he does it. (Coffee helps, I guess.)
Now that production has ended, "The Call of the Wild" moves into post-production, during which Chris and a team of animators will bring the story's dogs to life. This is much more like what Chris is used to, coming from animated films, and the process should take around a year.
The long hours, night shoots, and general craziness of the shoot are behind us, so I plan on getting back to "Rescue Sirens" in a more visible way. I'm still devoting a lot of time and brainpower behind-the-scenes to the development document I've been working on, and we could definitely use some crossed fingers (or fins) in the weeks to come as we explore possible directions that "Rescue Sirens" could take in the future.
With 2019 right around the corner, Chris and I are hopeful for another exciting year!
...but now, we're gonna take a nap.