Posts Tagged ‘post-production’

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From the Producer’s Corner

by Andrea Adams
March 9th, 2012

It’s been six months since our last blog entry. While it pains me to write this fact, we have certainly not been idle. After extensive internal discussion, we ended up re-editing a lot of what had already been completed, cutting out story lines and angles that were ultimately felt to be unnecessary to the most important goal of My Amityville Horror: portraying Daniel Lutz’s point of view and relating in an interesting and cinematic way what truly was and remains his Amityville horror. In turn, the documentary is stronger, leaner and flows very well. This is fantastic to relate as many of the decisions that brought us to this point were strongly debated during production meetings.

This is where we are now. We are nearing completion in post on our newly recut documentary, awaiting final sound (design and mix done by Ronnie van der Veer) and score (composed for us by Herman Witkam). We are excited to have a soundtrack to the film that will accentuate the emotions elicited by our subjects and are eager to finally have a finished work that we can truly be proud of – especially because we are so looking forward to sharing the film with all of you.


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A Look Inside: Producer’s Q&A

by Michelle Paster
September 9th, 2011

Associate Producer, Michelle Paster, throws Q&A towards the Producers: John Blythe and Andrea Adams.

Michelle Paster: Why Amityville – why did you decide to get involved in the project?

John Blythe: I am an entrepreneurial film producer and am President of Film Regions International, Inc. I’ve always had appreciation of ‘haunted house’ stories such as House of Haunted HillThe House That Dripped BloodPoltergeist and 1979’s The Amityville Horror starring James Brolin and Margot Kidder. My Amityville Horror is a documentary; not a horror flick, but I believe the horror audience will appreciate it.

How I became involved with this project is unique. I had remembered this Unsolved Mysteries case I saw at an early age involving an alleged haunted house in Horicon, Wisconsin back in the late 1980’s. So in June, 2009, I was researching this story and came across an editorial by a filmmaker named Eric Walter, which he was discussing the similarities to that story with the infamous Amityville story.

When I emailed Eric, I indicated the Horicon story would make a great horror film, and it was something that I had thought about wanting to put on FRI’s future film slate. It was when I realized he was living in Santa Monica that we both met up and discussed that particular story. During the course of our discussion, he had indicated that he was in communication with an “unnamed person” who was somehow involved in the Amityville case. Eric would be flying to New York to meet this person.

About a month had passed and we met up again and he stated this “person” was Daniel Lutz, one of the children who lived in the actual Amityville house on Long Island. This house haunting inspired the best selling novel and the entire film franchise. Seeing that this was an untold story about an already world renowned case, sparked my interest. I offered for Eric to join my company in order to raise enough financing to get the project off the ground.

Andrea Adams: I was working a day job in development that I felt underappreciated in and so therefore, it was becoming thankless. One weekend, a college friend, Nate Hoeft, asked if I might be interested in meeting with his friend, who was looking for a producer for a documentary he was doing. Having produced many independent projects in my spare time, I was intrigued but somewhat turned off by the documentary aspect, figuring it was a dry topic. However, when I met Eric and John, they pitched me their vision and showed me a seven minute sizzle reel of Daniel Lutz. I was captivated by the subject, the inherent interest in Amityville, as well as Eric’s intensity and knowledge about the subject.

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The Real Amityville Horror

by Eric Walter
May 27th, 2011

I did something interesting recently. I went back and reread The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson, something that I haven’t done in a number of years. As a kid, I couldn’t put the book down, and as many people who are interested in this topic have, I went about doing my own research into the story. And now, many years later, I’m sitting in post-production on the very documentary that I, as a fellow Amityville enthusiast, have been waiting to see: testimony from someone other than George and Kathy Lutz about their experiences inside the house. But, not just that – an examination of the psychological effects this story has had on Daniel Lutz’s life.

It was interesting revisiting Jay Anson’s book. His retelling of the Lutzes’ haunting claims is, without a doubt, the most effective account ever put into print, despite the multitude of books and films on the subject. Sadly though, I have to wonder why George and Kathy would have allowed the book to be fictionalized to such a degree if they were so concerned, as the book states, “that too much was being overstated and exaggerated.”

From its very outset, the Lutzes’ story was tainted by the media and its apparent hunger to sensationalize their experiences. On the heels of another recently announced Amityville film, The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes, which curiously seems to mimic Laura DiDio’s role in the case, it seems no one is safe from the Amityville machine.

The real Amityville Horror isn’t just what has happened in the past, but how it has continued to manifest itself in the present. Did any of it really happen? I feel the real story here is one that has never been told. It’s that gray area. It’s a story about the dynamics within the Lutz family at the time. In the end, the ghost stories are just that – stories. No one can confirm or deny their veracity. But, there’s no question these events, hoax or not, had an enormous impact on each member of the Lutz family in different ways. That’s what I’m interested in and that’s exactly what I believe will set this documentary apart from competing material.


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Notes from the Producer’s Corner

by Andrea Adams
April 1st, 2011

I know it’s been a while since my last post, but so much has happened that it’s been hard to catch a breath and sit down to write.  Those of us in Los Angeles (myself, Eric, John) flew to New York in February for our second phase of production and I think it went awesome.  For those of you who have worked in indie films, you know it’s hard to stop running around taking care of your to-do list for enough time to check on what’s actually being filmed.  It’s like being a parent – before you are able to take a look around, your kids are grown up and your job is done.  However, I sneakily managed to worm myself into the woodwork a few times and I can say that I am genuinely excited by the footage I was able to watch.  Without giving anything away (because I want you guys to see the film when it comes out), there are subjects and revelations that are going to rock the Amityville community – this, coming from someone like me, who as I’ve mentioned, was an Amityville amateur prior to becoming involved.

Despite the stress of cramming everything we needed to do in a short time span, our fantastic crew was in good spirits.  It was definitely great to put faces to the names and email addresses that I’d been communicating with from Los Angeles.  It was also really inspiring to see everyone come together and really work to pull it off, even though there were days when I’m sure everyone had a latent desire to strangle someone…namely, the day we had to do an entire company move and reset from Queens to Brooklyn, which we only found out about the day before. Many times we were even able to find humor in the stress, although the exhaustion most of us were dealing with may have had a great deal to do with that humor.

And now, it’s off to the races with post production.  We’ve got a ton of footage to sift through so thank God for our director’s vision – he knows what he wants and while that won’t make editing a walk in the park, it will certainly make it easier.  We’re also fine-tuning our press and publicity plan as well as our targeted festival entries.  We have pinpointed the festival we’d like to premiere My Amityville Horror at chosen now.  Can you guess which one?

Our idea had been to keep a pretty tight lid on everything until we felt really ready to promote My Amityville Horror, but a couple of sites got the jump on us (as you know if you follow the Twitter or Facebook feed).  However, it’s nice to know that people are interested and excited enough about our project that they’re posting about it.