“We rolled into preproduction at the beginning of March, attached to our first actor. We were so, so excited and then COVID-19 came along and really threw a wrench in our momentum,” Young said.
For young, it meant going back to her script again and rewriting some scenes. But producer Brinton Bryan says it also meant a better film in the long-run.
“And just kind of adding an extra layer of eeriness and kind of curiosity to it that may have otherwise felt a little bit more grounded if we were able to shoot out in cities with a bunch of extras and things like that,” Bryan said.
For both, shooting in Austin was the first choice.
“I was born in Lubbock and I grew up in Granbury, Texas,” Bryan said. “But I went to high school and a little bit of college here in Austin. And I founded my company, Greenbelt Films, as an homage to kind of where I credit my creative birth in the film industry being here in Austin.”
“The first job I ever had as an actor was in Austin when I was in high school, so, you know, coming back and shooting ‘The Blazing World’ here was very full circle for me,” Young said.