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Five Phases of Film: Post-production

After around 60-90 days of filming, you can edit your footage to make a full blown movie. Editing is where the magic happens; be it cutting, synchronizing sound, special effects, opening titles, closing credits, adding music, or adding narratives, post-production holds just as much weight as production. To get a glimpse of editing techniques and equipment, check out Shank FX’s step by step process of editing Interstellar’s black hole. Editing takes a lot of work and time from skilled professionals.

Meanwhile, the producer continues to work behind the scenes as the editing process forms the final product, which involves regularly making visits to the editing suite. When absent from the suite, producers expect updates through this journey and may be sent glimpses of the final product to ensure that progress is maintained. The Producer then keep investors or affiliates informed about the post-production process. Hence, having an experienced editing team is key to satisfying those closer to the top of the chain of film. Reliability is huge in each step of the process. In other words, the spotlight does not always fall on the actors; you must be ready to shine when it comes your way.

Our last phase takes place next week, make sure to check out our distribution phase!

Five Phases of Film: Introduction

Production may seem like a breeze, but this seamlessness is strung together by a myriad of operations and over a long period of time. Essentially, it is a lot of work to produce.

Princebury Productions & Media is offering a five-week series, with each week covering one phase of the production process in detail. Apart from learning life long skills in filmmaking, we will offer inside-the-industry tips for you to gain a competitive advantage and stand out like we do.

Here is a quick overview of what we will be covering in the following weeks:

  • Development: This phase begins with an idea, and ends with a check.  The point of this phase is to convince the investors the movie can be produced financially and conceptually, and to ultimately receive the green light.
  • Pre-Production: This period of time is used to prepare everything needed before filming. From budgets to storyboards to cast and crew, this phase lays out a timeline and schedule for the future.
  • Production: Time to film! Take the script from the development, and the schedule from the pre-production and turn it into raw footage.
  • Post-Production: Editing is where the magic happens. This phase is used to put on the final touches of the film, and lock it down before duplicating and distributing.
  • Distribution: Marketing, promotion, interviews, trailers and release dates all happen here; this is where you get to share the final project with the world!

Make sure to tune into our “Five-Phased Fridays” to learn more about the blood, sweat and tears that go into to producing the widely known medium of art today, film.

Princebury at Sundance

photo Sundance Film Festival takes place over 10 days in Park City every January.  With 46,731 attendees in 2012, it is one of the largest film festivals in the country.  Many famous actors and producers attend from all over the nation to premier their new films.

Princebury’s Greg Fox and I (Jeff) attended the festival during its last weekend.  With the San Diego Christian Film Festival only two months earlier, it was a great opportunity to attend a festival as a guest and see it from a different perspective.


Although we saw a few amazing films, one documentary definitely stood out.  “The Square” by Jehane Noujaim won the award “Audience Choice” in the “World Documentary” category.  The documentary was about the revolution in Egypt, which has been going on for the last two years.  For an event with such a large global impact, it has received too little coverage by the media.  It was very interesting to see the event through the eyes of the Egyptian revolutionaries themselves.

Overall, it was a great experience and we will definitely be back next year!  Princebury is also planning on submitting a documentary to next year’s festival, so be on the look out!

Where Passion is Taught, Success is Found

Approximately 93 percent of students in Finland graduate from high school, a whopping 17.5 percent higher than the United States. So what are we doing wrong?

The average elementary school student in the United States gets 30 minutes of recess, while the average student in Finland gets 75 minutes, and a 15 minute break after every lesson. New York City has the same number of teachers as Finland, but nearly double the amount of students. The average student in the United States starts school at age 4, while the average student in Finland starts at age 7. There is only one mandatory standardized test in Finland, that is not taken until age 16. Although sounding counter intuitive, Finland is ranked number one in the education system.

Our team at Princebury is producing a documentary on the education system. We met with schoollogoEscondido Charter High School to take a glimpse at an education system that is pushing the boundaries of our Westernized ideals. Looking up to Finland as a big brother, this high school has an education system that not only works, but has the numbers at the end of the day to prove it. In 1996, Escondido Charter’s President and Founder, Dennis “Coach” Snyder made it his personal mission to create a different kind of high school. With a strong emphasis on fundamentals and individual passions, they build from the ground up with every single student. When meeting with Mr. Snyder, passion rubbed off on you as you shook his hand. This was more than a job for him, this was a dream.

