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A Busy Month

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This month has been pretty crazy trying to finish LOVE COVERS ALL.  I’m preparing to leave for Nashville this weekend for the final Sound-Mix.  That means my music composer Jurgen Beck is going to be working day and night this week to complete the final music for the film.  Along with the cleaned up sound and dialog, Jurgen’s wonderful music will be mixed in and balanced so you all can enjoy the film, hear things clearly, and feel the emotion in the right doses!

I’m starting to feel the weight of release coming down on me.  So much hangs in the balance and must be juggled every day to keep moving forward.  Who’s handling what?  What are the schedules?  Can I make my delivery date?  How are the foreign deals going?  Can I afford everything ahead of me?  How’s my family doing?  How’s my job going?  How am I doing?  When do I sleep?  You get the picture!  Many have teams to handle this sort of thing.  I have me, a supportive wife, and an online community of friends and family who are rooting for me.

Some sites are listing the movie for Pre-Order.  The best place right now is ChristianBook.com so if you’re interested, go for it! The trailer for the movie was also released last friday which seemed to get a good response from people.  The real challenge ahead is the marketing and trying to keep my head on straight with so many other things to do.  I know they say never bet the farm but it sure feels like I am on this one.  I’m selling camera gear and anything I have lying around to have as much marketing money as possible.  Go big or go home I guess!

On a road like this you have many days where you wonder “Why do I even do this!?” or “What is the point?”  These last months before a release is where the stress, anxiety, and darkness really closes in on you if you’re not careful.  Of course, God helps lift you out of that rut, but this is a tough road to hoe, and most days you feel like a boxer against the ropes.  If I look to myself for strength, I will fail miserably.  Please, pray for me.  Pray for me, my wife, and my kids.  This job can take its toll on a household!

For those of you reading, I appreciate your support.  When you hold the DVD of LOVE COVERS ALL in your hand on October 7…Praise God…and thank Him…I know I will.  Any film that gets completed let alone released is a miracle.  To put it plainly, I need you, this film needs you, I think you’re going to enjoy it, and Lord Willing when it’s over, you’ll find yourself edified, inspired, and ready to face the day with Christ on your mind and love in your heart.

Hands to the plow,
Kyle Prohaska, Praise Pictures

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Post-Production Update

Rusty Whitener as BOB in "Love Covers All"

Rusty Whitener as BOB in “Love Covers All”

Things have been really busy here at the “office” since I last updated you.  By office of course I mean the basement of my home where Praise Pictures operates from. :)  For those of you who don’t know, I’m a 25 year old father of 2 now living in North GA with my beautiful wife.  We came down here from NY State a few years ago.  Praise Pictures isn’t some massive corporation with a ton of employees.  I run everything here from home, and my wife helps handle the filing of paperwork.  Most filmmakers trying to make God honoring content work like this out of their home.  We support our families with what we do, and we work very hard!  It’s important to me that those who support my company understand who they’re supporting.  If you order a copy of LOVE COVERS ALL when it debuts on DVD in the fall, you’re helping support a company but also helping support me and I’m very grateful for that.  That begs the question, how is the film doing?

Things are going very well!  The score and sound-mix is underway which is exciting.  The music so far sounds wonderful and should add a lot to the final product.  I’ve just recently hired a company in Franklin, TN to mix the sound and they’ve been a joy to work with.  The trailer for the film is nearly completed with a sound-mix scheduled locally on friday.  I can’t wait to show you what this film is all about!  I’m still determining the ideal time to debut the trailer so stay tuned for that!

