LIGHTNING BUGS IN A JAR is Officially in-the-can
After months of secretive work, LIGHTNING BUGS IN A JAR has been completed. Sophia Betz delivered a wonderful edit of the film, which was then mixed by master sound engineer Ken Takeuchi at Onomatopoeia (the day after the threat of a blizzard, no less) :
Later in the week, the Stolen Chicken Productions team (Sara/Ian/Sophia) met at sixteen19’s post facility at Steiner Studios. Reunited with Director of Photography Timur Civan, all four worked with digital colorist Andrew Francis and his team, perfecting the final look of the film :
A week later, co-directors Ian and Sara returned to sixteen19 to observe Andrew as he did some tweaks (giving-up the majority of his Sunday to do so). Upon leaving Steiner on Sunday, February 8, both Sara and Ian had a finished film, their creative vision for LIGHTNING BUGS… not only fully-realized but taken beyond what they had hoped it might be.
The enormous talent of the Cast, Production and Post-Production teams contributed to a film that, very soon, will be ready to be shared with the world (*updates on screenings, etc. soon-to-come)…
TEASER POSTER is here…
In print today is our first poster, which will be used in a variety of ways leading up to the release of LBJ. Taken from an on-set photo by Production Designer Ráchel Lowery and painstakingly touched by photographer and editor Lizzie Leitzell, it captures a key moment of personal reflection by the character of Max, as well as a bit of lightning bug magic…
If you’d like to find out how to get your hands on one of these 11×14″ mini posters, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Checking-in on the Edit…
The Lightning Bugs edit is well underway! I’ve been working on the rough cut since Ian, Sara and I returned from Catskill in early October.
Before I start editing in the morning, I make sure I have everything I need to get going:
Caffeinated beverage, check.
Editing moccasins, check.
Assistant editor, check.
It’s a fun ride seeing the scenes come together and reliving an incredible shoot with such a gifted cast and crew. We’re editing the film in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, which works great for cutting RED footage.
Today, I’m working on Scene 13, a pivotal moment when long-held secrets are revealed in a conversation between our characters Farrah and Ben. Can’t wait to share it with all of you in the new year!
Watch this space for updates on the progress of Lighting Bugs In A Jar.
–Sophia Betz, Editor/Producer
Our first official production still…
Ben (Ethan Slater) and Farrah (Betsy Aidem)