After walking onto the campus, you could immediately sense the calmness in the air. The students radiated a sense of independence and passion. This, indeed, was not your average American high school. We met with a small body of students in a entrepreneurship class to sit and talk to them about their experience and insight on their education. It only took one look into one of those students eyes to see they loved where they were. Bullying, lack of counseling, inadequate teachers, poor quality of lectures and lessons… these were just a few things that lead those students to the seats they sat in that day. They were there to fulfill their passions and prepare for their careers.


In the early 1930’s, a young girl at the age of 8 was taken to a psychologist by her mother for her lack of focus and under-performance at school. The girl was fidgety, and never paid attention in class, and her grades showed it. The teachers assumed she had a severe learning disorder and urged her mother to take immediate action. Little did her mother know, she was potentially putting her daughter’s future at stake. After endless questioning and analyzing, the psychologist asked to speak to the mother outside of the room away from the little girl. As he left the room with the mother, he turned on the radio. Once out of the room, he waited a moment and asked the mother to peek inside and watch her daughter. With awe, the mother watched her daughter rise to her feet and start to dance around the room as if it was her natural habitat. It was then the psychologist urged the mother to enroll her daughter into dance school. Today we know this young lady as Gillian Lynne: choreographer of “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera”. If her mother had taken solely the advice of the education system, she would have put her daughter on medication and sent her back to school. Gillian was not a poster child, she was a dancer. It took one man to see what others assumed was a disability, and allow what came naturally for her to emerge.

Gillian Lynne’s story should not be the exception. Our generation and the one’s after us should always have full range of choice: from getting a Ph.D to being an artist. It’s education systems like Escondido Charter that, like Gillian’s psychologist, bring out the very essence of a passion and continue to build a path for these students in the direction they naturally follow, not the path the education system tells them to follow.

DOONBY: The Provocative Movie Screenings in Washington, DC



WASHINGTON DC (Jan. 23, 2013) – Actress Jenn Gotzon, whose career broke after portraying President Nixon’s First Daughter Tricia Nixon in a small role in 2009 Academy Award Nominated Best Film “Frost/Nixon,” is set to grace the real Nation’s Capital, a four-year President’s term later, screening the first of her seven films she stars in to release 2013, “Doonby.”

Cast as the love interest opp. “The Dukes of Hazzard” heartthrob John Schneider in the British writer/director Peter Mackenzie film, Gotzon plays the wild leading lady, who’s both smitten with and suspicious of the chivalry, heroism and seeming omnipresence of her town’s newest resident, Sam Doonby.

“Jenn Gotzon reveals character with an extraordinary emotional range better than almost anyone in Hollywood today!” states Dr. Ted Baehr, critic and founder of top family film review site Movieguide.

The mystery movie praised by Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano states, “Doonby is a moving and thought-provoking psychological thriller…that will linger in your mind and obsess your consciousness”. The theme is pertinent to the debates of morality in our nation helping impact people’s choices in a positive manner. Within the film, a cameo role by Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade) making “Doonby” courageous to show in the Nation’s Capital during the March for Life’s 39th Anniversary. Both free film showings, Jan 24, 7pm at Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW and Jan 25, 4p at (Marriott) Residence Inn 333 E Street SW. Washington DC, are sponsored by NET TV, a new television station broadcasting uplifting movies through Verizon Fios Video on Demand in over 18 cities nationwide. “Doonby” actors Jenn Gotzon and Joe Estevez (host of NET TV’s Faith Film Festival) will be in attendance along with film’s director Peter Mackenzie and associate producer Steve Doherty.

Gotzon speaks up as a role model through her motivational program “Inspiring Audiences” to schools, churches and festivals across the country. Doherty manages her outreach program. She states, “With all the hopelessness and shootings, there’s an underlying root of destruction that is heartbreaking to our nation, our world. I seek films to work on that give back to humanity,” which is a core principal behind NET TV, where Gotzon, as of 2013, heralds as their spokesperson.

Scheduled for theatrical release this April, Gotzon plays a historical character in French & Indian War drama “Alone Yet Not Alone.” This spring, Gotzon’s slated to film family-action movie “Wheeler” with Jennifer Hudson, cowboy western “Gold Revenge” and Savannah based thriller “Sinking Sand.”

For more info, visit JennGotzon.com, DoonbyTheMovie.Com or NETny.net SDI Entertainment PR, Los Angeles, CA – sdi.entertainment.pr@gmail.com