About The Film
The Lilith Trailer
The Lilith Teaser
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The stylistic difference in trailers represent two different takes – the trailer by assistant editor Will Olsen, and the teaser by director Melanie Killingsworth. Will used 16:9 for the full, epic sweep, and to add his own ‘modern’ twist on a classic style. Melanie kept the teaser in the same dimensions as the film; the original decision to crop to 4:3 was to mimic the classic style of 35mm films while subverting their conventions.
I love noir films; their style, cinematography, language, almost everything about them. In addition to classic films like Double Indemnity and The Big Sleep, I devour hardboiled fiction by Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, Patricia Highsmith, etc. But I’ll be the first to admit, the genre has a history of problematic dealings with minorities. As a whole, it leans heavily towards the sexist, racist, and homophobic.
Two years ago, a good friend came up with a story. We wrote a parody which poked fun at noir’s anti-women themes, proving their absurdity through humor and gender role reversal. She and I thought it would be fun to shoot The Maltese Turkey over Thanksgiving, when we’d have spare time and several willing friends at our disposal. Then, scheduling conflicts and general tryptophan-induced lethargy convinced us to wait a few months.
In a few months, we decided to put it off still longer. I started to re-write it in the image of modern noirs such as Brick and LA Confidential. We ended up with a serious 27-page sript which uses noir style and tone to tell a modern detective story. Along the way, it examines how gender roles have changed since hardboiled paperbacks were at the height of their popularity.
Now with a bigger, more intimidating project on our hands, we decided to dream big. I called a cinematographer and DP and pitched the idea. When both agreed to be part of the film, I knew we had something good. Over the next several months, every project I worked on, I kept my eye out for talent. I picked up a light guy, then a production assistant. I found actors and actresses. And they’re all great.
We shot May 10, 2012, and are currently in post-production up to our eyeballs. This site will have behind-the-scenes photos, production blog, trailers, screening announcements, and more to come. If you have any questions, you can comment on this post or e-mail me at melanie [at] b-windmedia.com. I’m more than happy to talk about this dream come to life.