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3 Months,1 Weeks and 5 Days = PICTURE LOCKED

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. So many great things happening with Sweet, Sweet Country these days.

First, we are PICTURE LOCKED! So excited to be at this stage in the film. It’s been a little over three months since we wrapped. We’re lucky to be at this stage so quickly because of all the great work done by our on set Editor and the efforts of peers and teachers who provided some amazingly constructive feedback, and in a timely manner.

I had the pleasure of sharing Sweet, Sweet Country this Thanksgiving holiday with friends. It was such a treat to observe them watching the film. But, the conversations afterwards, those made sharing the film an amazing experience. I’m happy that the film elicited questions about refugees, human rights and other social issues. It sparked a great conversation about affinity vs. identity, that turned into affinity as identity. I came to film school with the hopes of learning how to make films that spark a desire to seek out knowledge/information, while entertaining. If you walk away from Sweet, Sweet Country with questions and a desire to know more, then I’m on the right track. That’s exciting.

I’m what William Holden as Joe Gillis calls, “a message kid,” in Sunset Blvd.

              Betty Schaefer
   I just think that pictures should say a little something.

              Joe Gillis
   Oh, one of the message kids. Just a story won’t do.

No Joe Gillis, “just a story won’t do.” If you know me, you know my love of this film (#filmNerd). But, seriously, at the core of the films I make is a story, but hopefully a story informed by research and the communities they are about.

We’re going into Color Correction next week. I’m so excited to see the film as my DP and I intended, rich with color. We’re also moving into post sound. Our production Sound Mixer, is also our Sound Editor. It’s great to continue that working relationship. When you find the right people, things just fall into place.

On that note, I’m so happy to share that Gbenga Akinnagbe has come on as a Producer of Sweet, Sweet Country! From the moment he signed on to the film he’s been an advocate. After seeing a first rough cut, he jumped on board and hasn’t slowed down. He’s done so much for the film already, which is exciting and humbling.

We’ll keep you posted as things progress!

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