Sunday, January 4, 2009

Thanks Everyone!

Thank you all for voting! Project: Direct has now closed the voting. I was mistaken in the post below that people could vote through Jan 5. We'll find out the results tomorrow (Jan. 5)!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Vote for Mirror!

The film is now in the top 10 of the Project: Direct finalists! I would really appreciate if you would vote for Mirror, Mirror on the Wall on the Project: Direct website ( You can vote once a day, everday from Dec. 27 to Jan. 5.You need to sign into your YouTube account (or sign up, it's free and easy to do!) and only vote once per day, otherwise your vote will be disqualified. Also, please tell all your friends and relatives to vote! Thank you!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Potential Finalist!

On Friday, I got an email from Project: Direct notifying me that the film is a potential finalist. This means that it is one of twenty films that have been selected. I had to send in all my paperwork and legal forms and then on Dec. 27 (this Saturday), the top 10 will be announced on the Project: Direct website: If Mirror is one of those 10, I will need EVERYONE to vote for it once a day from Dec. 27 through Jan. 5. Here is the link again to watch the film: Also, please tell your friends to vote each day. This is really exciting! I am thrilled that so many people have seen the film on YouTube. Hopefully it will be in the top 10! Thanks everyone!

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall is finished and uploaded to YouTube! Please watch the film, rate it, and leave your comments: Then, send it to your family and friends.

The requirements for the Project: Direct 2009 contest were a 5 min. running time and use of a red phone and two props from their list. I used a silver lighter and thick-rimmed glasses. Tonight is the deadline for the contest.

I'm very happy with the end product. Praise God that everything came together and that it's finally done! I give God all the credit. Also, I am so grateful for the work that Nick Hegge did. He worked very hard to make this film look great (including many hours of lost sleep and putting up with me!). My family was very supportive and I could not have made it without them! I am in awe of all the people that contributed to this project, and I could never thank you all enough!

I will keep you posted on how the contest goes.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nearing the Finish Line...

The music is finished! Last night, Nick synced up picture and sound. It looks and sounds great! Music really pulls it all together and heightens the emotion. It's amazing what music can do to a film. I'm very pleased!

The deadline is only a few days away (December 14). Nick is finishing the titles, but otherwise we're pretty much finished. After we submit the film, I should find out around December 18 whether it is in the top 10. To determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners out of the 10 finalists, people will vote on YouTube. We'll see what happens!

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's almost finished!

The final cut has been sent to the composer! Thanks to hours of cutting and tweaking and Nick not getting any sleep (sorry Nick!).

On Saturday, I brought my list of editing notes and Nick dutifully fixed everything. Afterwards, he uploaded a Quicktime file for me to obsess over and make another list of notes. I watched it countless times on Saturday night and Sunday. Then, last night, we made all the final changes. It looks great! I'm amazed at what Nick can do! Because we were working with a 4K image, he could reframe shots and create new ones. Oh the wonders of the Red Camera! One example...the mirror in the very last shot was just a hair crooked (just enough to bug me, I hate crooked lines!). Even though Nick said it was only 6 pixels off, it looked much better to me when fixed. It took 45 minutes to straighten that shot, but I'm much happier with it now!

Nick, his roommate Ian, and Buddy convinced me to let go of a shot I loved because it no longer made sense in the film. It's kind of been a joke between us all along because they never thought it fit, and I always did. Turns out they were right (yes, I admit it, guys!). The shot is a close up of Sarah's crumpled name tag on the floor and I wanted it cut into the end titles, but because we ended up only having one character wear a name tag, it wasn't established long enough to make sense. Oh, well!

I'm hoping that my composer will be able to finish the music by tomorrow. We'll still be able to do some minor tweaks and color changes after we get the music, but all the major cutting is finished. It's really exciting for me to see everything coming together!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Music and a Crazy Couple Days (and a Crazier Weekend to Come!)

Last night, we sent off the rough cut to the composer to give him a feel for what the end product will look like. I worked with the composer, John Doryk, for five weeks as an intern at his studio in Colorado Springs, CO, last spring. He writes great music, so I'm really excited for what he'll do for my project. He told me he's thinking of mixing ambient sounds and scoring for this piece, instead of a wall-to-wall musical score because he said it'll be more interesting and will highlight the action better. You can visit his website ( to listen to some scores he has written in the past.

Unfortunately, the only time that he'd be able to score Mirror is this Monday and Tuesday. That means we have to finish cutting the film by that time! However, we don't have to have the opening titles finished, which is good because Nick is still working on those. Also, we had a mix up with the audio files. We needed the files to be in a different form, but I forgot the harddrive with the files at Nick's, so today I had to go get it from Nick at ShopNBC, bring it to Brady in Rockford, and this evening I'm going to bring it back to Nick in Eagan!

We're scheduled to edit on Saturday. Hopefully, we can get it done in time!
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