Production Stories

Huntington Film department building

Returning to the Motherland

February 10, 2012

By Matt Webb I grew up in Huntington, went to college at Huntington College before it became a university, and even worked in the admissions office at HU for a couple years at the turn of the century (I love that I get to write that!). But when I first…

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Jordan McMahon in the cold Indiana

Working with the RED Scarlet

February 6, 2012

by cinematographer Jordan McMahon When I got the news that Red was FINALLY relinquishing the never-ending saga of the Scarlet-X, my heart skipped a beat. For months the discussion was what camera to purchase for our feature film Praying The Hours. Up until this point I had only ever held…

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Director Lauralee Farrer interviewed by Indiana news while filming Compline

Wearing Many Hats

February 2, 2012

by producer Rob Bethke Part of the adventure of producing low-budget films is the necessity to step into many different roles—in other words, filling in the gaps in your production crew. I used to fall into the trap of imagining filmmaking as a bit of a power trip, where directors…

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Matthew Winfield Diederich

Just Tell the Truth

January 31, 2012

by Director Lauralee Farrer It’s risky to use non-actors to do your storytelling—you have to know that something else about them is compelling: that the camera will find them interesting, that they are going to give something authentic that will be moving, they are going to be brave enough to…

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Compline in the pool

Narrowly Avoiding Death by Concrete Floor

January 25, 2012

by Director Lauralee Farrer When I asked Marcia Whitehead if she’d consider portraying the character of “Compline” shot recently in Indiana, I knew that water would be involved since our story team had already decided we wanted to use water in all its forms (immersion, drinking, ice, rain, snow, etc.)…

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Traveling Man, played by Chris Min, moved to tears by the story of Compline

Squarely in the Middle of My Experience

January 23, 2012

by Director Lauralee Farrer While in Indiana we shot a scene that borrowed heavily from the life of singer Marcia Whitehead who portrays “Compline.” It was brave of her to be willing to let us write it into the story. None of us—including her—were prepared for what would happen when…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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