Day Labor film blog

Available on DVD
March 6, 2013, 7:43 pm
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Available on DVD

You can order Day Labor on DVD through CreateSpace:

October in DC
July 31, 2008, 3:31 pm
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Another great festival update.  Day Labor will be screening at the DC Labor Film Festival in our nation’s capitol on the weekend of October 9-12.  The 8th annual DC Labor festival highlights films dealing with workers and the workplace…what a great fit!

DC Labor Film Festival
October 9-12 (specifics TBA)

More festival notifications are due in the next two weeks, so hopefully we’ll have some more good news.

Oh, and I sent off the obligatory entries to Sundance and Slamdance.  It’s like buying a lottery ticket…

August in the ATL
July 31, 2008, 3:26 pm
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Festival Update:

Day Labor will be screening at two festivals on back-to-back weekends in August!

Atlanta Underground Film Festival
Friday August 22
8:00 PM
The Plaza Theater (on Ponce)

Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival
August 29-31 (specific screening TBA)
The Hyatt Regency

Great news, and it will be fun to see Day Labor on the big screen in front of a local crowd.

Day Labor gets STIFFed
April 14, 2008, 10:07 am
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Got a call yesterday from the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) saying that “Day Labor” is officially selected!


The festival takes place in June.  I’ll post the actual date and time of the screening later,
in case you want an excuse to go visit the original Starbucks…

Screening in Kennesaw
April 14, 2008, 10:03 am
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Day Labor will be screening at the Kennesaw Film Festival next Friday, along with cast and crew Q&A between films.

April 18, 2008
Kennesaw State University
7pm-11pm Social Sciences Building
Shorts Program

More info is at the Atlanta Film Community website (which is a great new resource: check it out)

Atlanta Film Community article

Great review
February 26, 2008, 12:31 pm
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“Day Labor” is reviewed in the March issue of MicroFilmmaker magazine, and received the “Best of Show” award with a score of 9.4 out of 10! Congratulations to all of the cast and crew for making a great movie. Read the full review here:

More festival submissions sent out:

  • Charlotte
  • DC Shorts
  • Super Shorts (London)
  • Worldwide Shorts (Toronto)
  • Palm Springs
  • New Orleans

and, unfortunately, the first rejections: Atlanta and Cannes. Oh, well.

More festivals
February 6, 2008, 7:58 pm
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We had a great turnout for the cast/crew party at Manuel’s, and everyone got to screen the movie and take home a DVD. Thanks to everyone for joining us!

More festival submissions mailed out:

  • USA Film Festival
  • Tallahassee
  • Berkshires (near my wife’s hometown)
  • Rome (GA)

Soon we’ll enter into the acceptance/rejection phase, as the notifications start to come in. I’ll keep everyone posted.


For those of you who asked, here’s “Skankobite”, our white trash horror short.

And from Allen, “The Screenwipe Guide to TV — A wry look at what goes in to making your precious telly programs”

Total submission
January 15, 2008, 3:55 pm
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Thanks to the hard work and skills of editor Ron Milestone, the “final cut” of Day Labor was completed in time to submit for the Atlanta Film Festival.   With a great assist from Melo, Tek, and YamNa of Roqmon Music, who huddled together for a late Sunday night production session, and put together some killer tracks to replace the temporary music.

Now the money starts to fly out the door as the festival submission lottery begins.  In addition to Atlanta, entries have gone out to:

  • Cannes (we can dream)
  • CineVegas
  • Houston
  • Seattle True Independant (STIFF)
  • Rhode Island
  • Athens (Ohio)

Also in the works: cast and crew premiere party at Manuel’s.  I’m looking at early February — as soon as I get the DVDs back from the duplicator.

December 4, 2007, 2:59 pm
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After a great weekend of filming, “Day Labor” has wrapped principal photography!

Saturday, we built out a cubicle set at Atlantic Station Studios (now Creative Studios of Atlanta). As expected, the first couple hours were spent manhandling partition walls, arranging knick-knacks and office clutter (with Nancy’s eye for detail), and figuring out angles. We almost put Wayne in the wrong suit…whew. Once the cameras started rolling, everything was magic. We had time to try a few different things, and make sure there was plenty of coverage (thanks Ron for your editing input). The giant tin of popcorn proved that props make the best craft services: next shoot it’s all caramel and cheese corn. After lunch, we changed the set around to shoot from reverse angle. And then we were done. It’s great working with a bunch of pros…all the technical issues are quickly resolved, and I only have to worry about getting the shots. More unglamourous breakdown, loading, and cleanup, but we were all out of there by 4:30 — ahead of schedule!


Sunday started out cold and a little late (including me), in the parking lot. There were some barely averted continuity issues (thankfully Valerie was on top of that), but soon enough we had everyone in wardrobe, the blocking worked out, and the shots started getting checked off the list. A bit of poor planning on my part led to no lunch, then some lunch, then a lot of lunch (Varsity chili dogs and onion rings… greasy and yummy, but definitely tempting fate).


We moved inside the beautiful office (thanks Ferris for letting us shoot there), and got some excellent production value out of the conference room. Some of our first time actors got to experience the hurry-up-and-wait “fun” of a movie set, but J P had everyone trying to stifle laughter as he delivered his marvelously managerial presentation.


That scene finished right on schedule (scary), which left only the break room.

My first moment of panic, when I lost my carefully packed away prop coffee cup that we’d saved from Saturday’s shoot. I had planned to establish Juan drinking the coffee in the break room, and then back at his desk. However, Wayne came up with a much funnier “bagel” shot. Plus there was fake coffee, powdered donuts, and highly suggestive dialogue. Zelda was a very good sport as the object of Wes’ “affection”; thankfully this is not a real workplace or we’d all be getting sued.


So, finally it was time for a catered — and much too big — dinner. Really tasty, lots of leftovers for everyone, and a good chance to relax and chat now that filming was complete.

Once again, a big thanks to all the cast and crew for all you time, talent, skill, and hard work! I can’t wait to see what we’ve made…

Filming has begun…
October 23, 2007, 4:26 pm
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This past weekend’s shoots were a great success! We filmed the beginning and ending on Saturday, and on Sunday we went fishing. Many thanks to our DP Allen Facemire for making the footage look fabulous, and to all the cast and crew for their hard work. A special thanks to all the actual day laborers who filled in our scenes with their highly realistic portrayals of day laborers.

So now we’ll take the month of November to prepare for the office shots.