Christian Film Spotlight: Kyle Prohaska – Standing Firm

A great new interview about STANDING FIRM with CatholicMom.com

“As many Christian films are created with a low budget and for and with God, the new film,Standing Firm, is a powerful story of faith, prayer, and forgiveness.  This is an inspiring film in so many ways from the storyline to the filmmaking.  The filmmaker, Kyle Prohaska, is a young Christian filmmaker who co-wrote, filmed, and produced this film from nothing and it was through the power of God that the film is even available through DVD for viewing.   Prohaska sat down with us for an exclusive interview to discuss his first feature-length film and low-budget Christian filmmaking…”

Click here to read the full interview

Let the good times roll…

I woke up today around 11.  I was pretty excited because my Canon 5D was scheduled to show up before noon.  I got to work on emails like I normally do in the morning and right around twelve I went outside to see if the mail guy was around.  Yep, he was just putting mail in the mail boxes.  I asked him for my package on the spot and ran inside to tear it open.  It was a beautiful thing to look at.  I put the battery in it’s charger immediately because I couldn’t hardly wait to turn it on and go!  The battery charged quickly and before you know it was I snapping photos around the apartment and learning just what the lens I got can do.  It was pretty liberating to have the power of a lens like that in a handheld package.  When we shot STANDING FIRM I was dealing with a Canon XHA1 with a Letus Extreme and Nikon primes attached to a Redrock Shoulder Mount setup with 2.5ft Rails and a Marshall Monitor hooked up to the side.  It was a beast of a setup and very uneasy on the arms, the tripod, etc.  Hard to move and navigate, etc.  All just to have the DOF and lens options.  Those are important but man was that thing annoying (like a 3ft long bazooka).

5d_shotsObviously the lens I have won’t get me far.  It’s F4 which means it’s not much good indoors without upping my ISO.  For all of you non-photo/video people out there, F4 is my aperture (basically it’s a limit on how much light my lens can intake.  Less light, darker image).  More expensive lenses allow you to go to F3.5, 2.8, and all the way to 1.2 which is a really fast lens (fast meaning allows a ton more light basically).  ISO I can’t remember the long name for but to put it simply…the higher the ISO number, the lower the detail and the more noise and such I’ll get.  So to use the lens I got with the cam, unless there’s a lot of sunlight around, I gotta bump up the ISO to get good exposure (good balance of light within my shot…not to light, not too dark).  It’ll be great for outside though as I found out today, but it was raining and misty on/off so I had to be careful.  By the end of the day I was able to run out there while the daylight was still around and nab shots of the cherry tress outside my apartment, and when Denise showed up I caught a few moments of her.  I didn’t take any photos while I was out there, just video.  In case you didn’t know, this is a still camera primarily that I bought and it’s not really MADE for video, but it allows video recording and while it has it’s many faults can be nice for certain uses if you know what you’re doing.  For whatever reason even at F4 and with a low shutter I had to bump my ISO to 1000 just to get good exposure outside, so my shots had more noise than I would’ve liked.  Not sure why that was because I swore I used an ISO of 100 earlier in the day when I quickly went outside to try and nab video of a pumpkin on the porch.  So not sure what was going on there, but the video turned out ok anyways, just not as clean as I would’ve wanted.  Here’s a few grabs from the footage I took.  Luckily the light was beautiful since NY is typically cloudy and gives everything very soft light.  I like that look a lot.  Click the image to the right to see them at a higher resolution.

So other than that today was just a bit of work with a client or two and a bunch of emails and a few phone calls.  Pretty uneventful.  Now that I got my fix with my new camera, I’ll probably dive into some more work related stuff all day.  If I hadn’t gotten any shots with the cam today I would’ve lost my mind so now that it’s out of my system it’ll be a better day today.

In case you didnt’ catch it my interview with ChristianCinema.com is finally online.  I remember planning on doing one there a few years ago when SF was still in production but we pushed it off and now it’s online a few years later.  Sorta funny to see it there after waiting for so long.  Thanks to Angela Walker over at ChristianCinema.com for being a wonderful interviewer on the phone.  It was good times! :)

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE

Kyle Prohaska on Family Life Network – Standing Firm

The new movie “Standing Firm” is being released on DVD August 24. Director Kyle Prohaska, a 22-year old Christian filmmaker from the Buffalo area, talked with Denny Brownlee about the movie, the challenges of working with an all volunteer cast and crew (much like “Facing the Giants”) and the ways God worked during the production process to help drive home the theme of the movie – dealing with grief – in very real ways.

