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…

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 a framing emergency. Because framing…

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 a figure came to her…

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 hour of Vigils). Later, at…

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 pounds as if it were…

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 that actors are used to…

Matthew Webb

The Kinema Commonwealth

March 12, 2012

By Matt Webb While I was a student at Fuller Theological Seminary I studied theology and film with a focus on trying to integrate my faith and my art. I didn’t want to make films exclusively for Christian audiences, and I wanted to do more than just think theologically about the stories I brought to…

dead bird in hands illustration for none

NONE: When the Shadows Lengthen

March 9, 2012

—by Lauralee Farrer When daylight wanes and shadows lengthen, to forgive is to make whole. —None refrain How beautiful this dappled, soft hour of light, and yet heartbreaking. Grey at the temples, the hour of None is melancholy, a time to ponder things we thought would always be with us. The loss of our plans,…