How we did it

  • We wanted to make a movie in Butte, Montana
  • We wrote an "Exquisite Corpse" style story set in Butte via e-mail. See the first page of the diary
  • We made a trip to Butte, and while there started work on a Treatment (our film story written out like a short story). On this trip we also made a trailer (you can watch it as a streaming video from our Movie page.)
  • We did more research by chasing some web links
  • We transformed the treatment into a script . The script was written based on the traditional form of a silent film scenario
  • We found actors and went out to Butte to make the movie. You may read all about it in our filmmaking diary
  • I holed myself up in an edit suite and edited our twenty plus hours of video into a 98 minute feature over a period of about three months
  • We held a sneak preview screening at Mayslack's bar in Minneapolis (December 8, 1999).
  • We presented the film in Butte Montana at the Irish Times pub, March 15, 16 and 17, 2000.
  • The movie debuted on in April 2000.
  • I cut 10 minutes out of it, making it a slimmer 88 minutes, in July 2000.
  • We had a gala screening in Butte on June 8, 2001 in the auditorium of Montana Tech.
  • You will buy a copy so that we can pay our credit card bills.

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This page last updated 28 June 2001

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