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Further Updates on LifeofKyle.com

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

New BTS updates/blog posts about the film are put up on LifeofKyle.com, the Writer/Director/Producer’s Personal Blog.

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Prayers for Strength

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

STANDING FIRM hits store shelves in a little over 40 days.  This is a mind-blowing reality and every day it sinks in more and more.  What a wonderful journey the Lord has taken me on in these last few years getting this film made.  So many of you out there have prayed countless times for this production, the tough situations that came around, when deaths of friends or family happened, when technical problems arose, and all sorts of other things.  Thank you for your dedication and for partnering with Praise Pictures in this mission to reach others for Jesus.

I want to ask you again, to pray specifically for these next 40 days. The church screenings involve a lot of prep work, a lot of heavy thinking and logistical problems, money (which is in short supply) for materials, the store on PraisePictures.com is yet to be built, and all the while more and more people are coming in via phone, email, facebook, twitter, etc. with anticipation for this films release and for the church screening availability.  It’s so much for one person to handle, and I’m asking all of you for your prayers.  I need the Holy Spirits power during this time to handle this workload.  To think this film was made in a kids bedroom in Ransomville, NY (pop. less than 1300) still blows my mind.  The Lord gets the credit for that…had I tried to do it all in my own strength (which I had fallen into many times) I would’ve either quit or just plain ol’ failed a long time ago.  This film is a miracle!  It’s only something the Lord could bring together.  He alone is to be praised for it’s completion.

The attacks from the enemy are sure to be strong and plentiful in the coming weeks and even extending into the summer/fall.  Pray for a plentiful harvest as well, something more important than anything else. Much has to be done, and I need your help.  Please pray, tell others to pray…and continue to spread the word about our film.  If you haven’t heard about our DVD Giveaway, give it a look as well.  Sign up for the email list too.

Thank you all, God Bless you!

- Kyle Prohaska

Production & Release Update

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Kyle Prohaska (Writer/Producer/Director) recently posted an entry on his blog updating everyone on the progress of Standing Firm and its impending DVD release.

http://lifeofkyle.com/2010/03/31/lots-going-on/

Enjoy! Stay in Prayer!

Going for the Lock

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Right now is an exciting time for Standing Firm! :) I have 11 days left to lock the film and then I’m never touching the edit again.  No more tweaks, no more trimming any scenes or swapping things in/out.  Scoring and spotting for the film begins right away on Feb 1st.  Since shooting day #1 way back in June 2008 I have been editing the film.  Editing started the first day we shot something, with me logging and putting together the film incrementally.  It’s been a long time coming to this point.  I’m so grateful to all the people out there in cyberspace who have given their feedback of the films edit.  I owe a lot to everyone for giving me the time of day :) You know who you are, so thank you!

Our fan page on Facebook has exceeded 8000 and continues to grow every week!  I just can’t believe how much word is getting around.  It’s going to be a difficult year leading up to the eventual DVD release.  I have so much to do and unfortunately besides the music and the sound-mix, I’ll be completing the film alone.  Locking the edit, color-correction, dvd menus and covers, promotional material, posters, the marketing online as well as distribution duties, and so many other things while trying to make ends meat to survive!  This means I need all the prayer I can get!  Please pray for wisdom, patience, energy, and everything else I might need to get this film to those who need it.  God has had his hand on it from day 1, and all of you out there have never failed to support it when you were needed…so please don’t stop now!

In case you weren’t aware, the Lord provided just enough funding for us to get across the finish line.  Combined with some personal finances, we can get this film done the right way so Praise God for that possibility!  He had us taken care of from the start, it just took a while for us to get there.  He knows what he’s doing…

Thank you for your continued support, I have a lot of work to do. :)

Blessings,
Kyle Prohaska
Director/everything else…lol

2009 – A Look Back

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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

Making Progress

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

I wanted to update everyone and let them know how things are going.  They’re going extremely well :)  The cut is moving towards a lock for this month (I hope we reach the goal!) and God has opened new doors in regards to our distribution and post-funding for our score/sound-mix.  He’s also providing some free advertising for us which is fantastic.

We have an article coming out in a local magazine, a podcast interview coming, another interview with an online websites podcast, and free banner advertisements added to a digital magazine that contacted us recently.

