Production Stories

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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…

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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…

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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…

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’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…

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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…

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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…

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