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Local Hero Post

Danny Daneau
Director

Local Hero LogoThe Attic Door is a very large low budget film. Our production was continuously blessed with people and professionals who leant us a hand, or cut us a break. One of the greatest experiences we had was working intimately with Leandro Marini and his post production crew over at Local Hero Post. Scott Uhlfelder, the Director of Photography, and myself spent ten days in the darkness of the color correction suite searching the for the proper color choices for our final film.

This process is often overlooked and misunderstood by filmmakers. A proper D.I. (digital intermediate) is crucial to the storytelling. When filmmakers famously skip this process (PT Anderson for example), it is for a highly motivated and personal reason that is in tune with the central theme of the project. One only needs to watch what a proper DI can do to understand how important it is to the process.

Local Hero Post has included before and after video clips from our film on their site under “Main” and “Color Correct.” Check it out.

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2009! Another year with The Attic Door

Erica Harrell
Producer

Happy New Year!

2008 was completely filled with editing and the completion of post production on The Attic Door, in which we were fortunate enough to work with some really wonderful people. We now look to 2009 and cannot wait to embark on the film’s final journey, it’s exhibition. We cannot begin to express how fortunate we were to have made this film and how excited we are to share it with everyone, especially the people who have been following this film for a long time through our blogs, web series, and word of mouth. Stay tuned as we hope to be debuting the official theatrical poster within the next few weeks.

I found this great picture of Danny and I taken last January at Sundance and marvel at how much has changed since then.
Danny Daneau and Erica Harrell after panel at Sundance 2008

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Happy Holidays

Erica Harrell
Producer

I can’t believe Christmas is next week! On Monday Danny and I got together to do our annual The Attic Door Christmas cards (look for yours in the mail soon). We are so thankful to have such wonderful and loyal supporters of this film and many new friends of the film as well.

While filling out the hundereds of cards it was nice to think back on the wonderful people of Kanab, our stellar production crew and our wonderful post production team. Amother year and come and gone and we are so glad that you are in our lives. Please keep us updated on what you guys are working on, who you are dating or marrying, and all these other wonderful things that maybe going on in your lives.

And of course we will update you guys on the film’s progress and what is coming up for Danny, myself and Nightlight Pictures.

Merry Christmas And have a wonderful New Year!

Santa Visits Set in Kanab During Production - Actors Davenport and Johnson with siblings.
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Where are we Now???

Danny Daneau
Director

Thanks to everyone who helped make our BEHIND THE ATTIC DOOR podcast series such a success. For those of you new to the blog, we have received several emails wondering where the film is now in it’s production process. The video podcast series is set during the principle photography of our film during the summer of 2007. Over the past year and a half, we’ve edited, score, color corrected, and added all the final elements to finish the film. Currently, we are applying to film festivals and awaiting a premiere screening.

We documented the post production process on our blog and also cut together a few podcast along the way. Please check them out:

PICTURE LOCK!!!!

Director Danny Daneau shares the experience of the final two month crunch to get through the editing of the film.

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MUSIC SCORING LOCK!!!

Video from music scoring session on May 17th, 2008.

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Finished Film with A New Title

Finished Film with A New Title! from The Attic Door on Vimeo.

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TERRIFYINGLY LONELY – THE SCORE OF THE ATTIC DOOR – Part 2

Kristin Øhrn Dyrud
Composer

Second Part in a Series. Read Part 1.

Kristin Øhrn Dyrud, Composer Danny was very clear early in the process that he felt it was important to make this a silent score. We kept removing elements and stripping down the cues until only what was needed remained. There are cues in this movie that have 15 seconds of rests in them. There is something very uneasy with music not coming in when you expect it to. The Sheet Music We also had extreme dynamic ranges so that when the loud and scary moments happen in the film they seem even more powerful because of the contrasts to all the silence. Danny talked about having the music reflect the terrifying loneliness the characters are faced with. Scott Uhlfelder’s cinematography especially in the landscape scenes already reflects this and I tried to underline this by playing with open intervals, long rests, sliding strings and so on.

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All the preparations that I did on beforehand allowed me to do the actual scoring very quickly. From the time I received the final cut until we had recorded the score, there had only been 4 weeks. But this would have been much harder if I hadn’t had the chance to let the movie and the ideas mature gradually over time. The fact that I had a fantastic team, including violist Hillary Thomas who recorded string effects for demo purposes, copyist Matt Novack, conductor Susie Bench, engineers Alex Levin and Paul Apelgren, and of course the fantastic musicians (Nancy Roth, viola, Armen Ksajikian, cello and Karl Vincent, contrabass) made this not only much smoother, but also possible. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Danny, who is an incredibly talented filmmaker, and his wonderful team. I hope to get a chance to do it again very soon!
Cello - Armen Ksajikian Contrabass - Karl Vincent Viola - Nancy Roth Erica Harrell (Producer) and Eric Ernst (Writer) drop by the Session Alex Levy - Scoring Mixer Kristin Dyrud and Paul Apelgren prepare for the Scoring Session Mixing at Stewart Levin Productions Kristin Øhrn Dyrud, Composer

Learn more about Kristin by visiting her website: www.kristindyrud.com

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Terrifyingly Lonely – The Score of The Attic Door

Kristin Øhrn Dyrud
Composer

Part 1: The Beginning
Composer Kristin ÃØhrn Dyrud
Working on The Attic Door as a composer has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I was brought on board in the summer of 2007 when a mutual filmmaker friend brought Danny and me together. I was introduced to the story through communicating with Danny over email and reading the script. As the editing process started a few months later, I got the chance to watch different evolving versions of the film. After watching the first cut I spent a whole week, partially in a cold and quiet loft in Norway, which seemed to be a good environment to try to get underneath the skin of this movie. I focused solely on the film and its dramatic and emotional content without thinking of music at all. I felt it was crucial to understand the film 110 % to be able to come up with the right musical concept later. I had the luxury of time to do this and wanted to take full advantage of it. So I spent my time reflecting and doing research such as listening to a lot of contemporary music (Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Stephen Scott, John Cage) and watching movies with unusual scores (There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men).
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Finished Film with A New Title!


Finished Film with A New Title! from The Attic Door on Vimeo.

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