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RESUMEE

Monday, October 20th, 2008
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After weeks of trying out editors and even starting to edit scenes myself, I discovered the outrageous talent of my assistant editor. All these weeks she was right there and I didn’t really see the talent of hers. She definitely is a talented, patient, ambitious editor of high quality. When I asked her to edit my movie she couldn’t believe it and was super-happy. When I told her that I was unhappy with what had already been edited and I wanted to start from the beginning with Scene1, she almost fainted. – Well, only 190 more scenes to edit. J

MAKING OF

Friday, August 29th, 2008
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I decided to start editing the Making Of and one of the musicvideos, so that at least something will be finished before 2020… It’s not that long that we finished shooting but it so crazy watching the material now. I even can’t remember a couple of things anymore, I guess the reason for that is the lack of sleep back then. Anyway we got more than 20 hours of Making Of and Casting so it will definitely take me some time, but it’s such a good feeling working on it.

Fellow-Bloggers and Press…

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
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At this point I shall also quickly blog to gladly point out the articles on our project that have already been published:

The only one in English is to be found in the Brownsville Herald - the link is:

Brownsville Herald - View from the ‘Inside’

Unfortunately all the other artices are in German, but nonetheless… here the are…

Fellow bloggers have written on  www.indie-stars.de - the direct link is:

http://www.indie-stars.de/redaktion/backgrounds/2/125/instant-news-57-23-06-2008.htm

this article can also be found on the Filmerforum.de.vu - direct link:

http://z3.invisionfree.com/filmerforum/index.php?showtopic=1677 

and on the blog eliterator.de, also featuring an interview with Constanze:

http://eliterator.blog.de/2008/06/04/inside-america-schonungsloser-einblick-i-4270998#comments 

Then there are the articles published on print in Extradienst and Kurier and the on-line interview with Constanze on the homepage of Ö1 - the direct links are:

Extradienst - Moguln der Zukunft

Kurier - Stars mit Handschlagqualitäten

Ö1 - Talentebörse, Film: Constanze Schumann, Produzentin

All the links can also be found in our blog roll in the “Press” category.

DAY 95 - POSTPRODUCTION - HAPPILY SMOKING

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
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Back then when Haake first arrived in Brownsville everything was totally new for him. No wonder he was never before that far away from home. Joe from the Filmcommission picked him up at the airport and brought him to their office to check our light equipment which came with an air freight. (This was the moment to find out if our lights would would work in the US as there is a different line voltage in Europe. If not we wouldn’t have had any light for shooting). In the evening we went to a Chinese restaurant as Haake was really sceptical regarding Mexican food. Well he got sick from the Chinese food then, that’s all I can say. What was hardest for him was the fact that you can’t smoke anywhere. Look how happy he, Barbara and Joe looked like when they were secretly smoking on the parking lot of the restaurant:

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Day 90: GUNS IN THE GRASS AND CRACK IN THE BATHROOM

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
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Brownsville still suprises me. As I’m already collecting some material for a potential next movie I went for research with Triste. Suprising moment 1: Triste in front of a graffiti wall tells me about the crazy stuff going on in Brownsville. Suddenly he gets a phone call and steps into the grass next to the wall to answer it. When he has finished he calls me to show me a gun that was just lying next to him. Just like that. He told me to film it otherwise no-one would believe him and think he makes up something like this.

Suprising moment 2: We drive to a house where some shit should go on. Triste tells me to film through the bathroom window but as we could hardly see anything we finally go inside. There some guy tells me to go to the bathroom where 3 people are smoking crack through a can. Everyone tells me to film this so that the world gets to know what’s going on in Brownsville… Crazy shit. As I said I’m already three months here in Brownsville, but there are still situations that surprise me.

