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“The Final Illusion” Achieves Picture Lock

Its been a long road, but we've finally made it. Just last week, my editor (Evan Scott) and I locked the final cut of The Final Illusion. Without credits, the film runs 7:14, a bit under our initial goal of an 8 minute cut. Now the other post-production departments kick into high gear, as our sound design, musical score, and visual effects all begin to work in earnest. My hope is to finalize the film by the end of 2013, and though I'll be busy on set for much of December, I have faith in the work that is already underway.

I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who's been involved in the production, many of you since the first days of principal photography, and the many more who joined the shoot for a day of additional shooting over the summer. This has been, more than any other project I've undertaken, a hugely collaborative effort, and if it wasn't for the hard work and dedication of so many people, including all of you who donated to the IndieGoGo that allowed me to fund the development of our 35mm film, there would be no movie to show.

My sincere hope is to have a finished version ready to distribute to the cast and crew before Christmas, at least through a private Vimeo link, with physical copies to follow shortly thereafter. I can guarantee there'll be plenty of interesting stuff on the Bluray/DVD including a slew of deleted scenes and some extended versions of the sequences that you'll see in the final cut. Everything really took shape in the editing room, and even though we made a lot of hard cuts, I think we've arrived at the strongest possible version of the film.

There will be more updates regarding post in the next few weeks, as well as festival submission announcements early next year. Hope you all stay tuned for updates.

Thank you again,

-Ryan

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