ALL THE OTHERS WERE PRACTICE

One Year On

One year ago today, we were settling into our comfy seats at the Embarcadero Cinema in San Francisco for the first public screening of “All the Others Were Practice”.

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In the past year, we had a Valentine’s screening in Indianapolis, and every month viewers from all over the world are watching the film on demand through iTunes, Google Play and YouTube, Vimeo On Demand, and Amazon On Demand and DVD.

“All the Others Were Practice” is now available on Amazon Prime, so if you’re a Prime member you can watch this truly independent comedy as part of your subscription.

Thank you for your support over the past year, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this little film.

We ❄ Indianapolis

On Valentine’s Day at The Irving Theater in Indianapolis, we had a great screening of “All the Others Were Practice”, but as Tony would say, “Brr.”

Thank You everyone who braved the snow and ice to join us. What a great crowd!

We kept warm with Beer from Black Acre, Delicious Cupcakes from Simply Divine, and popcorn from our amazing volunteer Laken from IYG. The snow kept T-baby away, and we missed the warmth of their Caribbean.

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I was so busy during the show that I didn’t remember to take any photos, but I got a few of the space after we’d finished setting up. Thank you Dale and everyone at the Irving Theater for all of your help to put on a great evening.

If you missed the show, remember that “All the Others Were Practice” is available On Demand.

And, thank you Red Nose Studio for letting us show your great short film “Creosote” before the screening.

We ♡ Indianapolis

Get ready Indianapolis!

“All the Others Were Practice” will be screening at The Irving Theater on Sunday, February 14 at 6 PM.
That’s Valentine’s Day!

We’ve got a great evening lined up for you.
From 4-6 PM meet your friends and neighbors – and the film makers – for a Bite to Eat and a Beer inside the Irving Theater.

• Food Truck – T Baby’s Caribbean
• Cupcakes and Treats – Simply Divine
• Coffee, Tea, and Gluten-Free – 10 Johnson Ave.

At 6 PM, it’s time for “All the Others Were Practice” – the sweet, truly independent romantic comedy of how, with the help of his friends and colleagues, Jôrge navigates setups, hookups, and the guy who works upstairs to find his Mr. Right. The screening will be preceded by Red Nose Studio’s short animated film “Creosote”.

Film Tickets are $8, available at the door and Online at:
https://www.alltheotherswerepractice.com/screenings/indianapolis-021416-6pm/

We’ll see you there!

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From April to June in 2013 our rag-tag group of filmmakers and actors traversed the cities of San Francisco and Guerneville, California to film “All the Others Were Practice”. We stole quick scenes on the streets and in shops, and spent entire days taking over apartments.

Here is a peek Behind the Scenes of “All the Others Were Practice”.

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Twenty-One days of filming, spread over eight weeks. We strived to keep the actor’s filming days to 8 hours, and most days we did. We filmed all of the pages we intended to on every day, except for one. It was crazy and hectic and impossible, but no one worked more than an eleven hour day, and we were often home in time for dinner. Of course right after dinner we had to schedule and storyboard the next day.

“All the Others Were Practice” is a very small film. There were no equipment trucks, practically no crew, and absolutely no rules. With a lot of planning, dedication and love, this is how we made this film.

 

