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December 2013 - Filmstigator

Michael Curtis


December 19, 2013

Editing Complete!

December 19, 2013 | By | No Comments

Exciting news to share today!  We are only weeks away from completion of the first Filmstigator short film!


We are happy to announce that principal picture editing has been completed for “GIFT.”  The footage continues to get rave reviews from the selected group of people who’ve seen the original rough cut and the final version.  Our camera team has done an amazing job with the visuals.


A lot can be learned about a film during editorial.  In the case of “GIFT” I found a scene that just didn’t seem to be working for the overall story.  So I made the decision to cut the scene its entirety.   This Saturday morning we’ll be doing a quick pickup shoot in Atlanta to grab 4 or 5 new shots to replace the excised scene.  I think the shots will help the pacing of the film and will even add something that wasn’t present in the original draft.

Ironically, the scene that has been cut was one of the most difficult and time-consuming scenes we filmed.  It’s almost like the difficulty we had in filming it was an indication of how things weren’t quite working.  I wish I’d fixed the problem back at the script stage, but I can’t wait to have the new shorter sequence in place!

timeline-webSo what’s next for “GIFT?”  After our pickup shoot this weekend, we’ll edit the new footage into place, and then the picture will officially be locked.

The sound designer in Atlanta and the music composer in New York are already hard at work finishing the audio.  We have one last visual effect shot needing completion and then the entire film will be color graded & mastered in 4K.

If all goes according to plan, the film should be ready for festival entries in early February.  We have a long list of festivals we’re planning to enter, and we’re excited to finally share our first Filmstigator narrative film with the world!