I’m very excited to know things are looking up.  We had an unsure spell for a while but God is proving himself faithful like he always does.  Thanks to all for being patient :)

Please don’t forget (if your on Facebook) to invite friends/family to our fan page. We really need your help there.  I know I say that a lot but it seems that no matter how much I try and make it clear of the seriousness of that, little is done.  We have a goal of 10,000 fans by Jan 1st. Every fan we have inviting just ONE…just ONE person off their friends list would have us reach our goal plus some.  If you want to see more Christian films and family-oriented entertainment, then you gotta support it.  Come on folks, we’re counting on you.  STAY IN PRAYER.

“Remember, when you see a man at the top of a mountain he didn’t fall there.”

~ Unknown

Starting the Lock

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Editing a film is a long and laborious process.  I’m pleased to report that we’re now heading towards the end of it.  The film was recently split up into 4 reels, each around 20 minutes long.  Reel 4 is in the best shape of the three and will likely lock first.  The term “lock” refers to a point in time where the actual length of a given chunk of the film will not change.  No more tweaking to any scenes, no changing of the pace or adding a frame or two between a cut…it stays how it is.  It’s tough getting to that point as you nit-pick over things, try and make each scene it’s absolute best, and even go back and make sure that there aren’t any better takes that can be used to strengthen any given scene (which in some cases there are some of those laying around!).  It’s nice to be at this point, having started editing the project so long ago…Praise God!

Thanks again to all who helped us have our most fruitful month yet on the internet.  Our visits to the website, increase in fans on Facebook, additions to our email list, followers on Twitter, emails and Facebook messages of encouragement, etc. have all been incredible.  That was all in just the month of October!  We’re hoping that somehow that kind of energy could sustain over time until our project is finished and we begin a marketing push towards a release date.  We’ll continue to update you, post things for you to engage yourself in and respond to, etc. but overall the effort all of you put into spreading the word needs to continue.  For those of you who have invited all your friends on Facebook to our fan page, thanks so much…that might be our most valuable resource to date.  Those of you who haven’t, please do…as one fan put it, “It’s no problem, it was so easy!”  It’s up to you guys.  While larger budgeted movies have tons of dough to market and promote their films, ours will be minimal.  Even bigger movies that throw the big dollars at billboards and websites still hope to gain a certain percentage of exposure from you guys…so do your part :D

Happy Reformation Day!  God is Good! (all the time)

In Awe of Him

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

About 20 minutes ago God broke me down for the millionth time since Standing Firm started.  Every time I take a moment to look at our film, my time spent with it normally ends in tears.  As I watched pieces of the film unfold on my Plasma (I can finally pump my edit from Final Cut Pro to my TV via an output card) I just could not believe my eyes.  You’d think it would get old, seeing the same old scenes, behind the scenes interviews, etc., but it doesn’t.  It’s just like the first time I saw them put together, unbelievable.  It’s less about how each scene turns out too because I’m very satisfied with our film given our circumstances and situations.  It’s more about the fact that God gave me such an incredible passion for this stuff.  I’m so thankful to have this opportunity.  The HONOR of serving him in a way that I can enjoy spiritually and artistically.  As a Christian, of course it’s my duty to serve him and be joyful no matter what he has me doing, but I count doing it with filmmaking as an extra Blessing.

The fact that so many put in their time for this, drives me absolutely crazy with happiness.  The thankfulness makes me want to freak out sometimes.  How is this possible?  Why me?  Why Kyle Prohaska?  Why now?  Why when I’m 21, and not when I’m 40 and have a greater grasp on things?  It’s just amazing that I get to do this.  We didn’t have a lot of money, or a lot of crew members…nor did we have a ton of equipment, lights, the best camera, or the greatest locations.  I mean for pete’s sake, 90% of the film was shot with two crew members (myself and my gaffer doubling as sound), with actors carrying equipment!  But what we did have was the Lord, and that was more than enough!

I didn’t do a lot today but yet again work on the film.  I burned new copies of Cut #4 and sent them off in the mail.  That felt really good :)  Our fan page is still exploding with activity on Facebook.  It seems new people find it everyday.  I did some simple math and it looks like we have almost 1300 new fans since Oct. 1st.  That’s absolutely insane!  Thank you Lord!  I’ve been praying (and I hope you would join me), that this film would find a huge audience well before it’s even on DVD.  I’ve had some ideas rolling around in my head on how to get that going, and implementing a few seems to have worked!  There are still bigger and better things to come down the road to, no matter what happens.  How would you all like a place to discuss the things God has done in your life?  That’s all I’ll say for now regarding the idea, but I hope it gets you excited!

