NOTE: This sneak peek was posted with permission from the producer.
After 4 intense months, Polycarp visual effects are now finished. I was privileged to be counted alongside many talented artists with such films in their repertoire as Iron Man 3, Jack the Giant Slayer, the Chronicles of Narnia, the Hobbit, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, The Avengers, Man of Steel, Ace Wonder, Beyond the Mask, Return to the Hiding Place and more.
Wow! Some of the hardest and most enjoyable shots I have ever done. Of the 137 vfx shots, I had a hand in over 34 shots and 6321 frames, ranging from simple set extension and boom removal to intense compositing and particle simulation. I even had fun replacing a character's shoulder to maintain wardrobe continuity. (Don't ask which shot 'cause I'm not allowed to tell.) It certainly was a record breaking time... like 46 hours running on 4 hours of sleep the last two days before the deadline.
I received this kind endorsement from my awesome visual effects supervisor:
"Shad was a pleasure to work with. Very friendly, flexible, and adaptable. During the crazy parts of Polycarp's VFX process, he was able to take on several developing shots at once, as shot elements traded hands and versions. Also, he was able to quickly learn Polycarp's rigid technical workflow and maintain consistency throughout the project. At several points he was able to discover creative solutions to compositing problems we had. A+++++ would work with again!"
- David Heustis, Visual Effects Supervisor for Ace Wonder and Polycarp
Enough of the shameful plug... it truly has been extremely exciting to see how much depth and scale all the vfx shots added to this movie.
Composer, Ben Botkin, announced a few weeks ago the completion of the music. As I write, the film is undergoing its final color grade and sound mix. It's amazing to think that in only a few more days... after nearly 3 years of work... the film will be finally finished. But don't get your hopes up. The release is still a ways away.
One day I hope to post photos, videos, and shot breakdowns from the process, but for now this post will have to suffice.
I want to give a quick shout out to some of the awesome guys who have been key to this final stage in the process. 1) Director, Joe Henline. You'd never guess this is his first feature film. 2) Producer, Scott Eash. Hiring the right people for the right job sounds easy, but if it is not done well, the film could fall apart. Scott is tirelessly working to make the film as good as it can possibly be. 3) Visual effects supervisor, David Heustis. David's enthusiasm puts the "super" in "supervisor." His technical knowledge seems endless and he always had a word of encouragement and solutions when the going got tough. 4), composer, Ben Botkin. I've been a huge fan of Ben's music for years and I absolutely love what he created with the soundtrack. (Rumor has it that a sample will be released soon). 5) Editor, John-Clay Burnett. 6) Sound editor Nathan Ashton.
And the list could go on. In fact you can view them at IMDb.com.
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It's finally here! The first extensive look at the Behind the Scenes of Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods (Also, check out the new website designed by ShadEash.com).
This BTS video has been in the works, off and on, since September of 2013. In February, I went back to Ohio to film several more interviews including one with Nathan Ham (son of Answers in Genesis founder, Ken Ham).
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Directed and Produced by: Shad Eash
Camera: Shad Eash
Additional Camera: Caleb Hurt, Josiah Einwechter, Joe Henline, David Cook, Nathanial Jacobson
Editing and Post Production: Shad Eash
Filmed on the Canon 6D, Canon 7D, Canon 5D Mark II, and GoPro
The cat's out of the bag! There's a new feature film coming from the team that brought you the award-winning "Lady Jane Grey" and "I Don't Believe in Guns." Read the press release below. But first the credits:
Full Title: Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods
Directed by: Joe Henline
Written by: Jerica Henline
Produced by: Scott Eash
Production Manager: David Cook
Based on the coming novel by: Rick Lambert
Teaser Poster by: ShadEash.com
'Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods' has been announced as the next film project from Joe and Jerica Henline, an award-winning brother and sister filmmaking team. 'Polycarp' will be their first feature and the first film made under the banner of Henline Productions, formerly J&J Productions. Joe will direct and Jerica will write the screenplay. The full-length feature film, based on a novel authored by Pastor Rick Lambert, will depict the story of second century church father, Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna, who faced severe persecution at the hand of Roman oppressors. Joe and Jerica's father and also the film's executive producer, Jerry Henline, says, “We are seeking to use the medium of film to inspire today's generation to stand for their faith against all opposition.”
Joe (age 17) and Jerica (age 19) were the filmmakers behind last year's 'Lady Jane Grey,' a short film that earned them the Best Young Filmmaker award at the 2012 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, Best Young Filmmaker at the GloryReelz Christian Film Festival, Golden Crown Award (Best Student Production) at the International Christian Visual Media Festival, Best Young Filmmaker at The Attic Film Festival, and finalist nominees at others.
The Henlines are assembling a professional film crew with experience in a variety of independent Christian films. “The pieces are falling into place,” says Jerry Henline, “and we are excited about the team that is working with us to produce a film with excellence and for the glory of God.”
Like most independent films, 'Polycarp' will be made with the combined efforts of many talented actors and crew members. Films on this scale are made possible only by prayer and financial support from people who strongly believe in the film's mission.
Information about the production and release of 'Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods' will be announced at the website of Henline Productions: www.henlineproductions.com.
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