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The Last Day

Erica Harrell
Producer

Today is the last day of post-production on A Monster in the Attic! This news is very bittersweet for me, as Danny is currently at Local Hero doing the final layback while I am at work on Entourage. It feels weird to not be with Danny and the movie on its last day, but I am really excited about the film’s next step – a film festival run and distribution.

Last week we had the opportunity to screen the film with a full 5.1 mix in the screening facility at Would Work Sound with our engineer Evan Frankfort. It was awesome seeing and hearing the film for the first time on a big screen. While watching, I was also reflecting on how much we accomplished with this little film. Traveling with our cast and crew to a small town in Utah that is hours from an airport, we built an amazing structure, faced flooding and unbearable heat and shot a period film with only two child actors. Then the film returned to both Los Angeles and Florida and went through a nearly year-long editing and special effects period.

While watching a finished film, it is easy to forget all of the hard work that goes into making it. So again, I thank everyone who helped make this movie possible; I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished and I can’t wait to share it with you with full sound and surprising color correction.

Another thing I realized while watching the film at Would Work is that I am ready to begin this process all over again. Apparently doing two features back to back didn’t teach me a lesson ;). I hope to work with many people from the Monster Crew again soon.

Tomorrow, Danny heads back to Orlando and I am truly going to miss him. Hopefully we will begin development on a new film very soon and I’m sure we will blog about that too! I can’t wait for the long iChat sessions and revision after revision because if there’s one thing I have learned from this film is that I love this process.

These are not easy times for Independent film or Independent filmmakers, but I am optimistic for our futures.

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Long Time No Blog

Erica Harrell
Producer

Hey… Soooo.. This is awkward…Its nice seeing you again blog. I’m sorry I haven’t written or visited you lately. Its been a tough/crazy/rewarding couple of months for us. Danny made a trip to LA and met up with our composer Kristin Dyrud and our Sound Mixer Erik Schuiten. I have been working at a breakneck pace on Entourage which also is why I haven’t been able to blog. But enough excuses…..

On Saturday April 19th, we had a wonderful day of ADR with our cast and Erik in his studio at Endless Noise. After the session we went up to the Johnsons’ house in Valencia California. The Johnsons and Davenports had a wonderful BBQ prepared for us!
Our little reunion included Cory Johnson, Carmen Tabanyi, Natalie Sakai, Kristin Dyrud, Bryce Hudson, Eric Ernst, Danny, and of course Madison, Jake, Caryn, Gage, and Zach!!!!!

It was really wonderful seeing everyone again and being able to relax and have a great time after all of the hard work that has gone into post production. Kristin and Natalie had a chance to meet some of the wonderful people that worked with us during production which is rare for a post producer and a composer.Thank you so much to The Johnsons and The Davenports!!! Check out all of the fun pics!

Our Hosts, Les and Teri Johnson - Picture Lock Party Our Hosts, Jennifer and Brandon Davenport - Picture Lock Party The Usual Suspects - Picture Lock Party Cheers - Picture Lock Party Danny Daneau and Carmen Tabanyi - Picture Lock Party The Moms - Jennifer Davenport and Teri Johnson - Picture Lock Party Natalie Sakai and Erica Harrell - Picture Lock Party How did Caryn Johnson get that..oh..it's Root Beer - Picture Lock Party Bryce Hudson, Natalie Sakai, Kristin Dyrud, and Scott Uhlfelder - Picture Lock PartyScott Uhlfelder and Bryce Hudson - Picture Lock Party Danny Daneau and Eric Ersnt Caught with Cake - Picture Lock Party Scott Uhlfelder - Picture Lock Party Erica Harrell and Eric Ersnt - Picture Lock Party Madison Davenport and Danny Daneau - Picture Lock Party Really Good Party - Picture Lock Party

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Music Scoring Session

Danny Daneau
Director

I am proud to announce that the score for our film is complete! Our composer, Kristin Øhrn Dyrud, did such an amazing job creating a complex and wonderful soundtrack. I cannot tell you how proud I am. The following video was from our scoring session on May 17th, 2008 at Stewart Levin Productions.

