Shooting It’s Normal

Hey. Nicole, here. I just directed a narrative short for the first time since Mare. Sean and I co-wrote it, and he is editing it right this very moment. It’s a film about encroaching fascism that uses vampirism as a metaphor to explore how quickly the formerly unacceptable, perhaps even unthinkable, can become, well…normal.



Jeanette shooting our star, Latresa Baker

Jeanette Sears (Mare, Small Talk, Beneath the Black Moon aka my cinematic right hand) was our DP. The film stars Latresa Baker, who I recently worked with last summer on Sanctuary, and Meme/Rubber Ducky alumni Tara Cioletti and Rory Lipede. Chaz Cleveland, Phillip Andry, Bradley True, Karen Fleisch, and Lars Fuchs round out the cast as everyday people making their way through a vampire-infested NYC. These actors are all so talented, it was a joy working with everyone!

L -> R: Phillip Andry, Tara Cioletti, Jeanette Sears, Babette Siobhan, Sean Mannion


Everyone’s on their phones or falling asleep! Filmmaking! L-> R: part of Bradley True, Myles Austin, Eric Jenkins-Sahlin, Sean Mannion, Christina Raia, Janet Kim, Jeanette Sears, Tara Cioletti.


We don’t always drive our ADs to drink, but when we do Bradley True is there to capture it for future foley purposes…
Chaz, Latresa and Rory are ready for their close ups

Huge thanks to Christina Raia for associate producing and letting us shoot in her apartment for three days.

Christina’s cats Addie and Vic enjoy some catnip upon reclaiming their home from our production.


Undying gratitude to the rest of our amazing crew — Gaffer/Camera Op Myles Austin, AD Carolyn Maher, ACs Erin Clayton, Babette Siobhan and Eric Jenkins-Sahlin, Art Director Janet Kim, Sound Recordist Heidi Mueller, Gaffer Frank Huang, MUA Jessica Jacob, and triple threat Bradley True who jumped in as Sound Mixer and Fight Choreographer when he wasn’t in front of the camera.

Frank and Carolyn work out some blocking
Bloody art department…

Our goal is to complete postproduction in time to premiere It’s Normal to the public this fall around Halloween. I had such a blast working on this and am so happy with how it’s turning out. I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

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