2017 is on its way out, time to look ahead to 2018! Let me know what YOUR plans are for the coming year!
I’ve just finished two short film trailers. The first is a new “dramatic” trailer for Ragged Edge. This trailer only has footage from the film (all color-corrected and without interviews!), and features part of Amity Sampley’s amazing score! You can watch the trailer on YouTube, Vimeo, or IMDb (or just right here!)
The second trailer is for John’s Miracle, the short film we produced at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp. I had the privilege of playing the part of the titular character, John Emerson, as well as editing the film.
I’ll be honest, while the quality’s not as good as Ragged Edge (and I’m allowed to say that because I worked on it. :-P), it still came out pretty good! The film is finally done, pending one final review of the sound mix, and I can’t wait to show it to the 2011 Rocky Mountain Filmmakers Camp this June (if you missed registering for the June camp, we’re having another camp this August! Check out the Camp website for registration details).
In other news, Indy Christian Review is doing well. We’ve topped 100 views on episode 1, and the Facebook and Twitter pages are gaining followers slow but sure. I’m going to see if I can get 100 likes and followers on each by the end of June, before I head off for the set of Indescribable.
Yep, that’s right. I’ll be heading down to Bryan, TX yet again to work with the folks at Morning Star Productions! This time I won’t be acting, and it won’t be a short film! Indescribable is a feature-length film, and I’ll be the gaffer! For those of you that don’t know, that means I’ll be in charge of the lighting (it’s sometimes called “chief lighting technician”, but very rarely). I’ll be down there for five weeks this time instead of one. I’m sure I’ll be plenty busy, plus my laptop died, so I won’t be able to do daily vlogs like last time. If you enter their video contest, however, you’ll get access to behind the scenes videos during the shoot.
Well that’s all for now. Until next time.
We had a great time at the Paonia Film Festival! Films ranged from the entertaining to the educational to the downright bizarre. It was interesting getting to see a glimpse of a nearby area of Colorado that I was unfamiliar with, and to interact with a whole new type of independent filmmaker. Let me tell you, this was definitely not your typical San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival crowd! But we still had a good time. It was a new experience, and it was good to meet new filmmakers and to see some amazing talent.
But I’m sure you’re wondering, “Well, how did Ragged Edge do?!” It was one of two films in the drama category, and showed late in the evening. I was nervous the entire time, not knowing how this crowd would react to a film so targeted at a Christian audience. I had showed it to our church shortly after I finished it, and they reacted the way I had hoped they would. I had no idea what to expect at Paonia, especially since a lot of the films shown prior had a distinctive environmentalist worldview. I was worried that they either wouldn’t get it, or worse, misinterpret the message as an attack on Christians. But I was pleasantly surprised. The audience reacted almost the same as the people at church, and seemed to really be touched by it. After the film showings, there was a Q&A session with all the filmmakers, and I was asked about why I made the film. Praise God, I was able to answer without fear and shared the hope that we have in Christ. I later had a very encouraging conversation with the people who asked me that question, who also happened to be fellow believers! Also encouraging was that later in the Q&A, one of the other filmmakers said that he had really enjoyed Ragged Edge and complimented the cinematography (kudos to my DP, Dave Shaver!).
And while Ragged Edge didn’t win any awards (which were all determined by audience choice), I was very encouraged by the film that did win. And it didn’t just win one award, it won 5 of the 8 categories, including “Best Film.” The film was entitled Paper Heart, and was made by a group of young people from Paonia. I was blown away by the film, a touching silent black-and-white allegorical tale. After the showing, I remarked to my wife that the film could easily have been screened at SAICFF. During the Q&A, I found out why! The story was inspired by a stage drama that a friend of the filmmaker’s told them about. And that stage drama… was from a Christian college. When I found that out, I was floored. Even at a secular film festival, chock full of films with twisted worldviews, God can still be glorified, even in subtle ways!
That wraps up my report from the Inaugural Paonia Film Festival! I vlogged while we were there, which you can check out below or by clicking here. And if you would like to get a copy of Ragged Edge, visit StandingSun.com/RaggedEdge
The Paonia Film Festival features creative, original film projects set in or using the Western Colorado landscape to tell your story, or films produced by Western Colorado filmmakers. – From PaoniaFilmFestival.com
Ragged Edge is one of two films in the Drama category and will be playing in the 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm time slot, after the Red Carpet Gala. We’re very excited to see how the film will be received, especially to a sold-out crowd!
The festival will begin at 3:30 pm on March 26 at the Paradise Theater in Paonia, CO. We hope to see you there!
And if you haven’t yet, be sure to pick up your copy of the DVD by clicking here!
It’s been a couple months longer than expected, but Ragged Edge is finally complete! I’ve started sending it out to film festivals, so we’ll see how it does. DVDs will be going on sale February 21st. You can become a fan of Standing Sun on Facebook to be the first to know the moment it’s available!
Thank you for all your prayers! I’m excited to see where the Lord will take this.