Keep praying for distribution, it’s in their hands.  Pray that the Lord would provide a way for us to pay for our music/score and our sound mix, whether it be by our distributor or not.  That’s something we really need.  Prayer started this project, and prayer will undoubtably finish it.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His Will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

Thanks again to all our supporters, I appreciate you so much!

Kyle Prohaska
Writer/Director/Producer

Some Setbacks…

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

We’re having some hideous computer and software issues as of yesterday morning.  Please pray that we find an answer sometime soon as money is extremely limited and so is time.

Technology is as aggravating as it is amazing.

EDIT: Praise God, the problem seems to be fixed after a simple re-installation of our editing software.  Thank goodness :)

Excitement is Building…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Although our film is not yet completed, there has been an increase of interest from online supporters who have found out about our film.  On top of that, a few have seen the film in its current form and have offered some feedback.  We figured we would share it with you!

Before you read that, let me update you on where the film currently is.  We have the film in the hands of a distributor and we’re waiting on their response.  We still have yet to lock the film (that means the edit is complete and will be left alone), and when that does happen we will move forward with the sound-mix and the score.  However, we need you to be praying for us.  If the distributor we initially contacted says no, our options are limited to finish the film.  The reason…we can’t pay for our score/sound-mix.  We’ve gone through dozens of composers before finding the one who can give us what we want.  We still have time, because even if we had the money, no composer could really start much without an edit lock so that’s our current goal.  Please pray that God would provide us an answer soon as to where we are to go with the project.  Pray for discernment with the distributor, that whether the answer is yes or no, their decision would be swift and honest so we may move forward.  If it is a no, pray that God provides a way for us to finish the film and find another distributor.  If it is a yes, then pray that all the many things that would need to move forward would do so smoothly and without issues.

I want to say thank you yet again for all the love and support you’ve all shown.  We launched our website in December 2007 and for almost 2 years we’ve had an online presence surrounding this film, and it grows daily.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.  Continue to spread the word to your friends and family.  Join our fan page and invite others, follow our new twitter page, join our email list.  Do all you can to tell everyone about Standing Firm!

Here are some warm comments from some of our excited supporters online…

“Cant wait for the release.  When will it be out on DVD?  Living out in the sticks means that is the only way to see it here in South Africa.” – Dalena, South Africa

“If the movie is anything like the trailer, this is incredible, I was deeply moved…broken.” – Cathy, USA

“The trailer looks really great!  When will it be released?  I’m in Malaysia so get it on DVD asap….” – Andrew, Malaysia

“Looking forward on seeing this film. It really makes you stop and think about life and what it’s all about! Thank you Jesus!” – Sherry, NJ

“Fantastic work. I can hardly wait for this to hit the screen.

God be with and bless you ALL!!” – Sharon

First Viewers of the Film in it’s current form…(Cut #3, Temporary Score/No Sound-Mix or Color Correction)

“Simply put- the movie is amazing. The characters, the storyline, and the quality all make you feel as if you are apart of the story. Standing Firm is a top-notch film and is one of the most biblically sound and Christ centered movies I’ve seen! It is relevant for anyone of any age.” – Heather, NY

“The new movie Standing Firm an above average piece, including something for prayer-warriors, the hard-working man, or a college student struggling to do what is what is right in the middle of adversity. You will walk away from the film understanding that life, although sometimes unpleasant, can still be wonderful in Christ Jesus our Lord. The story is real, the people are authentic, and the ending will surprise viewers. Standing Firm is a movie that exemplifies a Christ-like journey of faith when the name of Jesus is explicitly mentioned, and when it isn’t. There are many new movies bearing the name of Jesus Christ, but very few depict the reality of a life with Christ in the way Standing Firm does.” – Matt, NY

“I marveled at the production quality as I watched it, and your faithfulness in truly making this a Christian film that has a solid, Biblical message. I believe you told me that some of your talent were non-professionals, but that certainly didn’t come across at all…You did a good job of portraying the emotion surrounding the death of a loved one, and presenting Christian solutions to dealing with the loss…This is a film that can be shown anywhere, and that should help you in your marketing efforts.  May you have much success with your film, and may the Lord bless the great messages within it.” – Bob, Texas

Thanks for your support and may God Bless you,
Kyle Prohaska
Writer/Director

A New Website!

