Healed By Grace Sequel Cast & Crew
My name is David Matthew Weese, and I want to ask for your help in supporting the marvelously talented cast of "Healed By Grace II - Ten Days of Grace" as we work toward a Spring 2017 release. This is my seventh motion picture - a sequel to "Healed By Grace " which was released in 2012. That film has touched millions of lives through broadcast on TBN, UpLiftTV, ParablesHD, and others in addition to selling nearly 300,000 DVD's worldwide!
Now, the story continues...
Turns out that Gauff - the cantankerous horse trainer - has a dark past that includes a messy divorce and hopelessly strained relationship with his adult daughter Brandy, who won't even speak to him. But when Brandy experiences a health scare, Gauff finds himself looking after his 14 year old girl granddaughter - whom he was unaware of just days before! It's a heartwarming tale of connection and reconciliation set in a scenic and inspiring equestrian setting.
Why This Campaign...
Now I'd like to explain why I am approaching this movie differently. My past films were funded by distributors. That takes financial pressure off - so you can focus on being creative. But it also means giving away ownership and/or control of the film early in the process.
As I was developing as a filmmaker, that was a fair tradeoff. But it's time to declare independence from distributor funding, retain control of the movie, and carve out a bright future for the "Healed By Grace" universe and cast.
The Outlook for the Movie
The good news is that enthusiasm is high based on the strength of the original Healed By Grace and my work for the past 8 years. Every distributor I talk to is interested in it. So we can be confident that this film will find it's audience.
However, that's all future tense... TODAY I need to pay my cast and take financial pressure off the production so we can focus at this key moment in making the VERY BEST MOVIE POSSIBLE. That's where you can help.
You may not realize that actors working on independent films in the midwest typically make ZERO. They do it for the love of it - in the hopes that the picture will be successful and be a stepping stone to something better.
I, on the other hand, have always paid my actors for their time, and the total cost for the cast and crew, plus food, reimbursement for travel, comes out to just under $10,000 - so that's where we could use your help.
Because "Healed By Grace 2" builds on a proven success, it stands to be a real boon to the careers of everyone involved. This amazing cast not only deserves to be compensated, but also to have the opportunity to grow with Blended Planet Pictures through future films and shows. They DESERVE it.
What About Extra Funds?
It all goes toward keeping these actors working! A third film in the Healed By Grace series has already been plotted and an episodic show is being developed as well. We KNOW there's an enthusiastic audience for this series, and we want to sieze the day and focus on making YOUR movie the best it can be.
Updates & Stuff
I'll be posting frequent updates as we progress in order to keep you in the loop, because this is OUR movie. Thanks in advance for helping us make it great!
David Matthew Weese
Blended Planet Pictures
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Official Movie Site
This involves isolating dialogue from background ambience, noise reduction, eq to match up audio from different microphones, adding ambient background audio and sound effects back in, you get the idea. So that's chugging forward nicely.
Once that's done I'll get back to the musical score and songs, and then we will have a finished movie!
Never fear! I have not skipped the country! In fact, here's a detailed report for ya! Thanks, Cal, for the gentle kick in the pants - you know who you are!
Now, obviously we raised $2020 here on gofundme, and that's AWESOME! Unfortunately, that's not near what it actually cost - the acting budget landed - as predicted - at just south of $10,000 - including Sean Young, who seems to have been a good investment. She has a loooong line of credits over the years in roles opposite well known leading men like Harrison Ford, Nicholas Cage and Jim Carrey - and that's helped spur interest in the picture (notice the clever horse reference there - 'spur'?).
Fact is, we live in a time where finding your audience is NOT always about the quality of the story or even the acting or production values, it's also about who's in it. And to an extent that's understandable...so that's why I hired Sean.
Back to the recap - the actual *shoot* was completed a couple months ago. Editing the film has been moving at a decent clip, although the process was slowed a bit as I spent many weeks going back and forth with various distributors, trying to put together the best distribution path for the film - so that was a bit time consuming. But Healed By Grace 2 is about 2/3 edited at this point.
I hope to have the film done being edited in November, do the music and score in Dec-Jan, then with finishing touches we hope to have a movie ready to hit the - well, maybe theaters, maybe stores, not quite sure exactly yet, but it'll definitely land somewhere! I'm including the poster here and the trailer link as well :
That one-two punch (the trailer and poster) has caused quite a stir apparently, as many foreign buyers at the American Film Market in Santa Monica have taken a keen interest in this movie. I have not yet gotten the full report from the west coast, but all in all, everything is sputtering forward more-or-less on schedule and the pieces seem to be in place to reach a very wide audience.