Production Stories

benedict from Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life

Ich Glaube an Alles Noch Nie Gesagte

April 30, 2012

I am drawn to the things that have never been said. I am determined to release these godly feelings and not hold back what others do not dare to ask. If that’s outrageous, my God, forgive. All I am trying to say is this: My very best offerings are spontaneous,…

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terce illustration from Praying the Hours in Ordinary Life, Denise Klitsie

TERCE: The Light Climbs, the Worker Pauses

April 26, 2012

I worship You with primal joy, Holy Spirit, Living God. —Terce refrain The light of Terce is bright, a sharp spotlight on our work. We have found the rhythm of a focus that has snapped into place, and the last intuition we have is to stop. And yet. Benedict urged…

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Martina at birth of Elias

Unorthodox and Personal

April 21, 2012

The team behind Praying the Hours often comments that by the time we finish all of our shoots we will run like a well-oiled machine. Until then, we learn the lesson of courage required by any art form: keep going. More time, SO MUCH MORE TIME, is spent on logistics,…

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Grace Oh and son

A Producer in Charge of Prayer

April 12, 2012

By Grace Oh My name is Grace and I am lucky enough to be the producer overseeing prayer for this project. Never heard of this fascinating title? I will go out on a limb and say you’ll be hard pressed to find another producer of prayer for a film. Little…

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Cinerama Dome

Filmmaking in Widescreen

April 5, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer The first time I went to see a 70mm widescreen film at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, I was an adolescent, and I sat with my father on the far right side. I don’t remember what film we saw, but I do remember it being good enough…

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Michelle Steffes at the frameshop

Prayers for a Holy Death

April 2, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer A strange thing happened on our first day of principal photography for “None.” The script called for a woman to interrupt the main character None (Aaron Paul Ballard) as he is trying to write a song. She urges him to open his frame shop early because of…

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neon open sign at duddery None

The Power of Generosity

March 29, 2012

By Director Lauralee Farrer One recent morning, before the None shoot, an unexpected expense came up that was very disheartening. That afternoon, in an equally random, unexpected way, someone texted to say she had been praying for us, and thought: I could give some money. I could do that. And…

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Keri with her watch

Calling at a Decent Hour

March 24, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer When we were in Indiana, early one morning before a day of shooting, I texted my friend Keri Tombazian to ask her to pray for me. I realized with horror that I had texted her at a little before 3 a.m. in Los Angeles (or at the…

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Aaron and laughing Beatrix

Stop Thinking and See

March 21, 2012

By Lauralee Farrer The “found moment” is our shorthand for authentic moments that inspire a film but cost a fortune to orchestrate. Here’s an absurd example (except that it happened in the movie Ray): A common hummingbird flies in your open window and buzzes there, then zips out. Your heart…

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Kerry at the Duddery in None

Thanks to Those Who Gave Us Something Extra

March 15, 2012

By Lauralee Farrer If you’ve read Matt Webb’s blog on the Kinema Commonwealth, then you understand why I rankle a little at the name “extras.” I don’t need to buy the world a coke and teach it to sing harmony, but extras are human beings, not happy meals. I know…

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