We began pre-production this time last year. HARVEST then filmed in September 2008. Of course this only followed two plus years of working to get the film off the ground (script development, financing, casting, etc.). There have been many people involved every step of the way. So much rests behind us now, yet so much still ahead.
Production was intense, fun, stressful, challenging, gratifying. Our cast and crew worked long and hard, and the final film is a product of all the heart and art and craft that went into its making.
Post-production began in earnest at the end of October. Our wonderful editor Colleen Sharp joined the filmmaking team, and we embarked on the long and careful work of cutting the film together, one scene — really one take — at a time. Over forty hours of footage would have to transform into a movie well under two hours. And so, fifteen weeks later, after much dialogue, key breakthroughs, and a few test screenings, we celebrated locked picture. That was the end of winter into the start of spring.
During this time, we also began our collaboration with the very talented musicians Duncan Sheik and David Poe. These guys instinctively got what we were going for, what the film required. The process was punctuated by moments of great inspiration, and we look forward to audiences hearing the beautiful original music of HARVEST. That said, we simply look forward to sharing the film itself.
Sound design and mix under the expert tutelage of Lew Goldstein took place too during these many months of post-production. Perched at Goldcrest Post in the West Village, the team there offered great support to our small team. Lots of technical highlights, including the conform back to the original highest quality picture, the color correction sessions with Colorist Blase Theodore and our wonderfully committed Cinematographer Ruben O’Malley, and ultimately, the subsequent and various layoffs when we were able to experience the full satisfaction of marrying final picture and sound.
A film is born. It was now summer again.
And so now we enter year two of raising HARVEST, full of plenty of possibility and just as much uncertainty. Our festival or other premiere is still to be determined, and there is much strategy involved in how we’ve begun and continue navigating this tactical dance. So much of course is out of our hands, though we will do what we can, whatever is in our control, to share HARVEST with audiences. It means that much. Building, promoting, talking with potential partners, engineering sales & distribution – all this lay ahead. The life of a truly independent film is long and complicated, and HARVEST is still young.