“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,



Acquisition of the MoVi 10 Gimbal System

Today is a proud day for the company, as we announce the final acquisition of the Freefly MoVi 10 Gimbal system. Announced at NAB 2013, the motorized gimbal can handle a payload of up to 12 lbs. and allows the operator to achieve shots previously only available with costly steadicam rigs and some which cannot be captured in any other way.

We've added a MoVi tab to our top menu bar, and you can find more information about the rig on that page. Feel free to contact us for a quote regarding the rates associated with renting the rig and our operator team by using the contact form here.

I'll leave you with a BTS video of the first shoot with the rig, helmed by the talented Vincent LaForet.

MōVI BTS from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.


Welcome To The Brand New ClimbingHigherPictures.Com

As is probably pretty obvious to anyone who's been coming to the site since we launched in 2009, this is our first major refresh. Our logo has gone through a period of redesign, and the motion version of it will make its debut attached to the non-festival version of The Final Illusion when it hits the web in 2014.

Moving around the site has been streamlined to our top menu bar, and some of the other features associated with the old layout that only served to add clutter to the space have been nixed. One of those, the Twitter integration, was a choice to keep our social media presence a more separate entity. The original Twitter feed is a personal account for our CEO, Ryan Hamelin, and not necessarily indicative of the views of the company as a whole. The account still exists, and can be accessed here.

As part of our consolidation efforts, our YouTube presence has been closed. There are many reasons for this, but mostly it was our preference for a Vimeo embed layout, and the fact that the majority of our video content was already hosted publicly and privately on Vimeo. There may be instances in the future where we choose to debut a project in the more public setting that YouTube provides, and we will keep our options open in this regard.

There will be a number of updates to the site coming in the next few days, including the announcement of some exciting new technology that we hope to incorporate into future projects and rent out for use on other shoots. We don't want to spoil the surprise by saying anything more now, but suffice it to say that there's exciting things on the horizon.

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