The “Shadowdance” saga was always meant to be a multi-medium story. It actually started as a screenplay, which floated to a comic book series, which landed squarely in novel territory due to lack of funds and lack of drawing skill.
Around 2010, I tried to go back to the movie idea with a script entitled “Wake the Darkness.”
The movie never went anywhere past meeting a unit production manager and getting a $1.5 million quote on special effects. But it did find life in a song written by a friend of mine, Robert “Big Bob” Colwell. He enlisted another mutual friend, Mike Blaty, to engineer the piece.
Tom Deblois, Michael Blaty and Bob Colwell
With the help of several other musician friends (including another mutual friend, Tom Deblois on crunch guitar), Bob and Mike finished up the original version of the song last year. I recorded behind the scenes material on video for posterity.
A year and a half later, I finally got that material edited into eight main segments (eleven with teaser, credits and upcoming blooper reel) documentary that chronicles the making of the song, “Wake the Darkness.”
We held the viewing party for the series last Wednesday. Thankfully, the players thought the behind the scenes series did justice to the creation of the song. The series also serves as an interesting look into the creative mind — not just for musicians, but also for anyone looking to produce an original piece of art.
You can view the teaser for the series, entitled “Creating Darkness,” below. There’s some necessary touch up work in store for the series, but I hope to have it posted to YouTube in time for Halloween.
Watch this space — and the “Shadowdance” saga YouTube page — for more information.