Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Where We're At!

Picture Lock
 The stage in editing a film when all changes to the film cut have been done and approved. It is then sent to subsequent stages in the process, such as color correction and audio mixing.

It's been a long road, but after six months of planning, two months of filming, and six months of editing (often literally around the clock) we're finally nearing the end of the line. Time to emerge from the cave and declare “Hooray, we've picture locked We Three Heathens!”

Documentaries are notoriously difficult to edit; for most, the story is not truly 'found' until you've already shot the film and have sat down to edit it. This applied in full to We Three Heathens; it was only after months of reflection and deliberation that we were able to wrangle the piles and piles of footage we'd shot into a coherent story arc.

Those piles, by the way, totalled over eighty hours of untouched material. From that, we edited a six-hour assembly cut, which was then sliced down to a two-and-a-half hour rough cut, which we then whittled to the hundred-and-one minute film we have before us. It's amazing to think where the film started, and how it's evolved each step along the way.

The Way Forward

What's next for We Three Heathens? For the next month, we'll be putting the final touches on the film: mixing the sound, coloring the footage to make it look the best it can, and otherwise polishing it as much as possible.

We're pleased to announce that we'll be hosting our first private showing of We Three Heathens for donors and those who've helped out along the way on Monday, July 20th at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at the Simon Fraser University Woodward's Campus in Vancouver! Please note that this is not a public premiere, and no tickets will be sold; invites will be sent out in the coming months.

After that, we'll be submitting the film to festivals around the world – any updates and news about festival acceptances will be posted here as they occur. As well, over the coming weeks and months, we'll be posting new content here and sending out the long-awaited IndieGoGo perks, so stay tuned!


Lastly, we'd like to extend a huge, hearty “THANK YOU!” to everyone who helped make this film a reality – the donors, the people we interviewed and met along the Camino, the people who helped us shape the film both before and after shooting – the film could not have happened without you, and we are deeply in your debt. Thank you!

-Devan & the Sad Hill Team


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