Distribution has been the greatest struggle on the film and the area where I could use the most prayer.  Not because things are going so badly but because they’re going so well!  I have an opportunity to get this film in front of far more people than the previous movie STANDING FIRM.  This is exciting, but it also means there’s a lot of work to do.  Possible distribution through avenues like Redbox and Walmart currently hang in the balance.  This would be HUGE for a film like mine.  However, along with that distribution comes a heavy financial responsibility.  The investment alone to put enough copies on Walmart shelves is daunting.  A great return requires a great risk.  No matter what distribution avenue you support the film from, I’m counting on all our supporters out there to do their part!  Faith-based film is still in its infancy, and many are taking huge risk to try and push this industry forward.  We need people to vote with their dollars.  What sort of content do you want to see more of?  The more these movies sell, the more distributors will be on the lookout to distribute them.  We need to prove demand and we all have a part to play!  For those of you who love shopping at Christian Bookstores, never fear, the film will be available there as well. :)

A yes or no from Walmart currently holds our release date in limbo.  It was previously August 19th but now looks to be sometime in September.  If they say yes, then the rest of our release will coordinate around their chosen release date, if they say no then we have a different plan.  Being patient while I wait to find out if the film will be accepted isn’t easy, so please pray for me.  The times of stress during this part of the process can be tremendous.  Having faith is important.  The reward can be great, and the lives impacted by these films are worth it, but it all comes at a cost.  There are a number of people who also graciously invested in this film and in my future, who’s money I’ve tried to steward well through the entire process.  One of my greatest concerns as a Producer is that their generosity and faith be rewarded with a return on their investment.  Every business decision is critical!  There are days I wish I was apart of a big team helping keep all these moving parts running smoothly, but right now that’s not where God has me.  As just a guy in a basement, the weight is heavy to finish well!  Pray for this film!  In many ways, all of you out there ARE my big team.  These films can’t exist with your help!

Thank you for supporting Praise Pictures and my filmmaking efforts.  God has really blessed the movie thus far, but the journey isn’t over.  Hands to the plow…

Kyle Prohaska
Director / Producer, Praise Pictures

Running Towards A Finish Line

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Release time is coming faster then I’de like to believe some days!  The current plan is to release the film at the end of August with a delivery date for the master copy in mid-July.  That date is getting closer and closer!  The pressure is on!  We shot some crucial and very helpful pick ups last week with actors Jared Young and Jennifer Mercurio.  After getting feedback from over 60 people who have seen the film, we shot the new footage to right some wrongs.  No shame in that!  The film is better for it. :)  I hope to lock another reel of the film (if not two) before this week is over.  Composer Jurgen Beck has also begun work on the score.  It’ll be great to see what he comes up with as time this time around.  Jurgen scored my last film STANDING FIRM and did a fantastic job.

Something I started working on but haven’t had time to complete is the trailer for the film.  I can’t wait to get that done so I can really start up the marketing process!  I think you’re all really going to love seeing some of the footage we have.  In the meantime I’ve been working on the new website, and writing up press documents.  Wearing lots of hats doesn’t make things easy. :)  I’m writing this blog post at 3am currently.  Most of the work I do on the film is from about 11pm to 3am with my normal job taking up time from the time I get up until then.  It’s an exhausting schedule but having a job and being a filmmaker doesn’t give me much choice!  At some point there will be a massive press list to work through to line up interviews, reviews, and everything in-between.  I have a lot of heavy thinking (and scheduling) to do to make all this work!  For you independent filmmakers out there, you know why this is difficult and for those interested in making your own feature film one day, get ready, because the road is exhausting and long but well worth it!  I’m really looking forward to seeing what viewers have to say about this film.  I also need to finalize the DVD Cover ASAP which has been a challenge.  It’s hard to satisfy everybody with the cover and ultimately it comes down to attracting the buyer, not necessarily meeting the typical standards of what a DVD Cover or Poster should do!  I’m getting to the part of the process where I need to take the “artist” hat off and put on the “business” hat.  Looking at all my promotional material including trailers, press items, website, and everything else involved in an objective way is necessary for success.  I can’t be too close to the film that I blow it on the marketing end!  There’s nobody here but me to restrain myself, lol.

