What is Prologue?
Prologue is a short film charged with secrets and terrible communication skills. It follows JULIE, a young Italian woman living in Northern California who is perfectly happy in her marriage until she stops being able to go along with what her husband wants. With the unexpected help of an elderly stranger who thinks JULIE is someone she is not, the young newlywed navigates how to live her truth.
The film shares perspective from two generations of women, and in this pivotal time in U.S. history, is a story that needs to be told now.
What is Fourwind Films?
Fourwind Films is an international creative production company. Our community includes dozens of passionate filmmakers and content creators making films, podcasts, documentaries and more. You can read more about the core team here. We choose projects that offer unique, diverse perspectives.
Justin Joseph Hall, the owner of Fourwind Films and director and editor of Prologue, has been dreaming of making his own film since he learned how to use a dolly in college nearly 10 years ago. He began doing commercial video work in college to help pay for his own projects. His first editing gig was with Shirley Venard, who he would later cast as CHRISTINA.
In 2012 Justin moved to New York to work in a larger movie making market, to learn, and earn more money making films.
Early in 2013 Justin met Ricky Rosario, a young man looking to change careers and become a Movie Producer. Justin soon created Fourwind Films in order to generate more money to make an original movie and hone his film making skills as an editor and director. The company was formed in the spring of 2013. That same year Justin met the screenwriter Piper Werle when they both were interning at the Old Can Factory in Brooklyn for Market Road Films.
Prologue Began in 2014 when Justin finally wrote up the first draft of a screenplay from a dream he wrote down. The script was originally called "EVENTIDE" and he wrote it down whilst working at MLBAM in-between duties.
In 2015 Piper and Justin decided to work together. Justin gave Piper EVENTIDE along with many other short movie ideas. Piper chose to develop EVENTIDE and made it her own, eventually changing the the title to Prologue. Ricky moved to Los Angeles, Fourwind began connections on the West Coast.
In 2016 Piper and Justin began casting for the 4 visible roles in the script, while still revising the script. Piper moved to Tanzania to work in the education system and continued to revise the script with wonky electricity and limited internet service. Her experience working in a community where girls and women have limited rights had a huge impact on her writing of Prologue. Justin continued to build Fourwind Films in New York City and Ricky in Los Angeles.
In January of 2017, Kate Branom was brought on as the First Assistant Director. In February the Production team casted Claudia de Candia for the lead role of JULIE and Shirley Venard for the role of CHRISTINA.
Doris Hall was cast for the role of DORIE ADAMS, the radio announcer. Doris was a former radio news reporter in Central California. An old story of hers was recorded for the part. Later that year, Justin traveled a full day in order to arrive at the JWP Ranch near Yosemite National Park in California. He arrived after sundown in complete darkness and met Jerry who showed what would become CHRISTINA's house. The next day, Justin began chatting with owner Sam and was given a complete 400 acre tour of the ranch that had been owned by the same family for generations. The trip was exhausting, but the location was found. It was decided that Prologue would be shot during springtime, as in Justin's original dream the grass was green. In December Ariel Woodiwiss was cast as BARB and Gary Jaquez was brought on as the Cinematographer. Justin also gathered enough clients with Fourwind Films to confidently be able to get the film made without outside donors.
In March of 2018, Shawn Thomas Diefenbach was cast for the role of JACK. The rest of the crew was assembled. The Cast and Crew arrived in late April back to the JWP Ranch, had two days of rehearsals and four shoot days. Everyone returned home. Justin worked until December in order to save up money to finish the edit and color correction.
In January of 2018, Justin finished the first rough cut of Prologue and cried out of happiness in his room alone. Test screenings and cut adjustments followed. In February of that same year YOU joined the Prologue team! In March the Kickstarter project will be successful, funding the rest of the film to pay for graphic design, sound design, sound mixing, music licensing, color correction, special effects, packaging and distribution. Prologue is finished and YOU get your rewards.
In 2019 many people watch Prologue, Piper's words are felt through each audience member because of YOU! YOU did this and completed this incredible journey and will never be forgotten.
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking is expensive. It's a lot of people collaborating to make one work of art. Getting talented people together to create something memorable is challenging. As much as we've put into this, there are several more steps to finishing PROLOGUE that take talented people. We've made a high quality film thus far, and don't want to make this film less than what it should be so close to the end. The edit is nearly complete, but after the film is shot and edited, we still need to complete:
1. Graphic Design (6% of the budget) - This consists of creating a recognizable Title screen for the credits. Also building the credits out, to give everyone the recognition they deserve on the project. This is a very exciting step for our Kickstarter donors, because all of our rewards reflect some aspect of graphic design (most notably the pins and movie posters)!
2. Sound Design - (7% of the budget) Sound design creates the mood of a room, the realness of being in a space. Film is made from a 2D projection and audio. The audio is 50% of our experience in theaters and deserves as much attention as any other part of the process. Audio is the main obstacle we still have to tackle as a PROLOGUE team.
3. Sound Mixing - (7% of the budget) After we have placed all the sounds we need to create the mood and ambience to support the visuals, we need to mix it to the appropriate levels. This step is similar to what a director does to balance the sound of an orchestra. It's a severely technical job that can (and will in PROLOGUE!) have creative input. To make this film feel like a dream, it needs to sound like a dream. We can do this with your help.
4. Music - (33% of the budget) Our music is subtle, but amazing. The music in Prologue is powerful. Justin has been building a music library since he was 12 and got his first computer and curated a playlist and a feeling that can be ascribed to the film. So many different artists and genres are blended together to create the mood, not only for the entire movie, but for each room and each scene. Our soundtrack includes music from:
The Parlour Trick (All promotional videos as well)
5. Color Correction (5% of the budget) Color Correct makes the film look beautiful, and not only that, it adds to the mood of each scene. Gary Jaquez created an amazing moving image, but until we color correct it, it's only partially the entire beautiful image he captured. Using color and contrast, we can enhance the mood of each scene and make the image meld beautifully with all of the sound work we created. There are very few, but key visual effects in this film. Also, great Visual Effects artists are few and far between. We don't want to take away from the impact of the film and do this cheaply. We need to maintain the integrity of the film to keep the audience engaged in the story at all times.
6. Packaging (4% of the budget) - This is boring! It's a very technical job to create a film in the many forms that we receive it today. It takes experts to package each frame of film and second of sound properly to maintain its highest quality whether you're viewing it in a theatre, online, or on a home projector. It's boring, but important.
7. Marketing (38% of the budget) - This is the most important part of filmmaking that always gets left behind. We want this film to play in film festivals around the world. But it costs money to submit to film festivals, get all of these prizes out to you, and then get other people to hear about the product we all made. Without marketing, we did all this work for nothing! We need Piper's voice to be heard!
Any additional funding above our goal money will go into better Music, Marketing, and Graphic Design. If we get enough people on board for this project, I can assure you we will make more movies for you all. You're a part of this now; this is our beginning!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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