UPDATE: The Disappearing Act and NIGHTWALK

Lots going on at Kissing Habit Films! I figured it was high time to do a big update on both The Disappearing Act and nightwalk. 

First off, thanks to everyone who voted, nightwalk was awarded STORYHIVE funding!

Since the announcement on October 6, my team and I have been neck-deep in pre-production. So much so that I completely forgot to write an update sooner! There are so many moving parts to film pre-production that it's easy to lose track of time. Over the last few weeks, this is what my AD Corinne Simpson and I have been up to:

  • Refining the screenplay with the help of the incredible STORYHIVE mentors
  • Scouting and confirming shooting locations
  • Scouting and hiring the cast and crew
  • Budgeting
  • Prop and costume planning
  • Designing prosthetics
  • Makeup design and testing
  • Insurance applications
  • Contracts and releases
  • Building a production schedule
  • And much, much more...

I'm very excited to say that we have almost all of our shooting locations confirmed, as well as our entire cast and crew. I'll introduce you to the cast in a separate blog post. For now, just know that we are working hard and getting super excited to head into principal photography on December 2!

One of our fantastically eerie locations. ^^

Now, I know what you're thinking: What the heck happened to The Disappearing Act?

I haven't forgotten about it! We had an incredibly successful shoot at the end of August, and the film - on pause during the STORYHIVE pitch and production process - will be entering post-production in December.

That means that I will be editing my heart out in a few weeks to bring the story together, before working with our amazing composer and sound mixer, Tony Bao, to finish things off. We're still on track to have the film ready to submit to festivals in early 2017, and I am also looking into a special private screening for the cast, crew, and everyone who supported The Disappearing Act's production. 

Which leads me to my next discussion point: the bottle drive!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated bottles towards the production of The Disappearing Act. Over the course of approx. two months, we were able to raise a total of $954.35, which helped us cover the rental of our hospital location, as well as some other production expenses (equipment rental, craft services, etc.). I am so incredibly grateful to each and every one of you who believed in my short film enough to throw us your empties - and in some cases, make a straight up cash donation. 

Our list of wonderful humans, in no particular order:

  • Chris Henderson
  • Catrin Owen
  • Richard and Carol Selfridge
  • What The Truck / Suzanne Dennis
  • Craig Brososky / WEPhysio
  • Tyson Lenz
  • Virginia Potkins
  • Janice Hoover
  • Lorraine Mire
  • Sylvia & Darren Cheverie / Chartier
  • Dave Cournoyer
  • Tacey Deering
  • Giselle Parker
  • Cynthia Stobbe
  • Eldon Kymson
  • Jason Konoza
  • Brad Thomson
  • Jorden Rolheiser
  • Karen Unland
  • Corinne Simpson
  • Gillian Was
  • Robert Simpson
  • Nancy Kelly
  • Samantha Power
  • Sam Hjalmarson
  • Debbie & Ian Was
  • Erin Lebourveau
  • Helena Beça
  • Lora Brovold & Collin Doyle

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. We could not have done it without you! 

That's all for now. In the next post: meet the cast of nightwalk

Talk soon, 


nightwalk poster and location photos by Andrea Beça; poster design by Patricia Begley-Nelson.

All photos from the production of The Disappearing Act by Lauren Dary of L Photography.

Andrea Beça