Well the new year is upon us. 2013 was a big year for LOVE COVERS ALL. I saw the script work itself into better shape in Q1-2, then in Q3 the funding was found and the movie was shot and in Q4 I concentrated primarily on editing. The film is now in a very good position. The edit is in very good shape! Feedback has been wonderful and I’m very confident that the film will be well liked upon release. So what’s next?
Getting the edit locked soon and into my composers hands is important so we can start talking about spotting (the process of figuring out where the film needs music), then he can get to work on his side of the process while I put the film in the hands of my sound-mixer to begin his process. A final sound mix can’t be completed without the final music, but a lot of the clean up work and other things can be done in the meantime. On my end comes the color-correction and visual effects which I’ve started already. There isn’t a ton of effects in the film, but enough to keep me busy for a while. By mid-April I would like to have the completed film in hand if I can…ambitious but necessary to start the distribution process. The biggest job on my plate is the trailer which needs to be fantastic. I could use some prayers of support for that end of the process, as well as the others I mentioned. A new and distribution/marketing ready website is also required, along with the marketing material like the DVD Cover, Web Banners, etc.
Marketing for the film needs to get in gear as soon as I can get my plan in order. If I release in the fall I have about 8 months to build up enough buzz for a success. Compared to the long process of Standing Firm’s completion, this one is like a bullet-train, so I need to have a very good plan in mind. I have a long list of things to gather together and organize, and I currently have no investment to pay for marketing which will be a challenge. Filmmaking is always a fly by the seat of your pants adventure.
My goals for this next film are vast and ambitious, but I’m confident in the product, much more then I was last time. It’s a better film, without question. I just have to get my ducks in a row, and on time. If anybody out there wants to pray for the films success, please pray for solid distribution opportunities, post-production and marketing investment, successful marketing efforts, etc. I’m sure that lots of people will be impacted by this movie, but I need to get it out there first! Who knows how this next movie could snowball. If the last movie has shown me anything, it’s that anything is possible, and with a better film on my hands this time…I’m hoping to burst through whatever ceiling I may have found the last time around.
If I could offer some encouragement to any filmmakers out there. Go make your movies! Get off your butt, toss the fear aside, or even embrace the anxiety if you have to, and spend yourself on a story worth telling. It’s worth it. It’s worth the insanity and heartache. The tools are there, and the counsel and information is available in amounts never before seen. The excuses are gone. The only person holding you back from making your movies is you. If you can’t find X dollars or can’t make X story yet, then make another. Make whatever you can make. Make something smaller that uses the resources you DO have, and make it a viable and profitable product, then move up onto the more ambitious project. Everyone has to start somewhere. If you’ve yet to get started, make 2014 your launching pad. What have you got to lose?
Happy New Year! LETS DO THIS!
- Kyle Prohaska, Director