Sunday, May 28, 2000

Post-production problems




        The hunt for theatrical exposure is doubly frustrating if a movie encounters unexpected costs and setbacks in post-production, where film is edited together with sound and music. Few distributors will buy — or even watch — unfinished film.

        April's Fool was written and directed by Paul Geiger, a Delhi Township native and a special-effects artist in Los Angeles. Though shot and edited on a tight schedule in 1998, the movie was held up for months because of mistakes at the film processing lab and soundtrack troubles.

        Mr. Geiger screened his film for cast, crew, family and friends at the Mount Lookout Cinema Grill recently. Now, he is weighing the possibility of commercial screenings in a few big cities, to open the door for a sale to a video distributor.

        People Like Us, directed by former pharmacist Rob Kennedy and co-written with his wife, Lesley, likewise ran into post-production delays after a trouble-free 1998 shoot. That film also was shown to invited guests at the Mariemont Theatre, and may play there again for paying customers.

        Another 1998 production, This Train, written and directed by Aralee Strange and featuring Soupy Sales, has not yet cleared post-production.

       



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