Friday, December 10, 2010

Visit Our Official Website

Our brand spanking new website does not seem to be very google friendly at the moment. But our production blog is. Here is our official site:

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Slamdance 2011

Hey all,

Today is the day we get to confirm that Beneath Contempt is premiering in the feature narrative competition at the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival!

Check out this article in today's Variety!

A big kudos to this Benjamin Bower fellow who managed to swoop in and take credit for the film right before press time. What a big shot!

We'll keep you posted, but make sure to visit us at


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Countdown to Finish

Catching up on the production’s progress.

It’s been a while since our last post at the end of November, when our last sentence said simply: “Let the editing begin.” Well, it began, it progressed, and it has culminated in an almost-complete rough cut of Beneath Contempt. Without going into detail, it looks and sounds fantastic, the performances are uniformly superior, and it has turned out EXACTLY as we were hoping. 

We recently shot a couple of additional scenes that needed to look more like March than August-September. That digitized footage is now winging its way back from the West Coast processing wizards at Cinelicious. There’s plenty of time to edit it all in to the final cut, right? Also in the works: an amazing music soundtrack. Also there’s the sound mix to do. Plenty of time. And the credits are half done. And we have to render everything to DVD. Plenty of…well you get the idea.

We will be ready, somehow. 

Monday, November 23, 2009

Editing Begins

Wow. How to describe the feeling? A simple UPS delivery arrives from LA containing our 1 Terabyte hard drive, the same drive that we had sent to Cinelicious two weeks ago. We open the box, plug in the drive, and there it is: seven beautiful hours of digitized Beneath Contempt film footage-- a sterling HD transfer-- safely in our hands and looking...fantastic!

First things first...cut together a quick trailer to give everyone a taste of the look of our film. Second things second...log and synchronize all the audio files...bleh. Now here we are, three days before Thanksgiving and six days after giving thanks to the gods of film processing and ground shipping.

Let the editing begin.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Post Production Begins!

Since the end of principal photography, we've transitioned to the most nerve-wracking phase of the whole project: processing our 40 rolls of super 16mm film and transferring the images to digital format. At the start of this phase we have to part with our 17,000 feet of exposed film--and send it traveling 3,000 miles to our processing house in Los Angeles, FotoKem.

After a nervous week of waiting, the package made it OK.
FotoKem did the processing without any problem.
The next step: move the film negative across town to LA-based post production house Cinelicious, who handles the transfer to HD (Apple ProRes 422 1920X1080). We saw bits of the footage online via their "Colorcast" video service as it was corrected for color and exposure. Everything we saw looked terrific.
Once the digital transfer is done we will have a back-up copy of all footage and we can finally put the single-point-of-failure phase behind us.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Last Day of Principle Photography: The Farm

That's a wrap!
Abby and Mike join hardy crew stalwarts Erin, Shant, Kaz,
Ben and Greg for day 21 of a shoot that lasted from August
to October.

Getting some mouse sound

A distinguished actor joins the shoot as "Farm Boss"

Who's been looking through an eyepiece for three months?

After a long shoot, the "thousand mile stare"

Rock stars

Abby spends a quiet moment before filming her scene...

...when suddenly this farm feline jumps up with her
just as the camera rolls, creating a wonderful spontaneous
shot. Great serendipity on the last day!

Last discussion about shot selection

8 hours of 16mm are in the can...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Support Group

Melanie attends her regular support group meeting the church

Melanie makes coffee

Directing the discussion




Film fun

Sliiiightly boring

Who doesn't belong and why?

How do you stand it?

As your mother, I naturally thought I'd have a
MUCH bigger part...