Friday, July 28, 2006

A Little Behind Schedule, Post-Production Completes

Final mastering of our upcoming movie '9/11 Press For Truth' ran into a few technical difficulties, causing the filmmakers to miss the distributor-appointed deadline of July 23 by a few days.

A major blackout in Queens, NY, caused our sound engineer Z Jadwick to relocate his entire studio of equipment to a Manhattan facility in order to complete audio mixing on deadline. To his credit, he still managed to conclude his work on-time despite the circumstances. His audio mix was finished when promised and extremely well done. Thanks, Z.

Once the audio mix and color timing were finished, the movie was encoded for DVD. But several digital flubs and a lately-discovered typo required that the movie be encoded two more times before it was ready for delivery to DVD distributors The Disinformation Company, who plan to release 'Press For Truth' in stores nationwide on Tues., Sept. 26th.

The next issue came when distributors MercuryMedia delivered the unfortunate news that certain of the television stations they were talking with in Europe would not accept the 52 min. television cut in our intended 1.78:1 "widescreen" aspect ratio. Editor Kozo Okumura, always willing to go above and beyond, thus spent an additional day performing a "pan and scan" to the TV version in order to make it an acceptable 1.33:1 "full screen" aspect ratio.

With the mastering to DigitalBeta of both the 84 min. theatrical cut and the 52 min. television cut, today post-production is finally complete. Co-producers Ray Nowosielski and John Duffy began developing 'Press For Truth' in August 2003, almost exactly three years ago. Pre-production began with the first investment on May 16, 2004. Total length of production: 804 days.

The filmmakers wish to thank all the investors, production personnel, and countless others who provided so much to this production. Now, it's ready for the world. Hopefully, audiences will decide that all the time and effort was worthwhile.

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