One Year Down the Road
June 24, 2013
Terry Linehan – reflections on DKY after 1 year.
Wow, has it been one year since we began shooting DKY? To me, it’s a film that took 55 years to make. My love of film began when the lights were lowered in the theater and I saw my first film at age 5. In the room I shared with my older brother Dave, we pretended to watch movies as the headlights from passing cars danced across the walls, and we made up stories to accompany the lights.
To think that I would ever write, produce, and direct a feature film was beyond my comprehension as I grew up in a small, midwestern town on the edge of the great prairie in Wisconsin. Feature filmmaking was the venue of Hollywood and the stars I saw on screen every weekend at our local Falls Theater for 25 cents. Yes, that cheap, and ten cent popcorn too. Prices were low because the proprietor also owned several moneymaking theaters in nearby Minneapolis and St. Paul and wanted to give back by offering low, low prices in the town where he lived. (Thanks, Stanley!)
To have the opportunity to get Don’t Know Yet into production was one of the happiest, and longest coming, moments of my life. To create the story and to find the enthusiastic and competent crew from among the students and alumni of the University of North Carolina Wilmington was equally inspiring and fulfilling.
When James Kyson (Heroes) signed on as our lead, I knew we had something special. Then Lisa Goldstein Kirsch (One Tree Hill) signed as Autumn, just a few weeks before production, and I felt that somehow karma had taken over and all those dreams spawned in the darkness of the Falls Theater were somehow taking new life.
My favorite memories of shooting Don’t Know Yet one year ago center around relationships more than scenes, outtakes, or funny anecdotes from filming. I like to remember James good humor working with child actors in the crazy-fantasy scene in Marilyn’s apartment. He became a different person and relaxed into a silly scene where his romantic, wounded persona was stretched to reveal his comic, playful side. He embraced the child actors with a love and respect that made them bond to him like an uncle.
When Lisa Goldstein Kirsch arrived on set, she immediately became the darling of our crew. Always the first person to arrive each morning, she was the consummate professional. I was awed how well she was prepared for each scene – memorizing pages of dialogue and the nuances of each beat. She knew the script better than me. Despite rain, heat, bugs, and discomfort, Lisa brought a big smile everyday.
Working with our wonderful supporting cast and such an amazing variety of talented people in every department, was truly a joy for me. No one person can create the tapestry of a film without the blood, sweat, and tears of a bunch of supporters.
In the end, we’re making the film to make another one. No matter how people judge this one, we soldier on, we conjure new ideas, prepare new scripts and hope, in some small way, that the thing we create is worthy of viewing. But more than that, we aspire to the idea that the film can somehow reveal to you – through a small window – how to live a life. Onward and upward. Grow your soul. Everything is on the way to somewhere else. Love is a road trip with no destination. Carry On.