I’m happy to announce that the film will be mixed at The Erwin Brothers HQ in Birmingham, AL.  The Erwin Brothers are the fantastic team behind the hit film OCTOBER BABY and the upcoming comedy MOMS’ NIGHT OUT.  If you haven’t made plans to see MOMS’ NIGHT OUT on May 9th, you need to!  It’s a very good film that everyone can enjoy.  I know that sounds cliche, but having seen the film many times I give it my full endorsement.  It’s very funny!  I’m excited to have their sound man Stephen Preston mixing the movie at the end of June.  I know the film is going to sound its absolute best with his hands (and ears) on the job.

The jury is still out on whether or not the film will be on Wal-Mart shelves or in Redbox kiosks.  Getting into Redbox especially would be a huge blessing on the film so for those of you praying for its release and success, please pray Redbox comes through and accepts the film!  Given the films larger cost than the last movie, getting into some of these distribution avenues will greatly aid paying back the film.  Making investors happy is at the top of my priority list!  I do want to make another movie after all. ;)

Thanks everybody for your support!  If you haven’t yet, please sign up on our email list so you can get all the best information concerning the film as soon as its available, including pre-order information.  Feel free to look around the newly designed website as well.  I’ll be adding more to that as time goes on.

Blessings,

Kyle Prohaska, Director

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Films are unpredictable.  There are 10,000 moving parts.  This movie was very difficult in the writing stage, a breeze in the production stage, and so far very smooth in the post-production stage, but the clock is ticking.  Eventually, there’s gotta be a movie to deliver!  Here are some things I need prayer about as a release date this fall approaches quickly.

Locking The Cut: Due to some shots I don’t have yet, the edit isn’t locked.  It’s really close, but I have to start locking reels ASAP for my composer to begin work.  These shots are difficult to get when I work alone.  Pray I can schedule all that I need this month and get them done!  With so many other things going on (and my camera being rented out now and then) it’s hard to coordinate this, find help, and get this done.

Graphic Design: I need to get my DVD cover completed in the next month for distribution reasons.  Without even having a locked cut the deliverables for distributions are already falling down on me.  A cover for a film like this is insanely important and everyone has different opinions.  You can be sure I’ll lose sleep over this so prayers for peace on a design and whether or not to design it myself is appreciated.

Trailer: A movie trailer is the single most important thing for a film like mine from a marketing standpoint.  Other than a cover/poster it’s the first impression.  If it doesn’t stir the right emotions, if it doesn’t pitch the film well, if it’s poorly structured, if it’s mixed poorly, if it looks cheesy, etc. then it damages a film.  Creating the proper trailer for the target audience is a difficult challenge.  Finding music is a difficult challenge (the right music).  Besides writing the script and picking a DVD cover this honestly is one of my greater woes in the process.  I agonize over this!  Please pray the trailer turns out well.  I don’t want my judgement clouded.  The trailer needs to be great.  Thanks!

Marketing: I’ve been doing as much thinking as I can regarding the marketing for the film.  It’s a lot to think through as one guy.  Before I dive too deep into strategy I’ve been trying to nail down the common theme to champion in my campaign.  I know what my film is about, but figuring out the right way to package it for the buyer is a difficult task.  Making sure it’s clear, making sure the DVD Cover gels with it and the trailer, etc. is a challenge.  The movie needs to move into the marketplace and the marketing space with one voice.  I need to nail this!

Those are the greatest needs at the moment.  It’s a lot to handle, so prayers to keep my sanity is appreciated as well. ;)  I know things will work out in God’s time, but there are still active daily decisions to make that can impact the release in a big way.  Everything matters.  Thank you for your support!

- Kyle Prohaska, Director

Post-Production Update

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Hello everybody! :)

I’m very happy to see the progress being made on the film.  The edit is in fantastic shape.  Thank you everyone who put in the time to watch it and give your feedback!  I think we have something special here.