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

A new website has been launched for Standing Firm.  You’ll see the new design is as slick as its ever been!  All the informational pages have been rewritten to be more direct and easier to read.

The single most important addition to the website is the Registration page.  Finally a new and automated way to sign up and receive email updates!

Keep an eye out for new videos to be released on the Watch Videos page.  One thing God has Blessed us with are amazing and emotionally charged interviews with our cast and crew.  If those don’t get you interested or have you itching to see the film and share the news with other people, then no trailer or any other kind of promotional material will.  We’re very excited to share these so keep an eye out.  If you want to be notified when the first is released then sign up on the register page as previously mentioned.

Another new addition to the site is the Share page.  Here you’ll find some easy instructions on how to spread the word, especially for all of you out there who use Facebook.  In just 10 minutes you can let your entire friends list know about our film.  Imagine the possibilities if only a few of you did this?

Overall we are very pleased with the new design and we hope you all enjoy it! :) Don’t forget to spread the word to your friends and family.

Visit StandingFirmMovie.com to check it out!

Standing Firm : Behind the Message

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

While all of our supporters out there wait for a new site, a new trailer, a release date, etc., let me take some time to tell you about what this film is REALLY about.

I’m just going to be honest with all of you, this film is a personal project.  The core of the problems within the story are built around my parents marriage and some things I remember as a kid.  Granted the Lord has graciously held my family together and I have the honor of being the son of two wonderful parents that I love very much and who both now love the Lord with all their heart.  For that I’m thankful.

When we brought in the issue of death and suffering, none of us knew just how hard the lesson would be.  Before, during, and after shooting, the cast and crew went through a lot of heartache.  A week before shooting I lost my grandmother, a month or two in one of my best friends lost his mom, another month later a young woman in our church family passed as well, and many others leading all the way until this past May where I lost my best friend, only days before moving 3000 miles to a new home.  As I wept asking God for a story to tell long before shooting started and the script was written, he knew about the tragedies coming down the line and the exact story we needed to write.  It wasn’t just a message for others who experience the same pain, but for us as well while we created the film.  God war preparing us far in advance.

The more I look at the edit, the heavier the burden feels.  As a filmmaker, you want to tell a story, but rarely is one so deeply wrapped in emotion and history of those involved.  There is an overwhelming realization of the importance of this story.  This isn’t about dollars or sales, recognition or fame…it’s about the parent who lost their child, the wife who lost her husband, and the one who lost his friend, and all the other millions upon millions of people out there who look at this world each and every day, gazing on it’s problems and the evil acts that go on in it and ask…If there is a God….then WHY?

Please pray for us, there are so many things we have left to complete.  We need good distribution for this film if we’re to get it into peoples hands.  We need a score whether that’s from the distributor or a donation, we can’t pay for it.  Personally I’m asking for your prayers, for the film especially but please for me that I can have enough energy to complete it and do my job well.  Unless we get some money from someone or a distributor likes the film when we mail it at the end of this month, I’ll be continuing to work on the film alone…as it’s been in the post-production side of things for almost a year.

How many of you out there have a family member or friend that could use a message like this?  PRAY FOR THIS FILM.

Kyle Prohaska
Writer/Director/Producer

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New Poster

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Here you can see a new poster for the film.  This color scheme and style is what you’ll notice in the new website we hope to launch soon.  The brown, black, yellow, white is a great color scheme that fits the tone of the film well.  I can see this poster rearranged into a great DVD Cover can’t you? :)

Special thanks to Shaun Smith our Gaffer/Still Photographer for grabbing some great promotional photos for the film while we shot.  Thanks buddy!

Our Facebook Fan Page has grown to 1750 fans or so and is growing weekly! Thanks to everyone who continues to suggest the fan page to your friends.

How To Suggest Friends:
1) Go to our Fan Page.
2) Under the poster to the left you will see links. Click the More button. This will show you more options.
3) Click the link Suggest to Friends, and a box will appear.
4) Click on each friend until you reach the bottom. It will only take a few minutes.
5) Once you’re finished, simply click Send Invitations.

