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Sunday, December 21, 2014

315 mourns loss of Martin Lemaire (Jayson Martinez)



315 Films experienced a huge loss this month with the passing of frequent collaborator Jayson Martinez, who worked under the name Martin Lemaire. 

Martinez, who has worked on nearly every 315 project the last four years, died in a traffic accident the first week of December. Martinez first came on for Perry Wilson's short film Crust as a behind-the-scenes videographer, then slid over to boom operator and sound mixer for Tim Ritter's Dawn, a role he would inhabit for features Moment of Truth and Testament as well as shorts Free and The Interview. He was well into handling the post sound and foley for Moment of Truth, and preparing to do the same for Testament.

Here are some of the social media reactions to the news from the weeks that followed:

"Jayson Martinez...I cannot believe you've passed from this world. I must believe now that a Greater Light has welcomed you as "Soundalf the Chill" I will forever see LOTR Return of the King and think of this moment on set of @testamentfilm when I was moved to capture a Master of Sound resting from yet another fantastic day at work. It was honor to know you and work with you...my heart breaks for your family and I lift them all in prayer."
- Jose Miguel Vasquez, "Drew" in Testament


"I'm not really big on sharing anything personal on Facebook, but I have to say something in honor of my friend and creative partner the last several years, Jayson Martinez after hearing today of the shocking news of his passing. His help and belief in me has only been exceeded by my belief in him, both as a creative talent who can do anything he sets his mind to as well as an incredible human being whose friendship I valued greatly. You put up with all the crazy stuff I put you and the 315 crew through again and again, whether it was in Fort Myers, Alabama or Orlando, and made me feel like I could achieve pretty much anything (and we've achieved a lot together). Many prayers and thoughts of your family, Jayson, and I'll never forget what you did for me and meant to me and so many friends of ours. I'll listen to some Ozomatli and 90s hip hop tonight and think of you, man. You won't be forgotten."
- Tim Ritter, 315 Films co-founder and director of Moment of Truth and Testament

"In memory of Jayson Martinez...
36 years young, Husband, father to a beautiful 7yr old girl. A friend to many and well respected by all. Dedicated and passionate in the art of film, sound tech and acting.
You will be missed. R.I.P. "
- Vladimy Bellefleur, "Joseph" in Moment of Truth

"I cannot put it to words.
Jayson Martinez. I love you bro. RIP brother.
You will be loved. You will be missed."
- Bryan Davis, director of Job

"Jayson Martinez you will be missed my friend, it was a pleasure and an honor to have known you. Rip bro."
- Shawn Genther, "The Boss" in Moment of Truth

"All my love to the friends and family of Jayson Martinez. I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to work and create along side him. Rest in peace. And hopefully we all can manage to find some today."
- Rachel Comeau, "Mia" in Testament

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Moment of Truth closes in on finish line



Step by step, Moment of Truth's debut is getting ever closer to completion. Director Tim Ritter joined cinematographer Perry Wilson recently in Fort Myers, Fla., where the two put the finishing touches on the final color grade for 315 Films' first feature. Meanwhile, composer Andrew Scott Foust completed his initial pass on what will be an intense and intensely original score for the movie.

While Foust and sound mixer Martin Lemaire finish their work on the movie's audio components, the film's marketing team will be readying an upgraded Moment of Truth website as well as preparing to roll out a comprehensive social media presence in anticipation of the film's completion in spring of next year, alongside 315's second feature Testament, which should follow close behind.

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.