Looking back on the progress so far, I can’t help but think of the long process that was my first movie Standing Firm.  Written from 2007-2008.  Shot June 2008 all the way through to November 2009 and released in August 2010.  Successful release, then Cable/VOD, then Redbox, etc.  It was such a long process and I had a ton of people on the internet tracking with me as things moved along.  This movie feels like a bullet compared to the last one!  It wasn’t long ago we were still shooting the film!  To have things moving along this swiftly is scary sometimes but the way it should be.  I want to get this movie out to the masses to be enjoyed so I can sit back down and write the next one in the pipeline. :)

There are a number of things to accomplish in the next few months.  The release plan for the film is August on DVD.  The sound-mix and score are left on the list, and locking the entire film as well.  Due to some VFX required and some other things, I’ll be splitting the film into more reels than is typical and locking some of them first.  I won’t be locking the entire film all at once.  Not 100% ideal, but not unlike a lot of movies.

I’ve tried to put my marketing cap on these last 2 months to start nailing down my plan.  This film doesn’t have the slow build up that the last one did.  It’s going to require a much louder and more effective push to be successful.  I have a number of things up my sleeve for that, but it takes a lot of heavy thinking and coordination.  Having a team for things like this is wonderful, but unfortunately for the most part I just have me. ;)  Very thankful to have friends and family around to support me though!  One of the biggest things on my list is determining the proper marketing angle for the film.  The lowest common denominator from a message/theme standpoint that I can champion and push all the marketing materials through.  Coming up with well formulated answers for interview questions, well honed synopsis for the website and press materials, shooting EPK’s with some of my local cast, etc.  There’s a ton to figure out!  All of this is necessary though for a successful marketing effort.  The website is in rotten shape as far as I’m concerned, but I haven’t had the time to give it attention.  Soon though I hope to have it up to speed and ready for all the eyeballs I hope to have on it in the next number of months.  The trailer is an on-going process.  I’ll only be releasing one that’s perfectly built for the audience I’m going after.  It needs to hit all the right beats and communicate the right things.  The same goes for the DVD Cover I end up with.  Every little detail matters!

Prayers appreciated for a successful release and effective marketing plan!  I can’t wait for you all to see it!

- Kyle Prohaska, Director

Hopes for LOVE COVERS ALL in 2014

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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

Speed Of Completion

Bob played by Rusty Whitener

Bob played by Rusty Whitener

There are days that feel “off” making this film, like I’ve done something wrong.  I don’t mean morally wrong, it just feels like I’ve forgotten something sometimes, or there should be way more to do to get the film into the state that it’s in.  We barely snuck the budget for the film into the bank before we started spending it during pre-production and leading up to production.  Since pre-production started and some of the crew started arriving at our home (we housed 7 of them during the shooting period), it’s only been 5 months.  The last movie Standing Firm was filmed in 2008 in a very scattered and sporadic schedule, reshooting scenes, experimenting, and filming the last official scene in November 2009.  It was a long and laborious process but I was working with volunteers from my church body and filming in locations that weren’t necessarily film friendly.  By all accounts the last movie didn’t feel like a movie at all.  It felt like we were making a really long Youtube video that was going to be turned into the movie by myself on the post-production end.  The way we did it then isn’t how you should ever do it, but we got the project done.  Going into this next film I was determined to do things the proper way as best I could.  We’d have a paid cast and crew, they’d be paid a fair wage that they were satisfied with, we’d film a scheduled number of days properly planned out, we’d have official set food, etc.  After 19 days in September the movie was over and everyone went back home leaving our house empty after being packed with people for weeks and weeks.  We even filmed in our home so seeing scene edited together from our bedroom or living room is bizarre.  Due to the lower budget it was also easier to use certain props that we owned already.  The main character of Michael wore my wedding ring, drove my car, and used my phone as props.

