The deadCENTER Film Festival is June 6-10 in Oklahoma City. In this Question and Answer session, I speak with Diane Glancy, the director and writer for the feature film, The Dome of Heaven.
How would you describe The Dome of Heaven?
The western Oklahoma sky (and the heavy sun that travels there. I think it was 110 the summer of 2009 when I first started looking for sites.)
Why should one see it?
It’s a good film. It tells a story about a girl who wanted to go to college despite obsticles. It’s a situation I often saw when I was in the schools.
What was the most challenging aspect you had in the production?
Budget, budget, and budget. I had a limited among of money and time. There were a lot of scenes I wish I could have included, but could not. We did what we could in two weeks.
What was the best part about filming in Oklahoma?
Being back in western Oklahoma on the land– the Great Salt Plains, the Glass Mountains, the red soil. I’ve always liked Vici. I was there in the 1980’s working as Artist in Residence for the State Arts Council. The people were wonderful. When I needed a car show, Travis Dennett got on the phone. He’s actually senior vice-president of the Vici back, but he turned out to be a great producer. Whatever I needed, he could provide.
How did you grow as director and as a writer while working on this film?
It was the first time I directed. It wasn’t the first time I had written– though it was my first film script. I didn’t know what I was doing, actually, but Through a Glass, the production company, did.
What scenes were fun for everyone to film?
I liked Cedar Shack. It had threatened rain all that week, and finally on Friday afternoon, it let go. We had water running across the floor of the Cedar Shack among all the electrical wires.
Anything else you wish to add?
I think film making is an overwhelming experience I would like to try again.
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