Monthly Archives: September 2013

Day 19 – That’s A Wrap

That’s a wrap on filming of LOVE COVERS ALL.  Today is bittersweet.  What an amazing team I had beside me making this movie.  I’ll be sorry to see everyone leave.  We’ve had 7 of our crew staying in our home besides me, my wife Denise, and our little boy Calvin.  Denise is due to have a baby in just 2 weeks so after our house clears out and we work hard to get it back in order, we’ll be welcoming a new baby girl.  Stressful and a little crazy after shooting a film, but we’re thankful for God’s blessing on our family.  Pray for the film, and please pray for my family as we head into this new season with a film to complete in post-production.

This production has shown me what a good team can accomplish with dedication and experience.  I have a lot more confidence as a filmmaker as a result and (as always) learned 1000 lessons that can only help improve any film I do in the future.  God has really blessed us here and poured out his grace on us.  There were so many things that could’ve gone wrong.  After getting rain all summer in Georgia, we could’ve been rained out constantly but it was dry as a bone the entire time we shot our exteriors (which was well over half the movie).  Our acting in this film is wonderful, the cinematography is great, we have good sound, we have a good story, and so much more.  I can’t wait to start seeing the full edit come together.  Lord willing this film will impact people all over the country and beyond.  What a privilege it is to make movies.  Ever since I was a kid this is what I dreamed of doing, and today I find myself wrapping my second feature film.  What a joy!

I remember trying to raise money for this film and wondering if it would ever happen and that was only a few months ago.  Things looked really bad for a while there.  I was wondering if God even wanted me to make this movie and whether or not I had been chasing a rabbit on my own accord without the Lord’s leading.  My faith had been shaky, but God has used that valley and this movies production to strengthen and build me up.  Every movie so far has been an opportunity to work through personal issues.  It’s amazing how God works.

The next few days will be sad as everyone gets back to their “normal” lives including me and my family.  We have a baby to prepare for any week or day now.  God’s blessing is everywhere lately.  2013 has been an amazing year, and it’s not over yet!

- Kyle Prohaska, Praise Pictures

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
- Ephesians 3:20-21

Day 18 – Almost There

Today we filmed at our home again in our driveway with a large green-screen for interior car shots.  We were plagued with all sorts of issues that made the night less then perfect.  Homecoming was apparently this week which meant the school nearby was having their huge (and loud) celebration including marching band, football, etc.  That made audio a nightmare for half the night or so.  The largest scene of the night took forever to finish but we got through it.  Eventually the world quieted down and we got through the rest of what we needed without issues but the first half of the night had everybody pulling their hair out a little.  Just one of those things!

We have one shooting day left.  Looking back, we’ve had some amazing days where we poured through pages and got really high quality stuff without interruptions, so nights like tonight have been super rare.  It could’ve been far worse having shot the majority of our shooting days outside at night.  God spared us 10,000 troubles he didn’t have to, especially rain.  Tomorrow is the last day…and it’ll be bittersweet.

Thanks for praying for us!

Day 17 – Done At The Hospital

Day 17 had us back at our hospital location.  A special thanks is in order to Chestnut Mountain Church in Flowery Branch, GA for letting us use their building.  It was perfect and added production value to the project.  Thanks for being so accommodating and kind!  Today we wrapped Rhoda Griffis who plays Judy in the film.  She was such a joy to have on set each day.  Even late at night when everybody is getting exhausted she’s happy and joking around.  Keeping things light is important on those long days.  She’s also a very talented actress and brought great talent to the table every single day.  Thank you Rhoda!

Tomorrow we shoot our last scenes that take place at our house.  It’ll be a lot of dialog but I look forward to getting it done.  The last shooting day is saturday and will have us back at the hotel we shot at previously.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!  We’re almost done!