During production I had been editing but mostly manually syncing the film.  There wasn’t much edited by the time filming was over, maybe 5%.  I had to dive into the editing process right away and thankfully by the end of this year the film is getting really close to a polished state.  There are some shots I still need to shoot like inserts of cell phones, and some exterior car stuff on the highways, but the film is in great shape.  Thank you to those who were praying about the editing process.  The runtime of the film is shorter then I anticipated, but I’ve come to accept that.  I’m sure any viewer would appreciate a shorter/better movie then a longer/worse one.  It’s nearly the length of the last film, but better all around in pace, structure, etc.  It’s just a better film, without a doubt.  Editing your own film that originated from your own script makes some people pessimistic and nervous, because not everyone can be confident enough to kill off things that they created, but I have no issue with that LOL.  If the film needs it, then it’s gotta be done.  Thankfully, I was ruthless with the scripting process.  It was a very tight script.  There wasn’t a single thing we shot that isn’t in the edit.  I know how that sounds, but truthfully, I did a lot of my editing with the words on the page, getting into the scene as late and possible and getting out as late as possible.  In fact, the tightness of my script was sometimes an issue in the editing room, having made some of my hard choices in the script, then on set, then having to live with them in the edit suite.  That’s a lesson learned, to give myself a tiny bit more breathing room just in case, but otherwise it’s worked out very well and resulted in a film that practically fell together in the edit.  The only thing causing editing difficulties (rarely) were days we filmed and some of the material was just “off,” or where we didn’t have as solid of a day as others.  Beyond that, it’s been a piece of cake!

I sent the film out to over 60 people to see what sort of response I would get.  There were a few common notes that I worked into the edit to fix some things but some of the negative comments were against elements already embedded into the story…no alternative takes or edit changes would change things much.  Beyond that the comments were very positive.  I was relieved seeing that people genuinely enjoyed it, caught the theme of the film, appreciated the performances in the movie (which I think are quite good all things considered), and thought it would do well in the marketplace.  But even with all of that, it’s hard not to look back and feel like you’ve been thrown into a time-warp.  5 months from money in the bank to a movie in my hands to watch is quite something!  As a filmmaker, it’s great to have worked hard on a script and made 10,000 decisions during production and only a few months later get to see a pretty close representation of what the film is and what went right/wrong.  It makes me want to get this thing out there so I can move onto the next and improve some more!  But, there’s still lots of work to be done.  I just realize that after the long process of finishing the first, this film feels like a whirlwind.  What I really can’t wait to get to is the locked edit I’m confident of where I won’t touch the film anymore, and I can really start getting going on the marketing side of things.  I need a great trailer for the film which believe it or not is more difficult then cutting a film.  I appreciate prayers regarding that issue.  A bad trailer will kill a film, even a good trailer could hurt.  I need something fantastic!  Nothing short of that will do.  I have a list a mile long of things to accomplish on the marketing end as well.  I’m just one guy, so I do what I can but I need the energy and stamina that I had last time to push this thing to the finish line and beyond.  I really do think we have something good here, and I’m a hard man to please and satisfy, especially with something I made. ;)  I’m just very thankful that all the goals I set out to accomplish with this film so far have been accomplished above my expectations.  That’s an encouraging thing to see.

I have another 3-4 months of post-production left, with my music, final sound, and color correction yet to be done.  There’s still plenty of work to do, but after how quickly the last few months went, I’m sure I’ll have a finished film in my hands before I know it!  Then it’s off to the races (ie: stores) to see if you all like what I’ve been slaving over! ;)

Thanks for reading!  If you’re a filmmaker out there, GO TELL YOUR STORIES!  If I can do it, you can do it.  Get out there!

- Kyle Prohaska

The 1st Cut Is Completed

It feels good to have a first cut to look at.  Now I can see what the film is and how it turned out.  It’s not fully polished and there are plenty of tweaks to be made, sound issues to deal with, not much music throughout, VFX to complete, etc. but I can now sit down and see the movie for what it is.  There are days I feel like I’m in a time warp.  My last movie shot on/off for a year and a half with volunteers.  Whenever schedules lined up is when we would film and I was cutting and recutting and rewriting as we went along.  I didn’t have an official first cut for a long time.  This time I wrote a tight script, put financing in the bank in August while we were prepping, shot 19 days in September, and now about 4 months later there’s a movie to see.  Pretty amazing!  It feels like something is wrong, like I forgot something LOL.  Overall I’m very happy with how the film has turned out.

