Drawing Underwater

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by C.J. Arellano

MARCH 1, 2011 - "Drawing Underwater" has been selected to screen at the EgoFest Film Festival, March 18-19, 2011, at the CLC Chalberg Theatre in Brainerd, MN.

AUGUST 31, 2010 - "Drawing Underwater" has been selected to screen at the Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival, Sept. 18, 2010 at 4:30pm, Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash.  Hope to see you there!

AUGUST 22, 2010 - "Drawing Underwater" has just been accepted to the Big Bear Lake International Festival! They will be screening the film on September 17, 2010.

JULY 28, 2010 - For our Floridian friends, "Drawing Underwater" will be screening at the Central Florida Film Festival on Sept. 4, 2010, at 1:30pm.  Can't wait!

JUNE 23, 2010 - P to the S, here is the link to our IMDb page, although anything you can find on it you can also find here.  Still, it's always fun to look yourself up on IMDb, no?:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1636763/

MAY 29, 2010 - Today we held a private screening of 'Drawing Underwater' for cast, crew, friends, and family.  We were able to hold it at the Gene Siskel Film Center thanks to our key grip and poster designer Tim Weidelman, who works there - score!  After seeing the film for months in tiny little Quicktime and Final Cut Pro windows, viewing it on a nice, big, fat, deluxe screen was a treat.  Even cooler, however, was seeing the lovely and amazing cast and crew again.   With this premiere screening, we collectively breathed a sigh of accomplishment and put a pin in this project.  Then Josh, his girlfriend, and I went back to his apartment, popped open champagne, and watched reruns of Are You Afraid of the Dark? Success!

APRIL 22, 2010 - Today's Earth Day!

APRIL 12, 2010 -  Josh and I began writing the script for 'Drawing Underwater' 7 months ago.  Working from a short story written by Josh, we hammered out the first draft over a period of two days and spent the next month in revisions.  One of the challenges revolved around the main character Mark.  In the original story, he's the first-person narrator, so much of the tension stems from his feelings of anxiety in any given situation. (For example: "I kept pushing myself up on my palms because the seat felt like it was dropping through the floor of the car, and I could only sort of see out the windows, and I hated that feeling, like being a little kid.")

How were we to translate something so internal to a visual medium?  We would have to pay careful attention to the concision of dialogue, as well as recalibrate scenes to make them more external and image-driven. But most of all we realized that this story as a short film would live or die by the performances of whomever we cast.  If the actors couldn't telegraph the hidden emotions of their characters to the audience, the story would deflate on arrival.  We were lucky - doubly lucky - to have found Kelley Minneci and Andrew Knight, two actors who understood that a split-second reaction on film can equal pages of prose.

APRIL 6, 2010 - Check out the movie poster:

Designed by Tim Weidelman.  Our co-producer Seth Alexander came up with the tagline.

MARCH 18, 2010 - We're still almost done with post! Just wrapping up a few sound and music issues and then it's time to send our little infant film off into the big bad world of festivals and programmers.   Our sound designer Matt Relstab has constructed what we believe to be a crisp and sophisticated soundtrack, and Geoff Shell is bringing it with his evocative, understated music.  Go team!

MARCH 4, 2010 - We're almost done with post!


'Drawing Underwater'

is a 12-minute drama about a girl in mourning who tries to befriend her antisocial classmate.

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