Day 1 of 21 - A page from the day’s filming boards. Day 1 of 21 - We  start at Producer/Director Brian Tolle’s apartment.  The known location and a single actor make day one a nice ease in to the production. Day 1 of 21 - Arthur (the cat) investigates as Charlie Ballard relaxes between takes. Day 2 of 21 - A page from the day’s filming boards. Day 2 of 21 - Kathleen Antonia and Chantelle Tibbs prepare for filming at the Haight Apartment location. Day 5 of 21 - Charlie Ballard busts a move as we wait for the bus. Day 5 of 21 - Charlie Ballard waits to steal a shot on a muni bus. (These bus shots didn’t make the final cut of the film.) Day 5 of 21 - Charlie Ballard at Pink Triangle Park in San Francisco. Day 5 of 21 - Charlie Ballard and Brian Tolle in Golden Gate Park on an unusual hot May day. Day 5 of 21 - Ben Johnson and Charlie Ballard wait for Peninsula Beauty to close up for the day before we film. Day 6 of 21 - A page from the day’s filming boards. Day 6 of 21 - Liam Vincent and Bennie Bell prepare as we film in our office location. Day 6 of 21 - Charlie Ballard and Brian Tolle prepare for the day of filming. Day 6 of 21 - Terry runs into  Jôrge in the copy room (Charlie Ballard and Liam Vincent). Day 6 of 21 - Brian Tolle and Travis Valentine during filming. Day 6 of 21 -  Tim Ehhalt operates the elevator door light, Brian Tolle operates the camera. Day 6 of 21 - Charlie Ballard and Liam Vincent as Jôrge and Terry. Day 7 of 21 - A page from the day’s filming boards. Day 7 of 21 - George and Jôrge (Lawrence Radecker and Charlie Ballard) at the St. Francis Fountain. Day 7 of 21 - A quick lunch at the George house location, before filming. Day 7 of 21 - The view from the location of George’s home is breathtaking. Day 10 of 21 - Even though we never had a baby Pearl on set, the crew felt Pam needed an  eye line to play to. Day 10 of 21 - The Lookout allowed us to film all of the bar scenes while the bar was still open. Day 10 of 21 - Joe Castiglione, Kimberly Maclean, and Charlie Ballard between takes at the Lookout in San Francisco, CA. Day 10 of 21 - Brian Tolle while filming at The Lookout. Day 14 of 21 - Every day Director Brian Tolle brought all of the camera, light, and sound equipment to set, in his Smart car. Day 15 of 21 - Charlie Ballard and Monterey Morrissey rehearse, as Travis Valentine and Brian Tolle prepare to film on the corner of Van Ness and Grove St. in San Francisco, CA. Day 15 of 21 - Filming in front of Davies Symphony Hall. With our tiny production footprint, we were able to film on public streets without causing any disruption. The rooster that Pam (Kathleen Antonia) paints  at Terra Mia has very pretty lipstick. The Rooster and Jôrge’s plate. Day 17 of 21 - A page from the day’s filming boards. Day 17 of 21 - Ow. Leigh Wolf (Becky) would need to go to the hospital if that wasn’t make-up. Day 17 of 21 - Becky and Gus (Leigh Wolf and John Lennon Harrison) prepare to celebrate with "The Georges". Day 18 of 21 - In Guerneville, CA Leigh Wolf (Becky) hangs out in the shade, to make sure the sunburn stays a make-up effect. Kerry Bitner helps to paint the flats that will become the office set. Joe McGovern and Brian Tolle paint flats for the office cubicle set, the only set built for the film. Day 20 of 21 - The back of one of the office wall flats. The office cubicle was the only set that was built for the film. Day 20 of 21 - The office set in the Boxcar theater in San Francisco. Three movable walls and a fake hall. Day 20 of 21 - Costume change for Kimberly MacLean (as Tina), with Gloria Suarez. Day 20 of 21 - With this wall missing, we must be getting ready to film some Jôrge angles. Day 20 of 21 - Watch the cables! All of our lavaliere microphones were wired. The office cafeteria proved to be the trickiest location to lock down. Two days before filming all of the cafeteria scenes, this was as much of a walkthrough as I could get for the location. Day 21 of 21 - A page from the day’s filming boards. Day 21 of 21 - The last day of filming was so full, it was originally scheduled as TWO full days. Day 21 of 21 - Molly Goode and Susan Monson are dishing more attitude than food as the Serving Ladies. Day 21 of 21 - Susan is just kidding around, this was one of the few days that we were lucky enough to have Kenneth Medina on set with us, acting as the entire camera department by himself. Day 21 of 21 - Kimberly MacLean, as Tina, didn’t get her broccoli. Day 21 of 21 - Charlie Ballard, Steven Wiig, and Kimberly MacLean listen for direction while filming the last setup on the last day of filming.
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The office cafeteria proved to be the trickiest location to lock down. Two days before filming all of the cafeteria scenes, this was as much of a walkthrough as I could get for the location.

First Public Screening

On Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 PM, we invited our friends – and for the first time the general public – to a screening of “All the Others Were Practice”.

The poster was up for the month before the show. Tickets on sale at the kiosk. Charlie Ballard and Leigh Wolf. Leigh Wolf, Charlie Ballard, and Cameron Stiehl. The crowd finds their seats at the Embarcadero Cinema on 10/8/15. Molly Goode waits for the movie to start. The cast gathers after the show. Charlie Ballard and Brian Tolle.
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The crowd finds their seats at the Embarcadero Cinema on 10/8/15.

It was a great crowd! Thank you, everyone who was able to attend. It was a beautiful theater and really set a different tone from any previous screening.

If you missed the screening, and would like to see the film, it is available On Demand. Search for “All the Others Were Practice” on your favorite platform, starting at .99¢ USD.

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