May102013
May82013

A huge THANK YOU to all of our donors and supporters! Thanks to you we have reached our minimum budget of $5,000! We are so incredibly grateful for your support, and generosity.

As we move into the final weeks of pre-production, the major challenge is how we can best accomodate our ever-growing crew. We have so many incredibly passionate and talented young filmmakers, its exciting!

We are moving forward to try and raise the final $2,200 needed to reach our ideal budget, that is, the budget that would allow us to have a more creativity and ingenuity on set.

If you have already financially supported this project, thank you! Thank you so much for believing in the vision of this story. Please continue to spread the word and encourage others to support us as well.

If you have read our story and want to make an investment in the filmmakers you see before you, check out our new funding site here!

May the Lord bless you for your kindness. - The Frohe Ostern Team

May12013
Frohe Ostern is pleased to announce our newest crew member, Julia Swain who will serve as our Director of Photography. Julia is an award winning cinematographer based out of Los Angeles, CA, who is dedicated to creating stunning visuals for the screen. She is one of the few and talented MFA cinematographers at the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, having already shot many narrative films, commercials and television shows throughout her career. With an extensive background in both television and movies, Julia shoots for a variety of genres. She has also served as 2nd Unit DP to the talented Robert Kirbyson on films including the feature thriller Red Line which had its world premiere at the San Diego Film Festival and won. She’s also won Best Cinematography for films including Providence. For Julia, cinematography will always be a crucial element in elevating a story. 
Welcome to to the team, Julia! We’re thrilled to have you on board.
We have 5 days left to raise our minimum budget of $5,000! Please become part of the team by supporting us on our Kickstarter Campaign.
With humble gratitude, 
The Frohe Ostern Team

Frohe Ostern is pleased to announce our newest crew member, Julia Swain who will serve as our Director of Photography. Julia is an award winning cinematographer based out of Los Angeles, CA, who is dedicated to creating stunning visuals for the screen. She is one of the few and talented MFA cinematographers at the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, having already shot many narrative films, commercials and television shows throughout her career. With an extensive background in both television and movies, Julia shoots for a variety of genres. She has also served as 2nd Unit DP to the talented Robert Kirbyson on films including the feature thriller Red Line which had its world premiere at the San Diego Film Festival and won. She’s also won Best Cinematography for films including Providence. For Julia, cinematography will always be a crucial element in elevating a story. 

Welcome to to the team, Julia! We’re thrilled to have you on board.

We have 5 days left to raise our minimum budget of $5,000! Please become part of the team by supporting us on our Kickstarter Campaign.

With humble gratitude, 

The Frohe Ostern Team

April262013
Help us fight the good fight! Visit our Kickstarter Campaign to support our war efforts. 
With thanks, 
The Frohe Ostern Team

Help us fight the good fight! Visit our Kickstarter Campaign to support our war efforts. 

With thanks, 

The Frohe Ostern Team

April252013
Frohe Ostern! Can’t wait to tell this incredible story and give tribute to those who fought so bravely. #only$1500togonKickstarter
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/450183161/frohe-ostern-movie

Frohe Ostern! Can’t wait to tell this incredible story and give tribute to those who fought so bravely. #only$1500togonKickstarter

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/450183161/frohe-ostern-movie

April242013
April232013

CASTING IN THE CITY OF ANGELS

This day finally came. It all began at 4:30 am when we piled into our Director, David Cunningham’s car and in the dark of the early morning began our commute to the City of Angels, the city where the American dream can come true for anyone, Los Angeles.

This was the first professional casting call any of us had held and as we drove up the anxiety, fear and excitement increased. Would anyone show up? Which one of us should take what position that day? What if we don’t find the right actors? As we arrived at the casting offices we made an oh so necessary stop at Starbucks to caffeine up for our long day. We arrived at 6:30 am and would be casting until 8pm and we hoped and prayed that we’d find our main talent somewhere in the middle. Coffee in hand, we headed over to Metanoia Films where a friend of ours was waiting to let us in to use their casting offices. Although our friends at Metanoia are in no way associated with this project they were kind enough to open their doors to let us use their LA offices for our casting call so we could audition SAG AFTRA actors. Their offices are absolutely beautiful and so after we finished gawking we quickly got to work setting up for the arrival of our actors.