Since wrap life has been difficult.  We had our daughter a month after wrap so adjusting to child #2 was its own unique challenge.  Along with that was the inability to pay myself on this film.  I just couldn’t raise enough.  Using credit for things and racking up some debt hasn’t been the ideal way to end out the year, but such is the life of an indie filmmaker.  There are ups and downs.  Overall, I’m very thankful that one of my most important goals on this movie was accomplished.  All my cast and crew got paid a decent wage, were well fed, and left having had a great experience.  The producer side of me wanted that more then anything, and in the end we have a better film because of it.  Everyone left smiling, shaking hands, and hugging.  Even if I couldn’t pay myself during production, all the money went to areas that matter, and into people who worked hard to help bring this story to life.

Making a film is always a personal struggle, an emotional process.  There were days while cutting I would flop between my editor and Facebook/Twitter 20 times.  Any time I saw a cut wasn’t working I would run away to do something else.  I would say my confidence level was shattered at the start of this process, but having pushed through it and forced myself to bust through those walls of fear…I’ve come out on the other end with a product I think I’ll be proud of in the end.  It was the same problem while writing.  The always annoying issue of facing the blank page and trying to fill it with something meaningful.  Act 3 for instance was something I was terribly nervous about while editing.  I was looking at it and thinking “Oh man, this is it.  It’s gonna fall apart in the end.  I did all this work for nothing!  People are gonna get all the way to the end here and it’s gonna crash and burn.  What did I do?!”  It was a total meltdown moment!  Not too long after I had something to show some friends.  I’ve had a handful of people who’ve watched the film in pieces and helped give me feedback.  Sometimes you just need another set of eyes to assure you it’s not as awful as you think it is, or to tell you it is so you can fix it. :)  I sent out Act 3 and got nothing but positivity.  People found it to be the most satisfying Act for them or the best which is what you want to hear.  Even with such a compressed schedule on this film I forgot how well some of these scenes turned out while we were shooting.  I remember being blown away on set with some of the material we were getting, but with life being such a whirlwind the last few months, you just forget.  Having someone else’s money on the line is also new to me.  My last film was financially successful, but it was my risk to take.  They tell you never put your own money into a film but I think I actually operate under that sort of pressure better.  I’m a weirdo I guess! ;)

Working through the footage you start to see what mistakes were made during production.  You see moments you wish you had another take of or shots you wish you didn’t cut due to time.  It’s all apart of the process.  There’s little use in beating myself up over those mistakes, as long as I recognize them and can make it right on the next one.  I can’t believe the film has fallen together so easily this year.  It’s been a wild ride.  I look forward to pushing the edit towards and lock and seeing what my composer can bring to the table next.  Thanks to everyone who’s been supporting me during this tough time personally and financially, as well as creatively.  There’s a lot of work yet to be done!

Till next time,

Kyle Prohaska

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For those who are curious, I’m cutting this particular film in Premiere Pro CS6.  I haven’t jumped to CC yet.  I had planned on cutting the film in FCPX, but didn’t have the time to figure out the proper workflow for our dual-system audio or a way to organize the footage in a way that made me happy.  Since I was syncing reels of footage when I got home on shooting days, I just needed to dive into that the way I understood it in Premiere and not worry about learning something new.  Premiere has been a piece of cake.  I think I’ve had one crash since I started the project.  I did a lot of preliminary editing and most of the syncing on my MacBook Air and then transitioned to my Mac Pro for the rest of the process.  I’m working off the USB3/FW800 drives we purchased for the film, and backing up regularly.

Also if you’re curious how I prefer to cut things of this length.  I like to edit each scene within its own sequence, naming it accordingly + a version number (1.0, 1.1, etc.) and then place all those together in a master sequence.  It makes it a lot easier in the early stages to duplicate a sequence and make an alternate cut to throw in the master then cutting the entire film inside one big sequence at first and having to duplicate that to make an alternate version of one scene.  I like getting the cut really close this way first and then consolidating later.