For those who may be interested in how I make films - and in particular how I made Fields of Fear - I'll be running a short series of inside peeks at the "making of" the film over the next week, leading up to the premiere on Space: The Imagination Station next Friday, the 15th, at 10 pm EST.
I'm often asked the question - how much does the final film resemble the film as I envisioned it when you pitched it to a network, or when I was in the field shooting it? While the answer varies from project to project, it's safe to say that the finished version always looks somewhat different than the way I thought it would in the beginning. Fields of Fear was no exception.
Above you can see notes I made, while in St. Paul just over a year ago, halfway through the Alberta portion of the filming for Fields of Fear. They outline how I envisioned the first 10 minutes or so of the film at that time. If you read them, and then watch the film next Friday, I think you'll see that some of things I was thinking of doing back in 2005 remained more or less the same, but that the overall structure changed significantly, and things were added that I hadn't thought of back then.
I liken the process of making a film to the theory of evolution - all sorts of ideas are there at the beginning of the journey, but only the strongest survive until the end.