 8am came and went. No one arrived. 8:20 came and went. Still, no one. We all got a little nervous. What if no one comes? 8:30, crickets. A sick feeling entered our stomachs. 8:40, footsteps, a creak of a door hinge. Then, a big friendly smile, a hand shake, and an introduction. Thank God! Some one showed up! And so our day began. From then on there was a steady flow of actors auditioning. Some weren’t prepared at all, others blew our expectations out of the water. That day we listened to the same set of lines repeated over and over but each time someone was bringing something different to the roles (for better or worse) and we we’re quickly learning how to critique what we saw and get a better performance out of our actors. Our director took on that role and it was absolutely fantastic seeing him warm up to the role and with each actor he pulled a better performance out of them. We each got a taste of the professional world of film, and more specifically, casting.

It was important to us to greet each actor with a smile and make them feel comfortable and then if we didn’t get the performance out of them that we were looking for the first time, we gave them notes and asked them to take it from the top one more time.This really was such an important component both for us and for the actors so that they could build up some confidence. At one point our professor, Nathan Scoggins, was kind enough to stop in and see how we were doing and he even sat in on one of the auditions! He was able to pull a fantastic performance out of one particular actor and we were all blown away by the actor’s take on the scene. We all learned in that moment how important it is to have a confident director with a vision and I think it was really after that moment that our director really took off. It was clear that moment with Nathan Scoggins was a learning point for all of us and from then on it seemed our actors were able to show off more and more of their talent with the proper direction.

We learned so much more that day, it would be impossible to write it all down here and share it but I think we really conquered the unknown that day and now have an essential knowledge of how this whole process works that couldn’t have been taught in film school. There we were, casting in LA - something most people our age dream about. It was a profound experience and the best part is we found so much amazing talent our problem now is deciding who to cast. And what a great problem to have. Everything is really lining up for Frohe Ostern and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We still have $4,000 to raise in the next two weeks so if you like what we’re doing and want to be part of helping us make it all the way, please make sure to visit our donation page on our Kickstarter Campaign

May the Lord bless you profoundly, 

The Frohe Ostern Team

April202013
Casting Frohe Ostern in LA this morning! Thank you Metanoia Films!

Casting Frohe Ostern in LA this morning! Thank you Metanoia Films!

April192013
2PM
Hello everyone! Maria Mitchell here, the third producer on Frohe Ostern. Right now I’m pursuing my MBA in Producing and was really excited to be asked to join this project. This is the largest project and the biggest budget I’ve worked on to date and I am really enjoying the challenge of making this film a reality. Life as a producer sure is busy! Whether it’s helping draft a budget, location scouting, meeting with my fellow producers, developing a fundraising strategy, booking offices in LA for casting, or managing our social media presence my days are always full of logistics and I love it. It’s a lot of hard work, and I’d say the biggest challenge has been fundraising as we need to raise $7,000 to make this project a reality and as producers it’s our job to find donors so that our crew can go into production. It’s a heavy load to carry but we have already been shown so much generosity that I’m confident you out there reading this will help us make it to our goal. When I’m not producing I love to paint, visit the beach, cook Barefoot Contessa recipes, and explore San Diego! If you like what we’re doing and want to help us reach our goal please visit us on our Kickstarter Campaign and show your support with a donation. 
May God bless you profoundly, 
Maria K. Mitchell

Hello everyone! Maria Mitchell here, the third producer on Frohe Ostern. Right now I’m pursuing my MBA in Producing and was really excited to be asked to join this project. This is the largest project and the biggest budget I’ve worked on to date and I am really enjoying the challenge of making this film a reality. Life as a producer sure is busy! Whether it’s helping draft a budget, location scouting, meeting with my fellow producers, developing a fundraising strategy, booking offices in LA for casting, or managing our social media presence my days are always full of logistics and I love it. It’s a lot of hard work, and I’d say the biggest challenge has been fundraising as we need to raise $7,000 to make this project a reality and as producers it’s our job to find donors so that our crew can go into production. It’s a heavy load to carry but we have already been shown so much generosity that I’m confident you out there reading this will help us make it to our goal. When I’m not producing I love to paint, visit the beach, cook Barefoot Contessa recipes, and explore San Diego! If you like what we’re doing and want to help us reach our goal please visit us on our Kickstarter Campaign and show your support with a donation. 

May God bless you profoundly, 

Maria K. Mitchell

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