After almost 7 years of mahi, our anthology feature film ENCOUNTERS is now available worldwide to rent or buy. Visit ENCOUNTERS.CO.NZ for links to OnDemand platforms where the film can be streamed.
IN THE MIX
Since we locked the cut of Encounters in late 2016, we’ve had a number of post-production hurdles to overcome to get the film completed (and we can finally say it is!). Some of these challenges/stages are outlined below:
Our composer Tane Upjohn-Beatson composed the score for Encounters in March 2017 and has done an incredible job of bringing eight diverse stories together and unifying them with a single soundtrack.
The dialogue cleanup, Foley, editing and preparation of the tracks for the final sound mix was carried out throughout 2017 by our amazing Sound Designer and Sound Editor Stephanie Engelbrecht.
We had a number of VFX shots to get completed for various reasons before the final finishing touches on the film could be done. The majority of these will be invisible to viewers of the final film and these range from obscuring headstone names, to removing branding that would otherwise have required legal clearances.
In order for the film to be completed to a high standard with a professional colour grade and final sound mix, we needed to raise some funding – either through private investment or crowdfunding. We were lucky enough to raise this privately without needing to go through another crowdfunding campaign. With some very helpful sponsored discounts from the providers in question, that allowed us to complete the final stages of the film.
The colour grade of the film was completed by Erin Woolhouse at Martin Square in Wellington. It was amazing to see the difference a colour grade made to the footage we’d been living within the edit for so long and how it really brought the film to life visually.
Final Sound Mix
In the second half of August 2018 we completed the final sound mix with Phil Burton at Underground Sound.
Branding & Titles/Credits Design
We’ve spent the last few months working with Jeroen ten Berge on the poster design and branding for the film. A sneak peek at that is in the logo from the sound mix image above.
Now that the final mix is completed, we will be submitting the film to festivals over the next few months and we’re hoping to show the cast, crew and key supporters the final result of four years of hard work to get this film finished.
That’s all for now, but we’ll have more updates soon!
GOING POSTAL: LOCKING THE CUT
The cone has been silent, but we’ve just been busy in post-production land! ‘Encounters’ reached a milestone recently after finalising the fine cut of the film. The film will shortly be proceeding to the sound design and score phases of post-production.
We recently screened the fine cut of the film to a number of film industry professionals who gave some helpful feedback. From what we could tell they were really impressed with what we’ve achieved since we first set out on this journey in August 2014.
One of the biggest breakthroughs in post-production that transformed the film was the decision to intercut the film segments as a way of creating a thematic and emotional arc for the film. Our lead editor Scott Milligan’s idea to do this was to avoid the standard approach to an anthology feature film showing each segment one after the other and make it feel more like a feature film experience than a short film festival programme.
A trailer for Encounters should arrive before the end of the year, but in the interim here is a look at the beautiful monster we’ve all created together in the AVID: