Goodbye Tomorrow

Sam, a lonely guy and kind-hearted to a fault, helps a stranger in this story about two individuals who find comfort in each other one dark night.

Creative team

Writer/director: Dadrea Heron
Producer: Michelle Nash

Filmmaker’s statement

Dadrea Heron says:

Goodbye Tomorrow started as a conversation between Steve Gazo and I when we connected over social media. Like most conversations on social networks, they start out with reintroducing one another.

I’m still awkward about telling anyone my ambition to be a full-time writer/director. People are almost always are impressed (when they really shouldn’t be) and this is followed up with ‘let me be in your next movie.’ I usually say yeah or sure but never really take the comment to heart. I started to think, why not let them be in my next film? Then I started to think about the kind of films I want to make.

My father was a great storyteller with the ability to hold your attention. Whether it was about himself or someone he knew, his stories always had a moral at their centre. A lesson or warning worth remembering and to me, that’s what great stories ought to be.

Goodbye Tomorrow is a nonlinear narrative film based on one of my favorite folktales called The Boy and the Rattlesnake. This story has numerous variations but I believe the meaning is the same. It’s a cautionary tale about not trusting so easily.

During pre-production I lost one of my main actors, a location and almost didn’t get my permit to shoot on Brooklyn Bridge until the day before shooting. We had a midnight start time, 13-hour shooting schedule and a really tired crew by the time we had to shoot a very pivotal scene.

Post production took six months, my sound on Brooklyn Bridge was crappy which had to be fixed in ADR and finally my hard drive got distorted which had the final edited version and raw footage of my film. If it wasn’t for video-sharing website and SilverSound, I wouldn’t have a film right now.

My roommate Sheniqua Reed Echols thankfully replaced my leading lady 72 hours before the start of shoot, my brother let me use his apartment and Steve Gazo took a 16-hour bus ride from Ottawa to New York to be in this film.

I would like to thank the cast and crew for helping me make Goodbye Tomorrow possible.”

About Dadrea Heron

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Dadrea  Heron attended Toronto Film School at the age of 18 and moved to New York when she was 21 to pursue her film career more seriously. She also attended Brooklyn College for Business, Management and Finance as well as minored in film production.

Dadrea interned for companies including Trigger Street Independent in New York, Canamedia in international TV sales and distribution department and Sullivan Entertainment, home of Anne of Green Gables and Road To Avonlea. She also worked on productions such as Smoking Gun TV, Flannel Pajamas and Able Danger.

She is an award-winning writer. Her accomplishments are Best Fantasy – Short Screenplay at the GIAA Film Festival in 2010, first place at the Yosemite Film Festival in 2011, The Golden Blasters’ Script Competition nominee in 2011, first runner up for Fantastic Planet/A Night of Horror – award winners in 2012, and second place for Colorado Film Awards 2012 screenplay competition.

Dadrea celebrated the completion of Goodbye Tomorrow by opening up her own production company called Royal Heron Films. The first project slated for production in 2014 is a series of creation mythology short films called The Last Fairy Tale Chronicles.

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