SOURCE: http://www.fln.org/media/family-life-podcasts/detail/area-christian-filmmaker-releases-standing-firm-on-dvd/

Kyle Prohaska Interview – Clash Entertainment – Standing Firm

Clash Entertainment, a website for teens recently did an interview with me about Praise Pictures & STANDING FIRM, and asked a few questions about how I do the “daily grind.”  I like how the interview came out.  Give it a look!

http://www.clashentertainment.com/career/16-career/2256-kyle-prohaska-ceo-film-production-company

Kyle Prohaska on Neil Boron Live – Standing Firm

My interview with Neil Boron Live today went great! :) I was very nervous to be honest, and the fact I woke up today with a cold didn’t help. God helped me out though and I think the whole conversation was very good. Give it a listen and be sure to check out Neil Boron Live on WDCX 99.5FM 3pm-6pm Monday-Friday.

Thanks Neil for the opportunity! :)

12,000 Visitors? Seriously?

So I realized today that 12,000 people have viewed this online journal / barf up of my thoughts since I started it last year around this time.  That’s pretty insane! :O  Come on people!  I’m not that interesting…go outside and play for pete’s sake.  Just kidding ;)

Seriously I’m honored to know that folks like to read this blog.  I’m glad I have a creative outlet to get my thoughts out there into the world.  I enjoy it, and it serves as a nice release on good and bad days.

Today was a pretty busy day.  My day started off late, probably because I got up early yesterday.  I woke up an hour before my interview was supposed to start on WDCX…yikes!  But right after I woke up and downed a Slimfast for breakfast my buddy Jesse from WDCX told me that they wanted to post-pone till tomorrow and do the interview LIVE.  Yikes #2! :/ I’ll be fine, just pray I don’t screw anything and say something stupid.  If you want to hear me make a fool of myself (just kidding I know I’ll be fine) you can click here.  Interview is at 4pm EST tomorrow.

New opportunities have come about in the past few days regarding possible work for the future.  It’s great striking up conversations with people and looking for work that way…it’s fun and is less stressful than “call and hope you get a call back” ways of doing things.  We’ll see where some of these leads go.  I put up a new page on KyleProhaska.com that outlines what I’m currently working on so visit that here.  Hopefully that’ll come in handy when people want to know whether or not I’m actually legit or just goofing around and trying to get them to hire me.

throwoutscreeningroomThe screening room seems like it’s going to be a pretty big hit for the film.  Some folks at Plugged In and Focus on the Family will likely use it soon here.  It’ll come in handy big time I think.  I’m amazed at the kind of people who know about this movie.  A few years on the internet has paid off on this film.  The sky’s the limit here, I’m excited to see where things are in 4 months when the film finally releases.  The awareness that builds when/if I release the first 5 minutes will be cool to see, as well as how the Pre-Order sales go and Church Signups (specifically the number of them).

The Ace Wonder website and blog has gone insane in the past 4 days.  2300 people have visited those two places…from only 3 locations as referrals.  The majority of them are Twitter, Facebook, and direct URL links (meaning putting in the AceWonderMovie.com into your browser without searching).  That’s pretty incredible when you consider that all the personal websites I own get about 4 times that amount in a MONTH.  Ace Wonder is going to be a huge thing for John Moore I think.  The sets look like they’re going to be great and from all the concept art and scouting photos I saw…it’s going to look absolutely BEAUTIFUL cinematically.  Pretty hard to screw this up with locations like these, trust me.  Hopefully this means Heumoore will come back to me with their next film, or maybe even extend my marketing services into 2011 for the DVD release and stuff that I’m sure will come along.  Who knows :)

throwout_watermarkI listened to some new and revised cues from Jurgen Beck today for Standing Firm.  It got me bouncing in my seat…I’m so excited for everyone to hear this score.  He’s doing a really great job.  It gets me all giddy when I hear good music that goes well with my visuals.  WOOT! :D I also finished another BTS 3minute interview for Standing Firm but I won’t release it just yet.  I have a few more of those to finish, then shoot my interview and put together the big documentary for the DVD.  That’ll be fun to do.  I’m also rendering a new screener DVD as we speak for all the store chains that’ll be carrying the film so they know what they’ll be carrying and purchasing to sell.  I have a fancy shmancy water mark over it for 1 minute every 10 minutes just in case somebody tries to rip me off.  If the film ends up on a torrent site (and I know it will eventually) I would rather it be the final movie LOL…not a 90% done movie.

I’m dabbling in online marketing affiliate programs for some websites, and results showed up today for the first time in a while.  I can’t wait to see where this could go.  Imagine spending nearly no money per day on ads and generating $10-30 a day?  It could be way higher than that too…the other day I got about $45 in commissions because somebody made a big order.  Times those kinds of numbers by 30 days in a month and you have a full-time job’s income coming in for doing barely any work.  The internet is a wonderful thing…

All in all a very successful day!  Denise is coming over for the whole day tomorrow to chill out while I work and that’s gonna be good times.  I get to eat lunch and dinner with my GF! :)  Till next time folks…thanks for taking the time to read my blog.  I appreciate you all,