producers at the table

When the Heat is All the Way Up

July 25, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer A few weeks ago, we stopped tweeting at Compline (bedtime) and started tweeting at noon, the hour of Sext. That’s because we have finished the script for the story of the recovering stranger and are heading into production this month. [Some who follow us @praythehours might be happy that we’ve moved on…

"Terce" as played by Liz Montgomery in Praying the Hours

The Self-Curse of Denial

July 18, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer In our story on “Terce,” we consider a woman (played by Liz Montgomery) facing difficult times in her marriage and with her first baby. Some of these hard times can be traced to a series of bad decisions and her insistence that she is able to accomplish anything she must without asking…

Praying the Hours still of Chris Min as the Traveling Man

Time Shaped Like an Arrow

June 28, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer Somewhere I read that “time” was the noun most often used in the English language. Who knows how (or why) such surveys are conducted, or by whom; nevertheless, that result would not surprise me. We live in time the way fish live in water, so talking about it—or making films about it—opens…

Lauralee and Chris in the graveyard for Praying the Hours

Fighting Our Way Through

June 19, 2012

By Lauralee Farrer There’s a popular quote from Ira Glass, host of “This American Life,” that makes much of the idea that our creative work often outstrips our good taste. I admit, even though I am not a beginner, I find it soothing: “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told…

Jordan McMahon, Tamara McMahon, Lauralee Farrer on the set of Compline

Tweet Dreams

June 14, 2012

—by Lauralee Farrer For those who follow us on twitter @praythehours, you know that we tweet at the Hour of prayer on which we are currently working. Our “Terce” tweets ended a week or so ago because we’ve finished shooting it and we’re entering a month’s worth of assembly cuts, scriptwriting, perfecting our shooting experience,…

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, without hesitation or irritation, in…

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 stopping at this hour precisely…

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, planning, organizing, preparing, reorganizing, paying…

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 credit for this is due…

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 that I wanted to return…