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Friday, September 19, 2014

First edit of Testament in the books



Postproduction on Testament, 315 Films' second feature film, is way ahead of schedule, as the first editing pass was completed this week.

Director Tim Ritter, who is also editing the film, tied a bow on a 121-minute cut, with a second pass already underway. Still remaining are some likely minor pickup shots, along with a color grade, sound mix from Martin Lemaire and score from Andrew Scott Foust.

But for now, Ritter is very encouraged by the rapid progress on the feature film, which wrapped production in June after shooting in Florida and Alabama over the summer.
“This process has been a dream so far,” he said. “A lot of credit goes to our digital asset manager, Nick Izvernari, for setting up a very easy edit. But all the great footage, sound and performance have made all of the edits about making the very best out of already strong material rather than hiding screw-ups, which is what a lot of microbudget film edits become about.
“I’m pretty happy about how this looks so far.”
The postproduction team is still aiming for a spring 2015 finish to the project.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Testament wraps production



Another feature done — 315 Films wrapped production recently on its second feature-length film, Testament.

After a rigorous and ambitious schedule that stretched out over four weekends and 12 total days in Florida on top of three days shooting in Alabama over the winter, director Tim Ritter ended his second feature film with plenty to work with in postproduction in the way of strong performances and incredible visuals. The shoot included a visit to Jacksonville to shoot aboard a fishing boat as well as a hurricane-devastated beach, in addition to filming a staged riot in downtown Orlando.  

"This has been an incredible experience," Ritter said after completing his second full-length production, following Moment of Truth, which is now receiving a score and a final sound mix. "I know I didn't make it easy on us or ever take the simple route for anything we did on this film, but over and over the cast and crew rose to the challenge. And it's all going to show up in the final product."

The director will also be handling the initial edit, with 52 minutes already edited. Stay tuned here as well as at testamentfilm.com and facebook.com/testamentfilm for more updates.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Testament completes successful Kickstarter campaign


Testament, the new feature in the works from 315 Films, is off and running.

The fledgeling production followed up an incredible early Alabama shoot last month with a successful Kickstarter campaign ending this week, which will ensure the film gets its best chance to become something special.

The campaign, which ran a month and featured constant interview update segments, got a big push from the film's expansive cast and crew to raise more than $15,000 for production and postproduction costs.

"This is a huge boost for the film, and it's a great confidence boost to have that many people believing in our team and what we're committed to creating," said writer-director Tim Ritter.

The film, which stars Demi Castro and Rachel Comeau and follows a bitter former follower forced to keep a fading popular movement a live in a dying world, will start full production in May.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

315 Films launches campaign for Testament


Testament, the second feature film from 315 Films, launched with a bang Thursday night, with several key cast and crew members assembled to ring the film's Kickstarter campaign in with style.

After everyone had a chance to meet and talk and get friendly before the grind of production scheduled for this summer, director Tim Ritter, producer Lacie Ratliff and Producer of Marketing and Distribution Andrew Lee all took turns at the podium catching everyone up on the rapid developments in the film's preproduction, before the campaign was launched to raucous applause.

With more than $1,000 raised in the first 12 hours, the campaign is off to a strong start. Find out more at testamentfilm.com/kickstarter.

(Pictured, clockwise from top left, director of photography Tu Do, sound man Martin Lemaire and castmembers Rachel Comeau, Rebecca Blair and Demi Castro celebrate the launch of Testament's Kickstarter campaign)

Moment of Truth locks edits


It's been a long process, but the moment of truth is drawing near for Moment of Truth. The film achieved a lock on edits this month thanks to the efforts of editors Tim Ritter and Mikhail Howell, meaning the film will now go to sound mixing and musical scoring at the hands of Martin Lemaire and Andrew Scott Foust, respectively, with a few color tweaks still needed.

The team is aiming to have a completed version ready for preview by the end of this summer. Stay tuned for more updates 315 Films' first feature production.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Testament adds casting directors

Casting directors join Testament crew

Casting
Robb Maus

Casting
Marco DiGeorge

Two more professionals at the top of their field joined the Testament team recently: Casting directors Marco DiGeorge and Robb Maus. The pair, who will scout actors and help structure in the casting process for the film, have several years of acting behind them and run the Truthful Acting Studios in Orlando.
Marco started out in the business world, but couldn’t ignore his true passion and turned his attention fully to acting in 2004. Since then, he’s appeared in more than two dozen productions, including the feature films Because of You, Untitled, 15 Minutes of Faye, Out on Parole, Rapture, Sodom & Gomorrah and The Happiest Place on Earth.
Robb similarly worked in an unrelated field until succumbing fully to his own passion for the stage. Since then, he has taken roles in TV, on commercials and on the stage, as well as 20 film roles, including appearing with Marco in Sodom & Gomorrah, Untitled and Out on Parole.

Testament, written and directed by Tim Ritter, is scheduled to begin production in summer of 2014.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

315 Films' second feature starts building team

Testament marketing team confirmed


Andrew Lee
Andrew Lee

Laura Boman marketing
Laura Boman

315 Films has added a couple of valuable members to its second feature film, Testament, with Andrew Lee and Laura Boman coming on board as Producers of Marketing and Distribution.
Andrew is the kind of guy you bring around if team building is required for success.  He’s spent the past 10 years developing this skill while working through the management ranks of a large furniture retailer in South Florida.  A Florida State graduate with a degree in marketing/small business management, Andrew has often been described by peers and direct reports as welcoming, driven, reliable and consistent.
Laura is an experienced marketing professional with a background in media and sales. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Auburn University, she had a seven-year career in newspapers before returning to an academic setting in 2011 to complete her MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University. Laura’s strengths include building relationships with clients and her ability to bring creative projects to fruition.
The two partnered recently to form a marketing team geared towards helping creative artists get their messages out to the world.
“The past 10 years of my life have been structured around business principles and theories.  This stuff has already been done; being around creative people reminds me of the endless possibilities that the future has in store,” Andrew said.
The pair will help manage fundraising efforts, social-media coordination and the early foundation of building an audience for the ambitious microbudget film. Production is planned to begin in summer of 2014.