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“Remember” Release Date

Our upcoming feature film, “Remember,” will be released on DVD the end of September. Our Pre-Release Premier showing at the Napier Theatre in Drumheller was to a packed theatre and ended with two standing ovations! Thanks, Drumheller! Look for a showing in Calgary late in September or early October. Pre-order your DVD now at a limited time discount.

Raising Entrepreneurs

I was sent a link to this great video by a Canadian entrepreneur.  You can tell by his speech that he is likely not a believer, but he has great things to say about raising your children to be entrepreneurs.  Well worth the twenty minutes!


Composer Announcement1

We are very pleased to announce Andre Forbes as the composer of the original score for Entrusted With Arrows.  Jurgen Beck needed to step back from his commitment as composer due to his wife’s health challenges. Please continue to pray for Shawn’s full recovery from her cancer treatments.  Jurgen is now Executive Music Producer, acting as director and mentor for Andre.  Andre was chosen as composer in early March due in large part to the excellent job he did scoring our trailers.  Since that time he has been producing excellent music for the film, which is a joy to listen to.  We can’t wait to share it with the world on June 1st! Now we have the talent of two excellent composer collaborating for the success of our film.  What a blessing for us all. Check out Andre Forbes’ work at


Working on Trailers

Dallas is busy putting together a few trailers for Entrusted With Arrows. He has sent a teaser trailer to Andre Forbes, who has offered to compose the music for our trailers! Thanks, Andre!


Loose Ends

The locked version is in the hands of our composer, Jurgen Beck. Please pray for Jurgen’s wife, Shawn, as she is now recovering from surgery for breast cancer and for creativity and wisdom for Jurgen as he composes the score.
We now have a few other items to take care of.  We are refining all the text portions of the film, which is relatively easy.  One of the most difficult jobs is “cleaning sound.”  One of our interviews had an air conditioner running in the background, which gives a very loud hum.  When cutting in and out between others’ interviews this hum is very noticeable, so we are taking on the job of removing it.  This is a very difficult process and usually leaves an unnatural vocal tract.  I think of it as an icy sound with lots of pops and other artifacts.  Others liken it to recording in a glass bottle. We need prayer on this one!  We are also working on the special features and trailers.  The special features will include a full interview for each family.  This will be full of the wisdom that had to be edited out of the main feature, so I’m hoping people will take the time to watch these!



Yes!  We have finished editing and have sent our locked version to our composer, Jurgen Beck, for the score. A locked version is basically a promise to the composer that we will not tinker with any of the time code, so that he can confidently do his work.  Dallas still has a small amount of work to do with the graphics and text, but this won’t change the timing of what we sent to Jurgen.  Next is work on a trailer and special features.  I am working on the script of our next mini-project, an educational film about the definition of urban and rural. We have a goal of pre-production, filming and post in one week.  We’ll see!  We are also brainstorming for a new major project. Our goal is to be increasingly time efficient!


Narration is Done

Last week we recorded the final take of our “readers.”  Dustin’s good friend, Jason Buzzard, has a nice deep, resonant voice and did a really nice job of reading the male voice.  Shauna (my wife, Dallas’ mom) did the female voice.  Throughout the film there are quotes from the web, books and scripture.  Their job was to put voice to the text as the viewer reads it. Thank you Jason and Shauna!  I wish we had taken a photo of your recording sessions!

We also found a fairly major mistake in time to correct it.  One piece of the host’s narration was in the wrong place and the piece that was supposed to be there was never recorded!  It was good to find this in time to correct it.  We had a mini-taping session in the backyard in front of the greenscreen, which enabled us to put me (the “host”) in the downtown setting where the rest of the narration takes place.  We did it outdoors to have the same lighting as the sun shone in my eyes, making me squint. :0) Fortunately, it was only a few sentences and Dallas did a great job of making it fit right in!


Arrow Shots

Today we went out to Erdmans’ farm to “shoot” Daryl “shooting.” Arrows, that is. We needed a model to shoot for a silhouette of a warrior archer in the act of shooting. We found a nice outcrop of sandstone with bare trees behind. Very nice shot, I think. Dallas will be taking the footage and adapting it for the title sequence of Entrusted with Arrows. We are very close to a locked version, which we will send to Jurgen Beck for the original score.


Edit of “Entrusted With Arrows”

We forgot to tell you that last week we got our edit down to 57 minutes! Exciting! (For us anyway :0) ) This took a lot of prayer and thought, as our “interviewees” gave us such wonderful material to work with. The difficulty was deciding what NOT to use. Very difficult! It’s a rather unique link we have built with each person we interviewed, as we daily watch and listen to what they had to say as we edit. It is painful each time we have to hit the delete button! We have decided that because there is so much helpful material, and that no audience wants to watch a three hour documentary, that in our special features we will have a mini-documentary for each family. Unfortunately, we are not able to use the children’s interviews in the main feature – we’re sad about that! But we will include them in the special features mini-docs. I feel badly when we have someone do an interview, then we don’t use it. It feels disrespectful to what they had to say. Hopefully people will watch the mini-docs and benefit from the wisdom and experience these people have to share!

We now well on our way to inserting “B-roll” over the interviews. Dallas has created a new “Documentary Snapshot” that has a bit of a different look than it did in November. This due to the new B-roll and the narration placeholders. (We have a still shot of our location covering a rough reading of each narration sequence.) Compare to November 23. Dallas says to tell you that if this one looks longer, it’s because it has a more frequent frame capture.


Filming Narration

You may recall that after our trip, our camera started to literally fall apart. We are very thankful that we are able to borrow a Canon Vixia hv30 to film our narration sequences. Thanks to our friend, Sharon Krushel, for sending it down from the far north! Meanwhile, during our trip and since, we have been writing and rewriting the script for narrations. It feels a little better each time, but when is it truly finished? I guess the answer to that is – tomorrow, since that is when we begin filming. Our desire was to film outdoors before the snow started to fly, so we would have an autumn look. Two blizzards with four foot drifts and a -30º deep freeze have definitely eliminated all feelings of fall. It is definitely winter! The good news is that Monday’s -34º has given way to temperatures around the freezing mark, so it is much more manageable weather for us to film outdoors. We will try to minimize the snow in our shots and still go for the “autumn look” as much as our location will allow. We are also praying for sunny skies and minimal winds. We will film indoors, as well, to see which has the better look.