World Premiere Tickets, and A Look Back

Our World Premiere is coming up in 6 (COUNT EM, SIX) days. Next week we will have all of our out of town actors flying into Milwaukee to share this special day with us.

In honor of this truly exciting and momentous occasion for the film, I thought I would share an older post I made while in the throes of filmmaking exuberance in the middle of our shoot. Going back over my notes and my blog posts during production, it really reminds me of what a special experience this was. 

Here's an excerpt of my thoughts while in the middle of shooting Dear Coward in July of 2015:

It’s been a good shoot. Once we all got our bearings and communication became easier, things have definitely come together not only quickly, but smoothly, and of course, peppered with stupid jokes that we all can’t help but repeat and laugh at multiple times. Over-tiredness may be a contributing factor to our loopy gaiety, but I’ll take it. It’s hilarious. EVERYTHING’S HILARIOUS.

I can’t say enough good things about this crew. They work their asses off every day, they still want to spend time with one another after we wrap. I love it.

Our cast blows me away. I can’t think of a single scene where one of the takes didn’t make me turn to Marty and make a “my goddamn heart is broken now” face. These actors will rip your heart out. In the best way.

Marty just came down in a pink shirt and red shorts. I told him he looks like Valentine’s Day. He said it’s because he’s in looooooove.
Everyone’s in love.
Does that sound dumb? WHO CARES IT’S TRUE. We’re all goddamn smitten with this project and I couldn’t be happier or mushier about it.

This movie’s going to be good. I can feel it in every scene we shoot. Every line that makes me jump around with joy behind the camera at how good it is (surprisingly this hasn’t swayed my actors too much).

I can’t wait to share this movie with everyone when it’s done.

It's truly been such an amazing ride. Even the nights when I locked myself in the editing suite while the sounds of Milwaukee's Summerfest raged outside, there was something magical I was working with onscreen. Something truly mystic about seeing a story completely born from my imagination coming to life. It's every filmmaker's catnip that draws them to the art. Literally making their dreams come true. 

I've picked some on set photos from the summer containing some of my favorite memories from the shoot below. Peruse and enjoy, my friends! 


This was one of my favorite night shoots we did for the entire film. A very nice quarry owner named Mike Lepke allowed us to shoot unsupervised in his quarry this night, and it was an incredible experience. 

This was one of my favorite night shoots we did for the entire film. A very nice quarry owner named Mike Lepke allowed us to shoot unsupervised in his quarry this night, and it was an incredible experience. 

In addition to shooting in an awesome location, our cast also got to have a foodfight, with macaroni and cheese supplied by my amazing Aunt Angie who did craft services, and my own mother. They drove out to the quarry and delivered it in a crockpot.

In addition to shooting in an awesome location, our cast also got to have a foodfight, with macaroni and cheese supplied by my amazing Aunt Angie who did craft services, and my own mother. They drove out to the quarry and delivered it in a crockpot.

While I was running around at times like a chicken with its head cut off, producer Martin would always always update the daily whiteboard, which laid out the day's schedule, the scenes we were shooting, and when wrap time would be. We like this better than a callsheet because everyone is on set anyway and we all get to peruse the schedule together over breakfast.

While I was running around at times like a chicken with its head cut off, producer Martin would always always update the daily whiteboard, which laid out the day's schedule, the scenes we were shooting, and when wrap time would be. We like this better than a callsheet because everyone is on set anyway and we all get to peruse the schedule together over breakfast.

During our long and arduous indoor shoots in a sweltering house (AC was bad for sound), Marty keeps morale up by doing his impressions. This one is of a robot who doesn't know what love is. It's as magical as it sounds. 

During our long and arduous indoor shoots in a sweltering house (AC was bad for sound), Marty keeps morale up by doing his impressions. This one is of a robot who doesn't know what love is. It's as magical as it sounds. 

Mallory in the couch going over her lines, while Art Director Aby and I discuss a scene. The shirt I'm wearing is from our Production Manager Makenzie Boettcher. It reads "Speak the Truth: Dear Coward on the Moon is going to kick ass." Best gift.

Mallory in the couch going over her lines, while Art Director Aby and I discuss a scene. The shirt I'm wearing is from our Production Manager Makenzie Boettcher. It reads "Speak the Truth: Dear Coward on the Moon is going to kick ass." Best gift.

Everyone walking behind Logan and Ryan our camera and sound guys as we shoot the last outdoor shot with Ashley. It was a special occasion and they all wanted to be a part of the final exterior shot. So when you see the final outdoor shot in the film, know that there are this many people behind the camera trying to be quiet. 

Everyone walking behind Logan and Ryan our camera and sound guys as we shoot the last outdoor shot with Ashley. It was a special occasion and they all wanted to be a part of the final exterior shot. So when you see the final outdoor shot in the film, know that there are this many people behind the camera trying to be quiet. 

For our last night shoot, DIT Chris James Thompson bought us all dilly bars. THERE WERE SO MANY NIGHT SHOOTS FOR THIS FILM. 

For our last night shoot, DIT Chris James Thompson bought us all dilly bars. THERE WERE SO MANY NIGHT SHOOTS FOR THIS FILM. 

I have many more photos from the production, but I just wanted to share some of my favorite moments. I cannot cannot CANNOT wait to finally share this film with the world. If you can make it out to see the film, please try to come October 1st at 6pm. Pretty much our entire cast and crew will be in attendance. It will truly be a great night.