Behind the Curtain of Night hits the cinemas
After we had prepared for a re-shoot of Behind the Curtain of Night based on Dalibor Stach’s original vision of we received an offer for the previously produced film material. We have discussed the damage done by Mr. Milan Fridrich with our lawyers and arrived at a decision not to waste the priceless material created by all the hard working filmmakers had so who passionately worked on the movie.
There are 6 extra shooting days (about 20 minutes of footage) in the pipeline to add more material to fill in the logical and the story gaps created by the original production team. The last shooting day in the fall is quickly approaching. The original production team decided on 20.8.2015 not to finish the movie. Furthermore, the production did not reshoot all the scenes with a newly cast actress and Dawn Olivieri and sent the unfinished film to post-production with a goal to get the movie screened at the cinemas in the fall of 2015 at all cost.
This decision did not only make sense, it was also not specifically stated in the agreements and contracts either. The movie composer was available to work on the movie in the spring of 2016 at the earliest. The decision to send the unfinished movie to the post-production in a hurry had caused severe editing challenges. The director and the current score composer have worked together tirelessly ever since to find a way to flawlessly embed the newly cast actress in question into the story. On top of that, they also had to solve a few more editing issues involving other actors.
Overcoming all the mentioned difficulties and aligning them with the director’s original vision marked a key moment for the film and for the very moving story.
In the end, it all worked out perfectly and a compact and robust movie dealing with the experience of a person going through a clinical death is being test screened. Moreover, it is favorably evaluated by a demanding test audience.
There is still a lot of work ahead of us but we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.