Day 89: DIRTY AL’S

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
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Damn, that was good today. Got invited by the Filmcommission to Dirty Al’s at South Padre Island and my whole stomach is full of shrimps now. What a dinner in comparison to the last weeks where we had only sandwiches all the time. Yes Barbara, I know you are jealous now, but unfortunately I can’t do anything about it :-)

Day 88: THE SHOCK OF MY LIFE

Monday, May 26th, 2008
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When I got the message that our Raid System is probably destroyed my heart stopped beating for a moment. It started again, when I checked the hard disk that is hidden deep down in my bag and which is a backup. The Raid System is a backup by itself and because of this we didn’t plan to do another backup on a hard disk. The decision for that was made a week ago (has anyone got an idea how difficult it is to buy a Lacie hard disk in Brownsville when American online stores don’t accept European Creditcards? That explains what I did all day long…) But anyway, the film material is still there, I guess I will put the hard disk under my pillow so that definitely nothing happens.

Day 88: THE WHOLE FILM MATERIAL DESTROYED???

Monday, May 26th, 2008
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As soon as I got back to Vienna, I immediately felt all the exhaustment of the past three months and couldn’t help but sleep, sleep, sleep. I was gonna sleep for a couple of days, but got interrupted by a phone call.

It was Haake telling me that something terrible has happened with our raid. Just to make one thing clear: Our raid is a special hard disk, where all our film material, all our scenes are stored. No raid means no scenes and no movie. Destroying our raid is just as if we never shot anything. Just like shooting a movie without putting a tape or film stock into the camera.

So Haake tells me what happened: The flight company took away our raid on the flight from Paris to Vienna. I had another flight and therefore didn’t know anything about it. When Haake got the raid back in Vienna, it was damaged. He, of course, panicked and took it home to plug it in and see if our film material is still there. Unfortunately, he forgot to change the voltage button (We’ve got different voltage in Europe than in the US) and so that whole thing kinda exploded. A small smoke cloud was the end of it. So now we have no idea if all our work is gone or not. We gotta get the raid repaired and then we’ll see if we still have the film material or not. Now all we can do is wait. And I’m not thinking of sleep any more.

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Day 87: AND IT GOES ON

Sunday, May 25th, 2008
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Who thinks that now as my team has gone back home I can go to the beach, is wrong. 5 big boxes full of props are waiting to be given back and 40 release forms are waiting to be signed. Regarding the props the US are wonderful. I have cleaned all the glasses and plates I bought for the party scene and have put them back into their boxes. Tomorrow I will bring them back to Walmart and get my money back. In Austria this is only possible under the hardest conditions and not without telling a lot of lies. Therefore I really love America. When it comes to the release forms the situation is a little bit different, I guess I will have to call a lot of people and drive through the whole city. But whatever, I still have 6 more days to do so….

Day 86: THE TAKE-OFF

Friday, May 16th, 2008
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Honestly… and this time for real: this was definitely the worst day of my life ever. After 3 hours of sleep I had to get up at 7 again to extend my contract with the rental station in Harlingen. Then I headed back to the hotel to pick up Gaile and Barbara to bring them to the airport.

When I came back to the hotel room at 10am (which I had to leave by 11), I got dropped dead. Not only Barbara and Gaile didn’t clean up as they promised but also left the apartment totally destroyed and dirty. Even the coffee machine was still on. Afer a complete nervous breakdown I checked the keys to my new room (which was only one door away) and started to sort out things. First I carried my own stuff (2 bags), then all the props (5 huge boxes) and then the rest of the groceries. That’s when I got the next shock: the new room didn’t have a fridge. Well, that meant, I had to check a new room and to start all over again. In the meantime it was already 2pm and I was unable to move my body anymore because of total exhaustion. Luckily RJ called round that time and offered me his help.

Together we managed to have cleaned up everything within 4 hours (we even washed the dishes as I would have been too embarassed to look at any employee of the hotel again if I had left the room as it was). Anyway I can’t tell you how angry I was. Not only because of the dirt, but my team also has “forgotten” a lot of stuff like kitchenware, a coffee machine, speakers, a notebook (!) and even underwear. And I guess they will never see their stuff again as I have no idea how to carry all these things with me. It’s their own fault, that’s all I can say.