UPDATE: The Film Now

Hey gang! Just wanted to check in about where everything stands with the film now. As those of you who were at the screening (or our blog browsers here) will know, the film is now complete! We had our private screening in North Carolina for local cast/crew/friends-of-the-show and it was a blast. The film went on to play at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival shortly afterwards and just recently played in Cincinnati. We're currently talking with several more festivals about running the film in more locations but most of those are months out as their programming takes a while to coordinate.

We've also started working with some distributors to see which one is the best possible partner for the film and how we'd like to release it for the public. There are lots of avenues and options out there these days so we're working hard to find the best fit. We aim to have more news on that front very soon and once we do we'll be sure to post it!

In the meantime, enjoy the new trailer that we just released :)


Hey gang! We're very excited to announce that SHADOWS ON THE WALL is now fully wrapped and completed. We held a private screening last week for some of the local cast, crew and friends of the show to celebrate and see it on the big screen and it was a blast. Now that the marathon of post is complete we're on to the fun part of the process: working out the best way to get the film to viewers. We're currently talking with some of our favorite festivals so that it can be available in theaters in a few major cities while also exploring our wider release options for it. No release date has been set yet but we'll be sure to keep everyone informed when we have one. We'll also include links on this site for the best ways to see the film when it's available. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.  

Next up: the full trailer!


Weeks away folks, weeks away! From director Ben Carland's personal website:  

It's September now? Wait, it's almost October now? Where did that long weekend lovingly known as "late summer" disappear to?! Damn if it hasn't been the busiest summer ever! So many awesome things all came flying down the pipe at once this year.

So Shadows should have technically been done by now but a few last minute post hiccups sprung out of the bushes and have delayed things a bit. It's been an interesting test of patience (as I'm the least patient person I can think of) to get through all of these speed bumps in a way that's best for the movie rather than best for my short attention span. Even though a few weeks of delay here and there quickly piles up to give me gray hairs and make me drink, it ultimately means very little in the bigger picture, and whatever results in the best final film should always win out because that's all that viewers will see and that's all that will love on.  The rest is just beer bottles that need to be recycled.

Things are largely down to the last looks and the remaining elements are just finishing touches on mixes and dialogue works and a few misc pickup shots. Hoping to have it all come together in a couple weeks! In the meantime, here are a couple fun photos that were snapped during principal cast ADR earlier this summer.


Finish(ing) Line

An update on SHADOWS from the film's director, Ben Carland:


May just flew by in a whirlwind of travel, ADR and VFX. ADR for SHADOWS went fantastic (thanks, cast and crew!) and is now being prepped for the final mix of the film.


VFX have taken a bit longer than expected but there's been a lot more DIY R&D involved as well as some additional shots to add to the fun. It's been kind of startling to see how much software has improved since the last time I dealt with this much workflow (Sol in 2011). Elements that once gave me nightmares to deal with are now surprisingly easy - and dare I say - fun to work on. Motion tracking in particular used to be the bane of my existence but now it's so straightforward and efficient that it's kind of cathartic. Almost like solving math equations in school that you know you know how to solve. (Yes I said that and yes I must be a nerd.)


Color correction for the film has also been surprisingly smooth. Technical bugs that have plagued me on other projects have been few and far between on SHADOWS. I feel like most software might actually be to the point where workflows actually work for rather than against filmmakers. Almost all my time on Shadows has been spent addressing creative choices rather than bugs and that's fantastic. Let's hope that's a trend that continues!


Anyway, VFX for SHADOWS are about 85% completed and color correction at 95%. Once that's all set I can start diving into the final music and sound design mixes. The big hurdles are all done - now it's just a matter of dealing with the devils in the details. (A few frame grabs from coloring and VFX below.)





Poster Released

The first poster for SHADOWS ON THE WALL is now out. More to come. Now back to VFX work...