Monday, February 23, 2015

Post-Production Sound Mixing

Halina is now in the hands of Sound For Indies, a Long Island audio post production service. I've known Ken, the founder, for maybe 5 years now but this is the first time we finally get to work together on a project.

If you're not a film person, basically what Ken is doing is taking all of the audio tracks from the editing sequence and importing them into Pro Tools. He'll isolate the best sounding microphones, smooth out the audio levels, and clean up any unwanted sounds in the flick. 

While Ken works on sound, I'm going to simultaneously have DP Mike work on color. I'm pushing hard to have the entire film done by very early March, which is right around the corner.

This weekend I also launched HalinaFilm.com - it's very bare bones rights now but more content will be added shortly.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Halina" to Feature 2 Tracks From The Influencers

Two songs from the band The Influencers have been worked into the film Halina, including the song Morning which you can listen to below. If you like the song, you can download it along with some full albums and name your own price! These songs are the perfect fit for the film. If you dig the Influencers, check out their Facebook page right here!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Last Shot of Halina

Today I finally managed to shoot the elusive quick shot I mentioned in this post, which means that now, Halina is officially 100% wrapped.

We met up at a boat dock for this shot, which features my friend's hawt corvette pictured above. But unfortunately there was still snow and ice and slush just freakin' everywhere. I spent at least an hour shoveling as much of it as I could to create a clean area. Then, a really nice fella named Denis drove his plow over and helped us clear some more of the area. What luck.

So after all the shoveling, and plowing, and more shoveling and so on, we finally nabbed the shot. The shot which which will be 2-3 seconds in the actual finished film. It's good to have all of the footage now, and I couldn't have done it without Denis the plower, Chris and his corvette, and of course Patricia and DP Mike who came out just for this.

Seriously though, look at that car. HAWT.

Monday, February 02, 2015

"Halina" Posters Revealed!

Here you go, two variations of the official "Halina" poster! Halina is expected to be completed mid-March 2015 and currently 31 minutes and 11 seconds long. Web site is in the works.

Click for hi-res!

Variant A (Halina Version)
Variant B (Mischa Version)

Snowstorms and One Missing Shot

The recent snowstorms on the East Coast have been a blessing and a curse for this production. The blessing came last week, when we received so much snow that offices were shut down for a couple of days. This allowed me some unexpected time to work on the second cut of Halina and map out a timeline of completion.

The new timeline moves up the expected completion to mid-March; much sooner than I had previously guessed. Also the new cut is even longer than the original, so I never really trimmed it down like I said I would. Basically that last blog entry was an entry of LIES.

Now the downside: there's actually one shot missing from Halina. It's an outdoor shot that's only a few seconds long, but involves a nice looking car. 

This has been a challenge; originally we were going to use a car that William owned and grab this shot on the fourth shoot day, but that day brought heavy rain. Then I was going to use a car that belonged to a friend of a friend, but she was only available Saturdays, and every Saturday has had nasty weather. 

The latest plan is to shoot the scene this week, between storms - wish us luck. It's amazing how the shoot was relatively pain-free (we even had unseasonably warm weather during the other exterior scenes), and yet this tiny shot has been so challenging. January and February in New York are just horrible and unreliable months for exterior shooting.

In the spirit of keeping positive, I am excited with the new timeline. Steve is composing some new tracks this weekend for the score, and then the film is going to Sound For Indies for final sound mixing.