Progression

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

I started working in the morning on the website, new blog design, the cut of the film, and a slew of other things.  The new website for Standing Firm is essentially done, but in terms of a release date I’m still not sold on right now being the proper time.  I don’t want to be hasty.  As you can see, the new design for the blog is now active.  I think it’s much more simplified than the previous and fits the style of the film better, as well as the new website.

You’ll notice the design for the new site, the blog, the new poster we’ll have, etc. all have a much darker tone than previous.  This fits the film a lot better.  Overall the film isn’t really dark in it’s appearance but in story it isn’t the most pleasant thing.  I think we’ve finally found something that fits the dramatic feeling of the film and what I want to get across in all the promotional material and such.  You’ll also notice on the top of the blog a new title design for the film that has a white and gold color, something that will run through all the designs from now on, even down to the BTS interviews and the graphic titles.

I also began work on a new trailer today.  Building a trailer is by far the most difficult process I’ve come across making this film, even more so than shooting.  I’m not talking about stress or physical exhaustion, just the delicate process or creating one.  Shooting an entire story and creating a flow and a pace over 90 minutes is a big enough challenge, with all the characters and subplots developing along the way.  Then after that take it all and try and shove it all into around 2 minutes, feeding the audience the right pieces of information in careful doses so you don’t give away too much but don’t hold onto too much.  They need to be entertained by what they see but want to see more.  It’s just a load of editing decisions.  Creating the flashbacks in the film was no different.  I’m trying to evoke an emotion in 20 seconds or less with a lot of complicated edits and transitions.  It’s no small task, and the trailer is the same kind of thing.  I’ve attempting at making a new trailer before, and what I’ve come up with have been pieces but never the whole pie.  Hopefully I can get something together soon and maybe launch the trailer alongside the new website :)

I think I’ve found a composer I want for the film if I get the money to pay. I won’t tell you his name just yet but his work is fantastic. He uses sample recordings and real recorded instruments in his library sampled to his equipment so technically all the music although artificially composed is from a real source. It doesn’t sound like synth at all which is what a lot of composers use. I hope the Lord provides a way to use his talents.

More information to come…

Kyle Prohaska
Writer/Director/Producer

All Day, Everyday…

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Since July 4th I’ve been working on the edit the majority of the day everyday of the week.  There is another film in production (become a fan on Facebook) I’m apart of this Fall so I’m gearing up for that while getting this film into working order to mail off sometime in the next month.  It’s an interesting feeling not seeing anymore scene gaps in the film and just tweaking what’s there.  I can finally start to see what we really have.  There is one location I’m stuck in at the moment, but it’s a small flashback and those are always complicated.  Telling a story in a short amount of time with some clever edits and proper emotion is a tough task so that’s been my major hang up. The cut is currently at 85 minutes and I suspect it will hover around there until completion.

The ADR of the film has been laying in really easily and I think it will be very difficult to tell if there was any ADR done in a lot of this film.  All things considered the ADR was minimal, but in the scenes where we really needed to use it, it’s turning out pretty fantastic.  Kudos to all our actors that re-recorded some of their lines, they did a great job.

A new website is in development for the film and the blog will get a new look as well.  We have finally found a color scheme and concept for the film that works with how the film actually is in tone, mood, etc.  The website will be a basis for almost everything graphics related in the future I think.  It’s come out well enough to translate to the DVD, Poster, Banners, etc.  I’m excited for everyone to see it when it’s completed.  I don’t want to just release it however.  It would be nice to release it with something, say a new trailer?  That gives me another task to complete!  It’s a lot of stuff to be sure but I’ll get there.  The interviews as well that will be released one by one on the website are excellent.  I think they will create some buzz because of their content.  If those don’t get all of you telling your friends then no amount of marketing money will save us.

In regards to finishing the film, we’re still in need of a score.  Right now we are just trusting the Lord for guidance in where to go next.  We’ve been in financial trouble before with this film, right in the very beginning.  Kevin’s fridge, drier, etc. all went out simultaneously causing me to pick up the tab on the rest of the equipment so this is nothing new.  In this case however, the amount needed far exceeds our ability to pay for.  There are possibilities but beyond that we’re just waiting on the Lord.  Investors are an option, and many other things…but until the film is in a more completed form, even with temporary music tracks…we can’t move forward.  Pray that God would bring us an answer sometime soon!  He knows our troubles and he’s had His hand on things from the start, so I feel it’s only a matter of time.

Blessings,
Kyle Prohaska
Writer/Director