Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 11, 2012.

Update #11

"Point of Origin" Premiere

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We had our first screening this past Saturday and it felt so great to finally be there.  Thank you to everyone who came out to the Nuart to see the film.  It was wonderful to see it on the big screen with many of the people who made it all possible.  For those of you who couldn't make it, I'm going to be holding more screenings here in L.A. as well as in Arkansas this summer, and hopefully elsewhere in the U.S. and over seas.  I look forward to seeing you and thanking you in person for supporting the short film!!

Much love and gratitude,

Sarah

Here's our little "Point of Origin" family in the lobby of the Nuart.  Actresses Shyla Marlin and Ellie Hethorn-Chernoff and Actor Jordan Stidham clap for the movie finally being done.  Ellie's 2 now! Photo by Caden Hethorn-Chernoff
Here's our little "Point of Origin" family in the lobby of the Nuart. Actresses Shyla Marlin and Ellie Hethorn-Chernoff and Actor Jordan Stidham clap for the movie finally being done. Ellie's 2 now! Photo by Caden Hethorn-Chernoff

Update #10

First Official Screening of the Short

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For those who are in Los Angeles on March 22nd, we're hosting our first screening for cast, crew and friends.  I'm a bit nervous, but mainly excited.  I hope to see you there so I can thank you in person for your support.  Here's one of the official posters with the new title: "Point of Origin"

Follow this link to register:  

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/point-of-origin-screening-tickets-10927435253

Poster Design by Nick Jones and Sudeshna Pantham
Poster Design by Nick Jones and Sudeshna Pantham

Update #9

Back to the point of origin

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Hello my dear friends and family,

Hooray, it’s finally finished! It's been such a long road and I'm so happy to finally be at the destination. Some of you may not have known that I had decided to change the title during production and after a year of ruminating over what it might be, combined with a little help from a mentor who’s also a contributor, the words ‘point of origin’ popped into my head one night, and I thought to myself “that's it!” So the new title is “Point of Origin” and once you see the film, I believe you’ll agree that it’s befitting thematically as well as a propos to the action of the story.

I'm planning our first screening in February in Los Angeles, and another in Arkansas, my home state, soon to follow. As soon as I know the dates I’ll let you know. I hope to see as many of you as possible! If you’re not in California or Arkansas, hopefully, it will be screening in a town near you.

Rewards will be coming your way throughout the Spring. There are still a few of you that haven't responded to the survey so please write me back here so I can send you your goods. Here's a reminder of the rewards: If you gave $25 or more, you'll be receiving a DVD, or a digital download should you prefer that. For those who gave $35 or more, you’ll get a copy of the script as well. For $50 or more, you'll be receiving all of the above plus a digital download of the original soundtrack and an 11 x 14 poster made by artist Mark X Farina. For $100 or more, comes all of the above plus a large movie poster that's hand printed. Lastly, everyone who donated will find their name in the end credits.

Speaking of end credits, as I was creating them, I was humbled and grateful all over again to each of you. It really means so much to have received your support and I know that when you see the movie you'll see how this support helped make the movie a success in terms of the quality of production, but also and more importantly, that the people who worked on the film were paid.  Speaking from experience, I can tell you that every dollar earned is necessary while trying to make ends meet as a freelance worker. It’s impossible to sum up in words how thankful I am to you all, my kickstarters!!

“What is art? Like a declaration of love: the consciousness of our dependence on each other.  A confession.  An unconscious act that none the less reflects the true meaning of life—love and sacrifice.” ― Andrei Tarkovsky.  For this I’m committed to making films indefinitely, but to get to travel to new places to create and share them is of equal importance and why I genuinely love the medium. So who knows, maybe I’ll be coming to your town, “Point of Origin” in tow.


Update #8

What's going on?!

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Dear Lovely People
It's been a while, perhaps too long since I've written to you. First of all, Happy New Year! I hope you're already conquering some of your resolutions. I'm sure you can guess that my first and last resolution is to successfully finish this short film. When I started the project I declared that I would finish it in 3 months and well, since it's been over 4 months now, I'm realizing that it's more likely to be 5 to 6 months before it's all said and done. Sometimes a film happens quickly and other times it takes years. The most important thing to me is that this film gets the TLC it deserves before I share it with the world.

Before I delve into the goings-on of the project I want to thank you again for your continued support and interest in this movie. I also want to remind you that I need you to respond to our survey to get accurate information about the spelling of your names for the end credits, as well as the addresses where we can send your rewards. If we don't get this information in the next two weeks we might not be able to put your name correctly in the credits!! So I'll send out an email to those who haven't responded yet, thanks to those of you who have already responded.

Okay, so here's some news about where we are currently in the process. I'm very happy to say that we just hired a new editor who's seriously awesome! I worked last fall to edit a rough cut myself but it's always been my intention to have someone finish editing it with a fresh perspective, that is, someone who hasn't been working on this from the beginning. Our new editor, Robert Lee, has given me confidence through seeing his work and hearing his ideas that he's going to see that my vision for the story shines through and that ultimately we will make the best movie we can.
The editors are the unsung heroes of cinema.  The variety of footage and multiple takes at the end of shooting rarely sync perfectly with the "blueprint" laid out by the screenplay, and it's in the art of editing that these two elements are resolved and synthesized. We are now looking at getting "Picture lock", (a final edit of the film,) in the next two weeks. After that we will be moving on to the last stages of post-production such as the music composition and sound edit. We generally wait to give the final cut to these folks so they don't create something for film that ends up on the "cutting room floor".

Nathan Gulick had originally signed on as producer of the film, he helped fine-tune the script and he and I worked very hard in the months leading up to the Kickstarter campaign, for which I'm grateful. Sadly, he realized that producing the project wasn't right for him.  We work together at OTIS and he often checks in on the progress of the film.  As nerve-wracking and disorienting as losing a producer was, the silver lining was Martine Keston. She hit the ground running as producer, impressing me with her crazy-good work ethic and excellent time management skills. She hired most of the crew for our film who were amazing and she continually pushes me to move forward. She's a tough cookie with a heart of gold!

Thanks for all your support and interest in this journey and we will do our best to deliver a great short film to you!


Update #7

Energy and persistence conquers all things

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Hello friends,

      We successfully completed principle shooting during October, and we just have one tiny scene left to shoot, which is coming up next week.  The footage we got was so beautiful and I couldn't have been happier with the work that the cast and crew put forth over the course of the three day shoot. Thank you! None of this would have been possible without your support.

     The past couple of weeks I've been meeting with the editor and we're working to have a first cut complete in the very near future.  So things are moving right along, and I'm loving the process.  Once we've got a cut that's as solid as possible, we'll hand it over to the composer to score the music, and then on to the sound editor to mix the final soundtrack of the film.  I have a couple film festivals in my sights whose deadlines are mid-December, so we're hoping to have a completed film by December 1st.  Wish us luck!  As soon as the film is complete, I'll be sending out your rewards.  Please make sure to send me your address if you haven't done so yet.  

     Once again, thank you so much for your donations, they've made a world of difference in this script's journey to the screen.  I truly look forward to sharing this film with all of you.  Here are a few photos from the shoot.  Hope you enjoy :)

Warm regards,

Sarah

P.S.  Happy Election Day!  Vote or else!

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