WELCOME TO THE LAND
WHAT – THE STORY
The Land is a suspense drama about two youths who share the American dream but not the resources to achieve it; Their divergent paths lead back through the Pine Curtain of their native East Texas which hides a truth that will change their lives forever.
The story is about justice and fate which pit luck and opportunity against harsh reality. An unplanned reunion sheds light on the fork in the road of two young men for whom the world is anything but just.
WHEN – TIMELINE
The film negative has been cut to match the 16mm work print and the sound editing is finished. As the sound team of myself, Joe Mendoza, and Isaac Pena finish up the audio, the marketing team is planning our Indiegogo campaign, and festival submission plan. (check out the “Project Updates” link at the top for more information on progress).
WHY – THE IMPACT
Study of mythology shows that we communicate truths through story and that story is engrained in culture since the beginning. It’s part of the human DNA and movies are how we tell our stories in the modern era. I found myself in film school at age 20 where we are trained to develop our unique voices because this is an integral part of our storytelling culture, particularly in a democratic society. The independent film market has lost viability since the major media companies were sold to the conglomerates that took over the indie film festivals. Backing indie artists and joining the crowd of those artists that you identify with means that you support a unique, home grown voice and you have a say in the media that gets produced throughout the world.
HOW – THE METHOD
These days most films are shot using new digital cinema formats. Presented in rare form, The Land, shot on 16mm film in cinemascope widescreen has a unique look and feel. It was produced using 20th century, conventional methods which lends an extra element of authenticity to the story’s modern era problem. The production phase is done and the picture has been edited. The 16mm negative has been conformed to the edited work print and now we just need to get it scanned into 2K Digital Intermediate where it can be color corrected, titles and sound added and output to a DCI Master Print. This is the same workflow used on major motion pictures in Hollywood.
WHO – THE TEAM