Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill

Good advice, eh?

I had to keep reminding myself of that when on Saturday at our crew call we discovered the apartment was without water! This of course was the opposite of what the city told me. There *should* have been water on according to them. But water or no, our great crew kicked it into high gear (on a beautiful, hot sunny day, no less) and we cleaned the apt from top to bottom. We used bottled water & a 3 gallon jug I brought from home and it worked out just fine. I called the City today to find out what the deal is – they were able to tell me in 5 minutes that yes! indeed! the water had been shut off after the last tenant moved out (which is contrary to what they told me on Friday). Ah well. After a little bit of stress we were able to get the job done.

Yesterday Cheri, our illustrious Production Designer, rolled into town and we discussed things, and paint and more things. What things should be in who’s apartment? Those types of things. We debated wall color and artwork, discussed props – what we need to make, buy, beg, borrow, steal – you get the idea.

Today has been a laundry list of phone calls – getting water on in the apartment, running to the bank for petty cash (oh how we need petty cash these days!), talking with the police department about our schedule, insurance, permits, call sheets – lots of detail stuff that is imperative to a smooth production.

Tomorrow more nailing down the final bits & pieces! Only 4 days til we shoot!!!

From The Life of Riley | posted by carrie on August 17, 2009

One Week!

We begin our production one week from tonight! That is very exciting and a little scary/intimidating as well. We are wrapping up our final location permissions, gear needs, craft service menus, and too many other assorted details to mention. I am looking forward to actually have pre-production behind us and be in the thick of things. There are ALWAYS going to be challenges and problems, I’ve done enough productions to know that, but so far I feel really good about the prep that we’ve done. That at least eases my mind a little. Nothing worse than not being prepared and then getting screwed on set.

We’re shooting on the RED camera which is presenting it’s own technical issues, but I think the image quality is going to be worth it in the long run. This will be the closest we’ve ever shot to 35mm and that is beyond cool. Especially since we get to use DULUTH as a beautiful backdrop. I can’t wait to show off my beautiful home to the world. That plus a funny-heart-wrenching-film…we’re going to have a winner.

Just a reminder that we have a CREW CALL tomorrow at noon. Let me know if you’d like to participate and I’ll give you the particulars.

From The Life of Riley | posted by carrie on August 14, 2009

Crew Call!

THE LIFE OF RILEY needs you! We are having a crew call on Saturday from 12 to 5pm. We will be working on getting our main location polished up for filming in the coming weeks.

No experience necessary. We will be mostly focusing on cleaning, painting prep and minor fix-ups. Bring rubber gloves (if you want them). We will provide some snacks & drinks. Feel free to bring your own food, drinks, etc as well.

For your help in this matter, we will be giving you a PRODUCTION ASSISTANT credit.

Email me (Carrie) at for complete details & location info!!


From The Life of Riley | posted by carrie on August 13, 2009


The beauty of the North Shore never ceases to amaze me. I mean seriously. I am lucky to live so close to this? It’s a gift. One that I don’t get to appreciate as often as I should.

Today Jason & I journeyed up to a few of our intended locations for RILEY. It was a beautiful day and I must say – not a bad way to work.  We stopped at Palisade Head – which is just ridiculous. The Lake is so powerful…so infinite…so vast. Unbelievable. The rocks, the water, the wind….It’s just perfect.  We also are hoping to shoot at Silver Bay’s Safe Harbor which affords more incredible rocks, immediate access to crystal Lake Superior waters, orange lichen and big ol’ Taconite Harbor monstrosities (structures) across the way. We visited the mouth of the Split Rock River which showed us an ever changing beach, a new bike trail (the Gitchee Gamee Trail – check it out), 2 bald eagles, signature Superior rocks & more of that incredibly fresh clean water; and also Gooseberry Falls. Gooseberry was crawling with visitors today – everyone enjoying the 80+ degree weather (finally) and endless sunshine. The water was warm (!) and the views are of course stunning. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for all of our chosen locations because really – they are unparalleled.

From The Life of Riley | posted by carrie on August 12, 2009


We just got news from the Minnesota Film & Television Board that THE LIFE OF RILEY has been certified for Snowbate! Snowbate is the 15% tax rebate program that Minnesota offers for productions happening within the state. The money we spend in Minnesota is eligible for these rebates (with all the proper paperwork, of course). It’s not a HUGE incentive, but it is a big incentive to US. This will make a big difference in our budget/marketing plan for after the film is complete! Every little bit helps!!

From The Life of Riley | posted by carrie on August 11, 2009

Production Blog

The time has come, as pre-production is drawing to a close, to start documenting THE LIFE OF RILEY’s process! So I’m going to try my hardest to update this site as a production blog as we go through the rest of pre-pro and into production and beyond!

From The Life of Riley | posted by carrie on August 9, 2009

New artwork, new project

Well, we have new artwork up on our website. Finally! I’m very excited to be moving forward on our next feature length film The Life of  Riley. We are getting our cast & crew together, scouting locations, talking ideas, angles & shots. Thinking about music and costumes. It’s a very exciting time.

And it’s my directoral debut…other than the short film I directed last fall (Jimmy Black’s Cadillac  coming soon to a festival near you!) so that makes it doubly exciting for me.

We’ve got a great script, a stellar cast and an amazing crew. So stick around for updates on our process.

From The Life of Riley | posted by carrie on May 13, 2009

Audition Notice! (updated)

We’re casting for a few roles in our new romantic comedy THE LIFE OF RILEY. Production is scheduled for August/September/October 2009 with a few days of winter pickups after the snow flies.

What we’re looking for:

Maggie – Vivacious & full of life. Mid-twenties. Attractive, spunky. She’s a real firecracker but has a deep & emotional side to her as well. She loves to live life to the fullest & bring those around her along for the ride. She has been through a lot but strives to keep her chin up.

Tyler – Young & hip. Mid-twenties. Smart-aleck who thinks he’s invincible . Elliot’s hipper, trendier boyfriend.

If you are interested, please send your headshot & resume to . Auditions will be held Saturday, February 28, 2009 in Minneapolis. If you have any questions, please let us know!

From The Life of Riley | posted by carrie on February 20, 2009

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