Day 16 – Delivery Room

We shot the delivery room scenes today for the film.  It was very intense.  Everyone had to get their energy level up to film such intense scenes over and over again.  God was gracious and we got some wonderful footage that should work really well in the film!  Today was also the picture wrap on Jen Mercurio who plays Sarah.  I was sad to see her go…she’s done a great job.  Shannen Fields was also on-set the last 2 days and is now wrapped.  It was fun working with Shannen although the last minute nature of things had her flopping to a night schedule on short notice.  That wasn’t fun for her so she was exhausted but she stuck it out and had a great attitude.  Thanks Shannen!  Lori Pugh, whom a friend recommended play the nurse did a great job as well.  After filming so many days with just Jared Young and Rusty Whitener at the gas station location, it’s been almost odd doing lots of scenes with other people in it.  Rhoda Griffis was a joy to have on set as usual.  She’s always making jokes and keeping things light, which helps on days where we’re all getting tired really quickly.

I did a quick assembly edit of the action scenes we shot yesterday and everything came together beautifully.  We filmed a ton last night while running and gunning so I’m relieved that every piece we got worked properly.  When the entire film is put together, these hospital scenes in context should build to some powerful moments.

We only have a few days of filming left…we’re one step closer to wrap!

Day 15 – Hospital Madness

Today was an insane day to start Week 4 with.  We were filming at a local church doubling as a hospital and had a ton of action shots to do.  Everyone was basically running all night from 7pm to 6am plus pack up.  We had all our actors moving the hospital bed down the hallway quickly while we grabbed different angles as best we could.  We got about 39 shots in 11 hours or so which is nuts.  It got a little confusing at times and frustrating but everyone seemed to have a great night overall.  Once everyone gets past a certain point of being tired, they get a little goofier.  We all did that tonight.  We also had Lori Pugh on set for the first time and also Shannen Fields, who you might recognize from Facing The Giants.

I gotta say, I have a pretty incredible team.  I don’t know how we get through some of these shooting days to be honest.  God helps us through it I guess.  Tomorrow we have some very intense scenes in the delivery room to accomplish.  It was a challenge to find a place to double for a hospital (thanks for praying) and equipment to fill different rooms with ($$$), but we’ve come out on top so far.  The scenes tomorrow will be tough and we’re all pretty exhausted so more prayer is appreciated.  Today was physically exhausting, tomorrow is likely to be more emotionally exhausting, especially for my cast.

We only have a few shooting days left!  Almost there!

Day 14 – Bedroom Part 2

Today was a short day.  We filmed more scenes between Jen and Rhoda which (just like yesterday) turned out very well.  These two work well together!  There was a humorous scene we did today that I hope people enjoy.  I know we were all snickering around the monitor while we filmed it, which is always a good sign.  Filming in our home is now completed thank goodness!  Next week we head to our hospital location to film that portion of the film.  It’s been a big set dressing challenge for my production designer Johnny Reighard.  He still has a lot of work to do but we’re thankful we’ve found a location that will work.  Thanks to all praying about that location, we’ve got it.  Next week is our last week of filming, which is bittersweet.  Lord willing Week 4 goes off without a hitch and we’ll have an impactful film on our hands.  Time will tell!

Day 13 – Bedroom

Today was a wonderful day of shooting so thank you to all involved for making it great.  Today was Day #1 with Rhoda Griffis who plays Judy (mother of main character Michael) in the film.  We shot in my bedroom here at my home.  Having a movie crew yet again invade our home is an interesting experience.  It’s been our production office for the last month or more.  Her and Jen Mercurio (playing Sarah) had some difficult scenes to get through and everything went off without a hitch.  It was one of the smoother days on set, with me having little notes while shooting and us blowing through 7+ pages of dialog without much difficulty.  It was great!  Everyone was on their “A” game today.  Thanks to all our cast and crew for working hard and getting us through our day in a timely manner.  Tomorrow marks our 14th day of shooting.  This month has been a wonderful month so far.  For those that don’t know, we’ve had 7 people staying at our home.  My wife Denise is 9 months pregnant and our little boy Calvin is almost 2 years old.  Having so many in the house has been challenging at times but rewarding.  I think I’ll miss everyone when they go, but I’ll be happy to get our lives on a more normal path, even though our daughter Evelyn will arrive soon after shooting wraps.  Call us crazy, but this has been worth it so far.  As a filmmaker I’ve always wanted to find a crew I could enjoy time with and work with again and again.  Don’t call me on it just yet but I’m pretty sure I’ve found those folks.  Sentimental of me perhaps, but things have gone very well at this point.  Everyone has been great to work with and I look forward to the next one, even though this one for me is far from over.  Every movie takes a step of faith and this one is no different.  We came into this movie without assurance we could raise the needed funds and even after beginning shooting, things have been tight budget wise.  Aside from that I have a home to provide for, and nothing in the budget to throw my way.  How will we get through October?  That’s up to the Lord.  For now my job is to make the best movie I can make and try to prepare my heart/mind for a new daughter.  Making movies is one of the ways the Lord has provided for me to provide. :)  What a wonderful privilege.  Hopefully all the work in the last year pays off and God blesses this movie has he did the last.  I can’t wait to get it finished and see what He does with it!

