The Journey Is Almost At An End...
Welcome back to the Creek! Sorry it’s been so long since we’ve posted anything here. Rest assured, we’ve been hard at work putting the finishing touches on Lost Creek, and we cannot wait to share this film with you.
The journey is almost finished! We can’t believe it. Those of you who have followed along with us since the beginning know: it’s been a strange, amazing journey. From way back several years ago when Colin had the tiniest spark of an idea, through the writing process, to fundraising and pre-production, to the crazy, exciting process of shooting the film…to now!
This post is mostly by way of updating everyone as to where we are right now in the process, and to thank everyone for hanging on. It’s been a long LONG time, believe us, we know more than anybody.
But we are nearly, nearly there. At this point, it’s all about putting things together. For the last several months, our work has been divided into several different camps, each working fairly separately.
First, we’ve had the talented Chris Testa working on post-production visual effects. His skill has added some awesome stuff to Lost Creek. Some of it has been some magic clean up: “oops! We didn’t notice the boom operator’s arm in frame there…don’t worry! Magically it’s gone!” But some of it has been very subtle, beautiful visual enhancement of the film. I don’t want to give anything away…but Chris has added some effects to the film that definitely kick it up a notch.
Then we’ve had Colin and Kevin, hard at work fine-tuning the film, making minor editing adjustments, and choosing a beautiful color palette to help tell the visual story of Lost Creek. It’s looking better and better!
Then we have the amazing Evan Chapman composing an original score for the movie. I can’t praise Evan’s work too highly on the film. We are very lucky to be able to work with him. Some of us who have been working post-production have seen this film quite a few times at this point. QUITE a few. And it’s sometimes been a struggle to hold onto the emotional impact certain scenes are supposed to have, when one has viewed these scenes over 25 times. But once Evan’s haunting, beautiful score was added, the whole film felt fresh and new again. We can report that it brought both Sound Designer Sam Nuttle and Director Colin to tears during a recent sound mixing session. The soundtrack is amazing. It perfectly captures the feel of the film.
Then of course there’s Sam, our audio wizard. His work on the film has been amazing from the start, and now he’s been able to flex his creative audio design muscles. It’s been a fascinating and educational process to work with him to create the sound effects for the film! Without giving too much away, Colin recently said to him in all seriousness, “That’s an amazing effect there, but maybe a little less bobcat in the mix.”
So the next step, happening this week, is to finally put all of these disparate elements together into a coherent film! Once that is done, it’s a matter of doing one final cleanup to the whole film, adding the credits, and we’re off to the races!
We’ll be adding more to the website soon, including a new post on film festival strategies and checklists, how to proceed once you have a finished product, etc. And of course we’ll let everyone know the SECOND Lost Creek is finished.
In the meantime, we wanted to say thanks again: to all those amazing people out there who have been with us and supported us through this journey. It’s been amazing and we could not have done it without you. We cannot wait to properly thank you by sharing Lost Creek with you!
Till next time!