We have picture lock and sound. The first render happens this weekend. Officially we are done!
We will be making renders for projection and blu-ray.
First screening is May 5th. It’s private for cast and crew only but later that month we will have a public screening in Ventura to be announced.
So it’s been awhile since I have posted anything on this film project.
We have been working on it silently for a long time now. I thought so many times it was done or nearly but many delays caused by life getting in the way have slowed it down.
I finally said enough is enough. Life be damned.
I started working daily, nightly and weekends. When you have people working for you for free you can’t blame them for putting work aside they’re not being paid for. Only when their time allows and I understand that. So if anyone is to blame for the year it has been since we finished shooting up until now for the slow pace of post production it’s me.
With Isaac Blair (our senior editor) finishing off the last of the composites myself and Balthazar Garcia (or recent assistant editor) I am happy to say as of yesterday the cut is done and we are starting in on the sound mix.
In addition to all that Paul Gentry is coming up next weekend to add and do some additional tweaking to sound and color grading.
This film will be done by next week. I am not going to allow for anymore time for it to be finished.
After I watched the entire cut yesterday, as far as I’m concerned, with the exception of some minor tweaking, it’s good to go. It is very much to my liking. It’s better than I could have hoped for.
After its finish next week I’m cutting a new trailer I’ll release shortly thereafter.
In May the first screenings will happen. At this time a general release is in question until we either market this to streaming or release it ourselves on Amazon. The first screenings will be cast and crew only. Later we will have a couple of public screenings.
Thanks to everyone that has helped us get this far.
Issac brought over the latest cut of the show and it was wonderful. It moved me to tears. What he has done with the edit and effects is better than I could have hoped for.
There is now only a tiny bit of clean up and color correction to go and then it’s on to the final sound mix.
This image is from the edit. A brilliant creative move on Issac’s part. A reflection on the glass from my grand father’s past experience.
We are at last close. But this has to be right because nothing like it has ever been done before.
“A New World” is a very different documentary on many levels. First of all, most films on this subject are all very similar. They often are over-dramatized, sensational “talking heads” documentaries that rehash the same cases over and over again. They have cheap special effects and re-enactments with actors.
Most importantly they are almost never honest, in-depth or soul searching. They don’t try to answer the greatest mystery of them all: Why? Why has a high intelligence taken such a deep interest in us? Where is this all leading? And who are we?
Think about it for a moment. None of us really know. You are alive in this immense Universe. There is so much more then the existence we have here on Earth. Our perspective is a small piece of a huge picture you rarely consider in your day to day life.
We are not small insignificant creatures as many people pontificate on social media. They say we aren’t worth it. They go on to state we are tiny and insignificant.
We are beings that can hold the vision of this immense universe within our minds. Even as I write this, I can see from Earth to the edge of our known universe and beyond to the multi-universe that exists beyond, and, at the same time, down to the atom and beyond.
Can other species of life on this planet do this? Do they understand the nature of mortality? We can and this makes us huge. This is a universe that wouldn’t exist without us here to perceive it. We are not alone this is an old cliché but true nonetheless.
This documentary will be an experience that will answer many questions never asked in the past. It will be a film experience that will take you on an incredible journey leaving you with a perspective of your reality that will change your consciousness. It will leave you with a perspective that I feel this experience with the Visitors is all about.
Be a part of this film. Your help is very important. Be part of history and a movement towards understanding our lives and relationship to the universe.
Other filmmakers have had their say and now it is time for truth. It’s time for the years of Whitley’s experience, study, and perspective to be heard in this definitive film, “A New World”.
https://www.gofundme.com/newworlddocumentary to donate
We are still tweaking the visual effects. The film is complete to the end credits but because we only have 3 people tweaking the otherwise finished effects it is taking longer than first thought. We do not have a battery of a 100 people in cubicles. We are close though.
We are winding down to our deadline to be finished. The 4th is picture lock and the show goes to Paul Gentry for timing. After that we have until 8th to be finished making sure that we are ready for the first private screening on the 16th of December. The pressure is on.
Here is a frame grab from a shot Isaac and i have been working on for awhile.