Please continue to pray for us.  We aren’t out of the woods yet!

Day 12 – The Heat

Today was a pretty hot day overall.  We started off shooting one of the last scenes of the film which turned out well.  We then headed over to the Prohaska home (my house) to shoot again for the rest of the day.  The shots turned out beautiful overall :)  Today was also Day 1 for Jen Mercurio playing the lead role of Sarah.  Her and Jared had a pretty heavy first scene to complete today and it was a challenge but we got through it in the end.  Having our house invaded with so many folks is a challenge.  My son Calvin likes to run into set with lights and c-stands everywhere so wrangling him is fun lol.  We also have my 9mo pregnant wife and another pregnant wife of my UPM working in the kitchen all day so all the crew can eat!  It’s pretty nutty and Day 13 won’t be any different.  Once this is over it’ll be nice to have our quiet home back. :)  By quiet I mean filled with noise of our toddler and our soon to arrive daughter in a number of weeks.  Are we crazy?  Probably…but aren’t all filmmakers?  Oh, I was pleased to see yesterday that our film got its listing on IMDB, and my wife Denise now has her first credit!

We have a number of days left and lots of work to do yet!  What else is new? :)

Day 11 – Hotel #1

We were back at the local Hotel in Flowery Branch to shoot some scenes today.  Due to a location issue we had to actually reschedule half our days content.  We did shoot the beginning scenes of the day however where my buddy Rodrick Goins came in to play a role.  It was difficult since we were right in the main lobby of the hotel and it was an active business.  Interruptions and other things were common.  We did get through the scene eventually and moved it upstairs to a hallway to finish Rodrick’s other scene.  I had a cameo today as the Hotel Clerk.  I shaved my beard that I’ve had for a few years to do it.  I walked in the Hotel and everybody gasped, lol.  I look like a kid without the beard, so that was funny to see everyone’s reaction.

We had a pretty full day scheduled for Day 12 so since we couldn’t do the rest of the originally planned Hotel stuff, we shot 2 shots from Day 13 here at our house.  They involved the dolly and crane and took a bit to set up so I’m glad we got them out of the way so Day 12 doesn’t turn into too long a day.  Overall a successful day despite the issues!

Please continue to pray for the film…we’re not done yet!

Day 10 – Jason Burkey on set!

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Today we had the great pleasure of having Jason Burkey on our set playing the role of John.  He did a great job and our day was very full.  We started off at the local Hampton Inn in Flowery Branch who has been very generous to let us shoot there.  The wind was kicking up a lot and the start of the day has us all on edge a bit but we got a flow going and knocked out the scene by the mid-day point.  Next we moved everyone to my home again to use our rooms to double for John’s bedroom.  Next was interior car stuff with Jason driving.  Everything overall was very good today but I’m tired!  There’s a lot of preparations going on around here since we left the gas station location at night.  It’s almost like we got spoiled going to the same place every night.  We got comfortable.  Now that we’re changing locations a lot we’re being forced to catch up on things we didn’t have enough time to get finished in pre-production including some of our blocking (setting up shot lists), wardrobe, finding some last locations, etc.  We might have our hospital location which is nice, but I don’t know 100% yet.  We still have a few roles to cast as well for next week so I need to get that finished.  This movie has been a race the entire time!  Thankfully shooting during the day has made things far easier on my mind/body and I think everyone else would agree.

Thanks Jason for doing a great job!  You were a pleasure to have around.  Please continue to pray for us.  It’s Week #3 and we’re not done yet.  There is much to be done yet :)