Community helps make movie possible

By: By Sherry Matthews - Contributing columnist

This is going to be a bittersweet week for me as 18 days of shooting wraps and the bevy of activity that culminates into the making of a movie comes to an end.

I’m exhilarated but a little sad to see this part of filming ‘Tarnished Notes’ draw to a close. It’s not over by any means — as I’ve been reminded time and again during my constant need for tutoring in “the movie business” — since there’s still editing and scoring that must be done, not to mention securing the distributor.

All in good time, my friend, publisher and director Mitchell Maxwell reminds me as he lays out the plan for promotion of the movie and, of course, my book. If all goes as we expect, the film could air as early as February with the book following a close second with release later in February or early March.

I still find all this hard to believe, even after getting a little sneak peak of the first eight days of shooting in a four-minute clip that we aired during our wrap party Saturday night. It was an emotional four minutes for me, watching characters come to life in a story based on a book I actually penned. But it was also a highly exhilarating moment, a wow factor beyond comparison!

I’ve said it time and again, but it’s the honest truth — I am blessed beyond measure and I can’t thank God and so many others enough for allowing this dream to become a reality. The beauty of this is that the movie magic was allowed to unfold right here in Clinton and involve so many people that I know, love and respect.

And I cannot thank them enough.

There are all those who’ve allowed us to use their homes, churches, property and businesses as scene locations. It’s no small contribution, giving up one’s property, particularly when we had to turn back the clock to the 1980s, but each person involved has been very gracious. What’s more, I believe they’ve had a little bit of fun watching this story unfold, some as extras, others just sitting on set and observing all the hard work that goes into every single scene.

Then there are all the local vendors who have opened their doors to us, providing lodging, transportation, food and other goods and services for over a month, as actors, day players and crew came into town and began preparing for the 18 days of shooting that ends Friday.

Props also have been garnered locally by generous business owners willing to offer up items for use in one scene or another; and wardrobe has come from one end of the county to another. If it wasn’t in the magical bags of Ryan and Pauline, in many cases it was offered up right here in Sampson.

It has been a team effort, that’s for sure, one that has included a tremendously talented cast and crew, an amazing production office staff and a supportive community that has turned this project into a family affair. There have been lasting friendships forged and respect garnered along the way, and a true heaping helping of gratitude that might start with me but certainly doesn’t end there.

Lead actress Cari Moskow has said time and time again how blessed she feels each morning when she wakes up to be a part of this special project. I couldn’t agree more, and I’m pretty sure there are others that feel the same way.

I know when the director yells “that’s a wrap” on Friday afternoon, there will be shouts of joy that an arduous 18 days have come to a creative close, but I’m just as sure there will be quiet moments of reflection and more than a few tears as this very special October comes to a close. No doubt many of them will fall from my eyes.

Reach publisher and editor Sherry Matthews at 910-249-4612. Follow her on Twitter @sieditor1960; follow the paper @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

By Sherry Matthews

Contributing columnist

Sherry Matthews Matthews

Reach publisher and editor Sherry Matthews at 910-249-4612. Follow her on Twitter @sieditor1960; follow the paper @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.