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While progress on my film hasn't ground to a halt, sometimes I've grown frustrated with just how slow the process is. I've continued my efforts since my last post on finding a location, while in the intervening time trying to fit in some much needed creative work on the script and with my cast.

My ideal location, the historic Woodbury-Story house in Altadena, seems like a distant fantasy now. I would love to shoot there. But after several offers and counter offers, I've never got to the magic number that will work with my budget.

My other efforts have centered on the vacant houses in the Pasadena and South Pasadena area or word-of-mouth recommendations. After a bit of door knocking and Googling, I discovered that California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) had bought up hundreds of properties in anticipation of a highway project that never saw the light of day.

I emailed Caltrans and they put me in touch with a film production coordinator named Lynn. She gave me access to a couple of properties in the area, including a cottage about five minutes from my house. While its not ideal, I'm wondering if I could retool my script to make it work. Caltrans seems open to letting me use it at a price that's affordable.

In the meantime, I've put some more time into the creative side of the project. I'm almost done annotating the script with my shots. This week, I had a one-on-one meetings with all my confirmed cast members and we had our first cast meeting in South Pasadena on Tuesday evening to read through and discuss the script. 

I feel lucky to have assembled such a talented cast of young actors. Lyndsey Lantz, Tayla Holborow, Sarah Dulany Dryden and Brian Combs are confirmed for my ensemble.  The only role I have to fill is the male lead. 

I've already learned a lot during the pre-production process. I knew from the outset that this was going to be hard and expensive. But I don't think I realized exactly how hard and expensive. I tend to get obsessed whenever I dig into a new project and it occupies my every waking thought. Still, I have to remember that it is not brain surgery, it should be enjoyable and I have to be patient.