Auditioning the Principals, Scene 19

AL: We were confident in our casting David as Jonathan and Ted Jordan as Phillip. From the get-go they were team players. They helped us test three actors for the second round of auditions for the role of Lucien. That was the first time we got to see them with Alexander McCormick. Lauren Yates as Elizabeth, and Portia as Jillian also participated in vetting the actors using other key scenes in the movie.

[Video of some auditions coming soon.]

Looking for Gaffer

AL: On June 19, 2009, I sent this e-mail to members of the electric and lighting department:

"Guys, just a clarification on who Elijah Coen is-- he's an alias for the Gaffer since we don't have one. Alex Shirley recommended that we use an alias so the public doesn't make fun of us for not finding a full-time Gaffer."

That was during the initial phase of production. A good gaffer (chief lighting technician; leader of the electric and lighting department) is hard to find, especially when you're on the cheap.

JC: At the beginning of our production, our actor Sandi [Leicht] recommended her husband Mike [Leicht] to join the crew. He initially was hesitant to take on the role of gaffer, but after we sent that e-mail, he decided to take it on.

AL: He deserves full credit for his work. Having broad experience and a multitude of interests, Mike surprised us along the way. He's an artist. He plays the piano. He stepped up as gaffer, backed by younger, talented crew members Nate [Myers], Thomas [Dolan-Gavitt] and Alex [Shirley]. For post-production, Mike put his finesse on many video effects and title animations.

Continuity, Scene 43

What time did Mr. Archer leave the house?

About five o'clock.

AL: Dad remembered that Jillian told Lucien that Wilmot was expecting him at 11. He stayed for 30 minutes at most. So, there's a blatant continuity error in the movie.

Titus and Jillian, Scene 51

AL: My good buddy from St. Louis, Andrew Covey, played Titus. His improvement to his last line in this scene -- about the serpent -- is one of my favorites.

Elizabeth Opens the Box, Scene 60

AL: I wrote a lot of scenes showing Elizabeth's depressed state of mind. We didn't film her coming home from work, exasperated, pouring herself some whiskey, and then feeling compelled to meander through Lucien's desk, finding a key. In the closet, she locates the same wooden box that Lucien had opened in a previous scene. In the movie, we used an old box that I had since I was a kid. I used that to keep my personal effects, too. But in the script, the box was much larger, with a clever, false compartment that Elizabeth discovers. The original intended set piece would have been interesting, but we didn't have the budget for it.

Elizabeth Follows Lucien through the Underground, Scene 60

AL: In the first draft, Elizabeth's temporary name was Eurydice. The last time Lucien sees her, the doors close between them and the train carries her away. This image was inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Itfs an old story where man loses woman. She died of a snakebite. Orpheus refused to accept this, so he went to Hades' underworld, played some heavy lute, and charmed Persephone. Hades agreed to let Eurydice follow Orpheus back to the world of the living, but on one condition ? that Orpheus not look back at her. He wavered at the last moment, glanced back, and then lost her forever.

*[Note: Plato said in his Symposium that Orpheus was a coward for defying the gods and not dying for love. So, the gods tricked him with an apparition of Eurydice. Believing he failed, Orpheus in his grief condemned himself to die by the hands of the furies.]

Yeah, Scene 73

AL: Eating the slices of mango. Yeah, all of a sudden this is turning into a James Spader flick. Yeah.

God Forgive Me, Scene 86

AL: In the movie, Jonathan said, "God forgive me ... if I'm wrong." In the script, he said it before Lucien turned to leave, including him in that brief conversation with his personal higher power.

A Modern Proverb, unattributed

AL: Here's a challenge for you.

"In war, the first casualty is truth."

When did he say it? Where is the evidence?

Barry Popik outlines this issue and the historical usage of the quote.

"The First Casualty of War is Truth" is indeed a modern proverb. But who was the first to say it?

There are lots of articles that attribute the quote to Aeschylus, but none identify the work where those words were used. The Guardian posed the question to their readers. Some other quotes (not exactly scholarly) about Aeschylus.