2009 – A Look Back

To take a look at 2008′s new year post…click here.

2009 was a tough year, that much is certain.  So much to be thankful for, but not without a price.  Just as 2008 brought much death and loss to the cast/crew of this film, so did 2009.  The greatest of these in May 2009 when we lost one of our cast members and my best friend.  The film presses on, and I can’t believe the kinds of things that are happening.

This year we continued to shoot a little bit while the edit came together more and more.  We released our trailer, gathered most of our promotional video material and interviews, launched a new website, grew our Facebook fan page well beyond 7000 fans with 8000 on the way, Twitter followers nearing the 2000 mark, countless media contacts in TV, Radio, Print that have come our way and have been filed for 2010′s marketing plan and push for release, and so many other things.

No distribution came through with the larger distributors we had been hoping for from the start, but little did we know what God would have in store for us.  We’re pushing forward and will soon be gathering funds for the Score/Sound-Mix.  Our composer and sound-mixer has been chosen, and the edit is nearing it’s locking point.  Color-correction will start in February now that the proper tools to do it well are finally in hand.

Supporters around the globe have gathered in support of our film.  People from 20 different countries and 20 different languages make up the fan base we hold on Facebook.  When you consider where this project began and even where it sits now, that’s still incredible.  This isn’t some major studio film, and it’s not even a larger budget film, and look where God has brought us?  I’m so thankful to see him working in all of this.  It will be 3 years this March since the journey of Praise Pictures Inc. and Standing Firm began.  The journey has been long, it has been tough, and it’s not over, but I believe that God will be bringing something really special this new year.  We are going to attempt and shoot for a Mid-Summer release on DVD in a number of markets around the US and see what goes does.  We’re even going to attempt Subtitle creation for 5+ languages if we can so our options are open for foreign distribution.  Much is being done to take what grace God has given this little film, and use it to it’s highest potential for His Glory.  I can’t what to see what happens!

As we gather together funds, finish the film itself, develop our marketing strategy and release time, and create promotional materials and other things, please be in prayer.  Some of you have stuck with us from the very beginning, praying right along the way seeing all the victories come to pass.  I hope that regardless of what Blessing the film itself may be to you, that the experience of watching it come together has been a source of growth in your walk with Christ.

If you haven’t yet, check out the share page on our website.  If your a fan on Facebook, use the Suggest to Friends button under our poster and share the film with friends/family!

God Bless all of you,
Kyle Prohaska
Director, Standing Firm

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