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3 out 4 Stars – The Orlando Weekly

BY JUSTIN STROUT – Orlando Weekly, Film Critic

UCF’s Danny Daneau makes his feature directorial debut in this haunting mood piece about a brother and sister who are left by their parents to tend to the family’s farm in the 19th-century West. Tethered to isolation by the vast mountain range before them, they discover the horrors a mind can play when left to its own devices, and the deeper disquiet of time’s passage. Daneau couldn’t have chosen a tougher platform for his first time out, asking very young actors to command the screen alone for the film’s entirety with sparse dialogue and action. As the children, Madison Davenport (Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl) and Jake Johnson are as stiff as Daneau’s technique, but nothing in the movie is devoid of promising qualities. There are moments of genuine intensity, born out of Attic’s bold silence, and Susie Bench’s (correction – Kristin Øhrn Dyrud) mournful score is a standout. Now that he’s worked out some kinks, look for Daneau to progress even further on his next outing.

Link to original article (Orlando Weekly)

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Late Night DVD Testing

Erica Harrell
Producer

Sometimes its funny what my job as a producer entails. For instance, we have stumbled upon a batch of bad burned DVDs which means that every single DVD we now have cannot just be sent out even if it plays perfectly well in our Macs. Danny discovered the bad DVDs last week after he sent me a few.
He insisted I test each and every DVD in a real DVD player before sending out the movie to festivals as a screener. For me finding the time to sit in front of a tv and make sure a DVD is playing properly is really hard to do. However, tonight after working for 13 hours, my wonderful cousin Charlie randomly showed up at my apartment with a pizza and plenty of time to kill.

Bryce and I decided this was a good opportunity to show him, and our house guest Nick, the film. Having an audience experience something that you have worked so hard on really brings back the nostalgia of production. Like Jackie Rife (our biggest local Kanab, Utah supporter and former stunt woman) said, that red dirt is in my blood and I really miss Utah right now.

Even Bryce, who is usually nonchalant about his involvement in the film loves telling people about how he climbed up on that ladder and built that windmill. His new addition to that story is … “look it made it into the poster obviously it is important”.

I am happy to report that the DVD worked perfectly fine and I will be sending it out tomorrow to a lucky sales company. :)

Take Care!

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More Behind the Scenes Images

Fresh from the press section, check out some more behind the scenes images.

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Behind the Scenes - 18 Behind the Scenes - 24 Behind the Scenes - 05 Behind the Scenes - 23 Behind the Scenes - 16

Behind the Scenes - 19
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Special Screening At Florida Film Festival!

We are proud to share a special test screening at our home town festival in Orlando: the Florida Film Festival. This is a one night only ticket so if you are in the area please buy now, tickets are going fast!

You can purchase tickets here.

A lot of the crew will be at the screening, including director Danny Daneau, producer Erica Harrell, writer Eric Ernst, and production designer Alex Eastwood. It’s going to be a great time and we cannot wait to share with all our friends, family, and supporters!

Florida Film Festival 2009

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Our Theatrical Poster(s)

Danny Daneau
Director

Today is a big day, as I am proud to present our theatrical poster! Over the past few months we’ve worked with the very talented artist, Julie McLaughlin, on creating a poster that captures our film with minimal use of line, type, and color. We’ve chosen two color schemes and would love to here which ones you like best. Please leave us comments below.

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The Attic Door Theatrical Poster 1 - Designed by Julie McLaughlin The Attic Door Theatrical Poster 2 - Designed by Julie McLaughlin
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How to Make a Blu-Ray with Mac (Apple)

Danny Daneau
Director

I am going to part from my normal blogging today and post a technical walkthrough on how to successfully create a beautiful HD Blu-Ray disk using Apple Compressor, Mpeg Streamclip, and Toast 10. This is something I discovered through much trial and error while working on creating a Blu-Ray screener disk and thought it would be a good idea to share my experience. Hope this helps others trying to find the best workaround.
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