Last week we had a very special stage rental! A group of students from Chapman University in Orange, California rented the DotLot studios to produce “Gone South”, their graduate thesis for their film class. This film class is for a junior level course and it’s the capstone of the master’s program for all of the disciplines. We had the pleasure of chatting up Rachel Skidmore, the Line Producer of “Gone South”, and picked her mind about the class, project and the weather. See what she had to say…
The Buddy Group: Are all the crew members and production staff in the program or was it more a “come one come all” type mentality when picking your talent for this project?
Rachel Skidmore: “We have to team up in the spring, the year before our thesis year, with a producer, director, cinematographer, editor, sound designer, and production designer. We get the team together and then start finding all the other crew positions. A lot of the times, the way we find crew is just working on someone else’s film; you trade the labor since it’s free work.”
TBG: What’s “Gone South” about?
RS: “It’s science fiction. It’s basically exploring the idea that the world ran out of water, and what would happen if a corporation controlled it and how that affects one guy who’s working for the corporation, trying to escape with his wife to see what the world’s like outside of that because they’re in a very controlled environment. And then what happens to him afterwards.”
TBG: We’ve heard a lot of construction going on down there. Tell us more about your stage set up and props?
RS: “Here [at DotLot] has been a breeze other than the fact that building the set was a lot more ambitious than we expected. We’ve only been building with about two people and that took some time that we needed to shoot but that’s ok. Last weekend however, we were in Palm Desert, Riverside Country, Salton Sea, Bombay Beach, all over the place, taking about 32 people around the desert for four days, staying in tiny hotels. We survived, it was intense!”
TBG: Glad you enjoyed our buddies at DotLot and good luck. Hopefully we can catch a VIP glimpse of the finished product!