By Matthew Wade September 11th, 2013
In late 2011 my team and I decided to set October 2012 as a firm date in which to shoot a majority of “How The Sky Will Melt” in my hometown of Boise, ID. I had no script at the time. No production money. Only several stacks of notebooks for this idea I wanted to shoot and a devoted team. By mid-August of 2012 I had a version of the script I was happy with....I sent it out to everyone. My DP, Yong Jin Kim, and I met many times to discuss how to pull it off. A few of my close friends pitched in to create an initial pot of money from which we were able to buy our first batch of film stock. We shot several rolls of film, somehow gathered additional funds (many of which were donations to our film’s Paypal account), ordered and shot more film, and then repeated the process many times over. The maximum amount of crew we had at any time was 7 people. Usually it was about 4. We shot all of October and part of November 2012, spring break week of 2013, and then wrapped by shooting our last scenes in southern California in August 2013. All in all about 40 days.
Set in the colorful 1980's, “How The Sky Will Melt” follows Gwen, a young musician with a growing paranoia disorder, who finds herself returning to her small hometown of Boise, ID after a traumatic event.