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Huge in Norway!

Danny Daneau
Director

Our music composer, Kristin Øhrn Dyrud, arrived back in her home country of Norway yesterday to find a nice little write up in the local paper. The article talks about Kristin’s career as a film composer and her work on our film! See the small picture below for a sample. We will try to get the text from the magazine and translate it for the blog readers rusty on their Norwegian Bokm�l.

Kristin Norway Paper

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10 Days Until Picture Lock

Danny Daneau
Director

I cannot believe it’s almost here. In ten days I’ll be locking the picture and sending the movie to my composer, sound designer, titles, and visual effects supervisor. I am feeling confident with the cut and feel I cannot learn anymore without hearing the sound mix and supporting music. There will, of course, be a period of final tweaking when all of this is complete, however the goal for picture lock is to have the film at at least 95%.

Nearing the end, I thought it would be nice to reflect on the road we’ve taken. Over the next ten days you will read ten blog highlights from different moments in the creation of the film. The series will be titled Looking Back.

Okay enough from me. It’s time I disappear back into my editing room cave. I do have a deadline fast approaching after all. Thanks to everyone sticking with us and following along on our production journey!!!

Sad Daneau in his editing cave.

[tags]Danny Daneau, Editing, Picture Lock, A Monster in the Attic[/tags]

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39 Days to Picture Lock – Podcast Series Coming Soon

Danny Daneau
Director

Today is our official End of Winter Pushathon. First up, we are pushing picture lock for one more week. The film is coming along wonderfully and in all scenarios we should have no problem making our March 31st deadline. However, the Florida Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival both collide over that two week stretch and I will be playing and working both festivals. We thought, might as well push another week and give me the freedom to travel to LA and share the cut in person with the sound designer, Erik Schuiten, and composer, Kristin Øhrn Dyrud.

Secondly, we’ve decided to push the video podcast series, Making a Monster, until spring of this year. There is a lot happening with our film. A lot of wonderful changes. We want to make sure the series most accuretly reflects the final film. Documentary filmmakers, Roman Safiullin and Chris Walker, have dug deep into the footage to create some amazing episodes. It’s hard for me not to share them all right now. But in the end, pushing is best for the film.

Okay, enough typing from me….back to the editing room.

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Kristin Øhrn Dyrud- The Monster Composer

Erica Harrell
Producer

In today’s blog I am proud to introduce our composer, Kristin Øhrn Dyrud. Kristin came to the film from a recommendation from colleague filmmakers Aaron King and Debby Wolfe, who had both worked with her on their most recent film projects. Kristin is from Norway and spent December working on our film from halfway across the world. Danny and I even were able to video chat with Kristin, again proving the usefulness of the iChat to A Monster in the Attic. She is now back in Los Angeles and will soon meet Danny in person for the first time!

Kristin finds influences from a wide range of music – everything from Bach, Rachmaninov, Grieg and Stravinsky to Bjork, Imogen Heap, Madonna, Ella Fitzgerald, Alison Krauss, and Lily Allen. Of film composers, she loves the work of Alexandre Desplat, John Powell, Christopher Young, Nicholas Hooper, Jon Brion and Thomas Newman, to mention a few.

Kristin had this to say about inspiration: “I get tremendously inspired by composers who incorporate everyday sounds in their music. Like Bjork, who made a whole song based on sounds from a basketball court. I also find inspiration in literature, abstract paintings, photography, nature, the sounds that surround me.”

For the Monster in the Attic score, Kristin was delighted to be brought into the process so early in the process. She gave herself plenty of time to sit with the film in order to truly understand our characters and their journey. Danny and Kristin decided that there would be very few instruments in the score, but those would be utilized in as many different – and sometimes unconventional – ways as possible.

More from Kristin after the jump:

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