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A film of brutality and redemption, from the story by award-winning author Alan Heathcock.
252 backers pledged $21,220 to help bring this project to life.

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Postproduction, rewards, and other happenings


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After a period of silence


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Nearing the end of postproduction: looking forward


To our generous backers,

It's been too long since our last update. We've been working hard to get the film ready for audiences, but financial and time constraints have kept us in post production longer than we expected. Although frustrating, we have learned a great deal about the massive process of completing a film, which has only deepened our respect and love for the art of making movies. We apologize for the delay, but are proud to know that our work—and the work of our friends and collaborators—is paying off.

We have been fortunate enough to get feedback on the edit from Alan and other valuable mentors, including Hollywood veteran Steve De Jarnatt (dir. Miracle Mile, Cherry 2000) and our lead actor Joel Nagle. Benefitting from their wisdom, we've developed a cut of the film that reminds us why we were so excited to work on SMOKE in the first place. Before we complete post production, we need to finish three more processes: color correction, visual effects, and sound design.

Color correction is the process of giving the movie a handmade, theatrical look and feel. This week we will go into color with Albert Frates, a Digital Image Technician and colorist who has split his time between Boise and Los Angeles for the last four years, working with MAVTV, Local Hero, and Helen Hunt among others.

(A preview image from our first color session)
(A preview image from our first color session)

A local visual artist is stepping in to help us dial in the limited VFX required to complete the film. We'll make an announcement as soon as we are able to begin that process.

We have been in talks with a number of sound designers, but are still looking for the right fit. Immaculate sound work is central to creating a compelling film, but our budget restraints mean that we need a sound artist with a true indie spirit. Finding the right fit is the final hurdle for SMOKE, and is receiving our complete attention.

Although we are still a few yards from the goal line, we think it is time to start shipping rewards. As a backer, expect a survey that will help us gather the information required to deliver rewards. We'll ship post cards, scripts, posters, and books as soon as we have enough information, and then deliver DVDs and BluRays as we reach the end of postproduction.

In addition to the survey, we plan to announce our VFX and sound design partnerships as they happen.

Thank you so much for your patience and continued support. We apologize for shifting timeline, but we are learning as we go. In the end, we will be proud to show you what we've created together.


Stephen Heleker 

Cody Gittings

SMOKE Teaser Out Now! (And some other news.)

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We made it!

This right here? Proof that a beautiful community, supporting independent artists, is capable of bringing an idea--born from the pages of a book and the desire to share our vision with the world--to life in full light and shadow.

There's no way for us to fully express our gratitude, but thank you.

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