Stories

Lance Clark at Huntington University

To Sanctify the Day and All Human Activity

January 19, 2012

by Director Lauralee Farrer When sixth-century Benedictine monks stopped eight times a day to pray, their intention was to infuse menial work with the sacred by reminding themselves of the presence of God. They believed that being in the service of God can transform a temporal act into an eternal one, and the daily prayers…

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filming "compline" in the cemetary at dusk

You Have No Events Scheduled Today

January 15, 2012

by Director Lauralee Farrer Yesterday and today my Google calendar informed me that I had no events scheduled, yet they were two very different days: the first so complicated it was impossible to record all that had to be done; and the second with a single chore—go home. Last night around 11:00 p.m. we shot…

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Jordan McMahon taking off to get aerial shots for Compline

Up In A Balloon!

January 10, 2012

by Producer Tamara Johnston McMahon Jordan McMahon, cinematographer (and my husband) extraordinaire, had the privilege of going up in a hot air balloon for aerial footage of Huntington, Indiana, the other day! It was his first time up and, with the Scarlet-X in hand, of course he was beyond willing. A tight squeeze, Dream Catcher…

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Chris Min as traveling Man at Zona Rosa

Telling a Story Everyone Already Knows

January 6, 2012

by Director Lauralee Farrer We are created in such a way that we cannot see our own faces, but require others to let us know how we look—what expressions we are telegraphing or whether or not we have spinach in our teeth. This is a hint to me that we were made to live in…

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cropped PTH faces with title

Unforgettable Characters in Seven Minutes or Less

January 2, 2012

by Director Lauralee Farrer In a recent interview for the Los Angeles Times, Steven Spielberg described the challenges he faced with The War Horse, a film that stitches together a series of strangers by their mutual love for the same horse. It’s a big structural risk: it might easily become a series of disconnected vignettes.…

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Lauralee Farrer and cinematographer Jordan McMahon in the graveyard

The Barn Burned Down

December 29, 2011

by Lauralee Farrer This brief verse by Masahide is a favorite of mine: The barn burned down Now I can see the moon. Fasting is a big part of my spiritual life. It can take endless forms and have as many different purposes: fasts can be short and intense or long eras of spiritual discipline…

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grey indiana winter landscape

Lighting by the Moon

December 27, 2011

by Director Lauralee Farrer Last year, when Tamara, Jordan and I were location scouting in Indiana, Huntington-born producer Matt Webb took us to the St. Felix Friary. A beautiful monastery that had fallen mostly into disuse (now refurbished), it still retained the bones of its former glory. We looked out on a field white with…

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Lauralee and leftovers

’tis love that’s born tonight

December 25, 2011

by Director Lauralee Farrer Oh the joys of preproduction. Last week our world was rocked: our bank cancelled our accounts for random reasons even they cannot explain; insurance rates skyrocketed; our lead actor, Marcia Whitehead, has been struck with a vicious case of bronchitis and we have no idea when she will be able to…

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Bette's prayed over PTH brochure

Finally, En Route to Indiana

December 23, 2011

by Tamara Johnston McMahon I am ecstatic that principal photography starts mere days from now! For months the producing team has been working diligently on every detail imaginable in order to make this happen; everything from equipment (the Scarlet camera that played so hard to get!), the budget (where’s it coming from!) the actors (who…

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Chris flying toward the skylight

The beginning of production

December 20, 2011

By Lauralee Farrer Since I started writing the script for Praying the Hours nearly a decade ago, it has been a long and emotional ride to January 2012. During that journey, loved ones have been born and loved ones have died—including Matthew Diederich, whose last words to me were, “when are we going to make…

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