20.them, the cast would be unable to bring theircharacters fully to life.The filming process for this production hasbeen drastically different than anything else theThespians have done, probably because they’venever filmed something before.While talking about the filming process, StateHigh sophomore Madeleine Christopher spokeon how it all started.“I was actually the first person to film all mystuff, so that was on Saturday the 14th (ofNovember) … I mean, it felt weird because I wasthe only person there but it was fun to do iteven if it was just for Jill and the techies,” shesaid.Despite not having the glamour of a liveaudience she’s otherwise used to, Christopherwas content in knowing she was still putting ona show.Similarly, Frank Liu, senior editor of theentire production, commented on his role infilmmaking.“I’m editing monologues along with severalother editors, as well as helping Jill Campbellsupervise production,” Liu said.Liu is in control of various different aspects ofthe process, from directing what actors are to doto explaining what emotions they are to portray.Adding on to his observations of the process,Liu noted, “[It] has been highly collaborative…and has conscripted a lot of students thatwouldn’t necessarily work on a theaterproduction, including me. So that would be likeeditors, musicians, sound designers, and so on.”The editing of Women of Spoon River has been alarge bulk of the production as a whole. In theface of the large workload, editors have foundthemselves working together as they delegate anddivide the workload to finish the project.
21 | WINTER 2020“We’re starting to get more organized becauseall of the editors have assignments and a largeportion of the footage, score, and sound effectshave been compiled. Long email chains aboutediting procedures and ensuring consistencyacross different editors have been sent. At thispoint, we’re in the thick of post-production,”Liu said.Seeing as Thespians has only ever done inperson productions, it’s only expected for theireditors this year to learn as they go. Liu addedon to this with the perspective of lead editor.“Starting out, as on any project, there’s beena lot of trial and error...but my role is kind ofdigging stones out of the path will allow us totraverse it more smoothly on this production,”Liu said.State High Thespians have met the everchanging,swift pace of this year withgreat resilience. By turning obstacles intoopportunities, they’ve begun a project thatotherwise may not have been consideredfeasible. Women of Spoon River, as a film,has given the cast and crew a chance to trysomething new--and if it’s anything like therest of their work, it will be nothing short ofspectacular.Starting Jan. 15 until the 17, you can watchtheir hard work come to life alongside the restof State High by streaming Women of SpoonRiver on ShowTix for $5. If these dates don’twork--you’re in luck! In being a fully virtualproduction, the film will be available for thesame price on-demand from Jan. 16-24 onShowTix.