One Step Back, Two Steps Forward: Catching Up with ‘Carving A Life’

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More than a year after a wrap party celebrated the completion of filming of the movie “Carving A Life,” director Terry Ross of Julian recently received the third rough cut of the film. It required four re-shoots and the filming of pickup shots to get what she needed to create what she believes is an exceptional film about a young sculptor with haunting memories and an alcohol addiction that threaten his chance at happiness.

“We are truly and absolutely done with shooting!” said Ross.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the film is on its way to a theater near you. Well, it is, but it still has to make a few stops along the way.

This last edit will still likely need some tweaking by selecting the scenes that best tell the story and eliminating any scenes that don’t move the narrative along. Once that is done, the film is ready for color correcting, the next step in its journey.

The aim in this stage of the project is to adjust the footage for optimal exposure and balance of light. A tedious process, color correcting employs the artist’s eye and the computer’s analytical power to adjust the color temperature of each clip, which in turn creates the desired effect for the scene.

Once the visuals are done, the film goes to the composer, who will “score” the movie with music to enhance the storytelling. The film’s writer and executive producer Lisa Bruhn is working on acquiring rights to music by San Diego-area bands, in addition to collaborating with a composer to create original music for the soundtrack, including a song that she wrote specifically for the film’s co-star Karenssa LeGear.

All of this is for naught, however, unless the film is seen by audiences. To make that happen, another team needs to get involved.

Considering that tens of thousands of new films are released each year, it would be easy for any film to be overlooked. Finding the right people to sell, distribute and strategically screen the film is critical to its ultimate success. To accomplish this, Ross and Bruhn hired Emmy Award-winner Michael Towe to edit three scenes, which became part of an electronic press kit that Bruhn presented at the American Film Market in Los Angeles.

Initial interest at the AFM provided Bruhn with a list of potential sales agents and film catalogues that could be a good fit for the project.

The last step in the creation of the film as a product is to add the credits, that long list of a film’s names and contributions that give a sense about why it takes so long to get it to the marketplace.

“The making of ‘Carving A Life’ has been a fantastic journey, where I’ve made lasting relationships with cast and crew, especially the very talented Terry Ross,” said Bruhn.

After the technical production is completed and the distribution contracts are arranged, the film is finally ready to be screened for the general public, which may be as soon as April 2016, a little more than four years after Bruhn began writing the story.

Ross and Bruhn look forward to presenting the film at a special screening in Julian after its release in the spring.

– By Ann Reilly Cole – Julian Journal • Thu, Dec 03, 2015

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