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Rough Cut Finished as Team Plans to film PWA World Cup on Bonaire

May 27, 2011 | Posted by Daphne | Comment?

Above is Elvis Martinus and his colleagues at the recent Press Conference for the PWA WORLD CUP EVENT 2011 taking place on Bonaire June 12-19. Yes, that’s right. This June Bonaire will host the largest international competition in the island’s history, and we will be there with our cameras to film it as the ending to our documentary. Due to the timing of this competition, we have postponed our release date of the film to late Fall 2011. This event will be a crucial piece within the documentary and we are very excited to have the opportunity to be there.

In a nutshell, here is a re-cap of our journey since our visit to Bonaire last year…

Since our trip to Sylt Germany in October, our team has worked non-stop on editing over 250+ hours of footage and we finally have a rough cut that is looking fantastic. The first two months Daphne logged and digitized all the tapes. Then Alex Jablonski worked for four months on the cut out of LA, eventually sending the hard drive back to Daphne in NY who finished an hour long rough cut this week. Just in time to be reviewed by renowned story consultant Karen Everett who founded New Doc Editing. Karen gave us incredibly valuable feedback which we will now incorporate into our rough cut and use in preparation for our final shoot in Bonaire this June.

Throughout editing and our conversation with Karen, we realized that the one major thing we were missing was a compelling ending to the story. That is when we heard from Elvis Martinus that Bonaire would be hosting a PWA INTERNATIONAL WORLD CUP in June 2011. We couldn’t believe it. This would not only provide the perfect climax but it would tie all the threads together and showcase the Bonaire boys talent on the world stage right at home on their island!

So we immediately began making plans to fly down and film the event. Joining director Daphne Schmon and producer Robert McCormick will be talented New York cinematographers Marque DeWinter and Andrey Alistratov. Our team will be on the island for a total of 2 weeks June 3-18. From what we hear, the event is going to be massive with not just windsurfing heats, but volleyball and football competitions on the beach as well. Right now the local planning committee is working very hard to pull the event together. We know it will be a spectacular show, particularly if our boys can manage to top the podium!

After returning from Bonaire, we will spend July and August incorporating the new footage into the rough cut. Then we will color correct and sound mix, with a plan to finish the film by late fall 2011. As always, our speed will depend on funds raised but that is our goal and we will do everything we can to meet it!

FOR THOSE WHO DONATED TO OUR KICKSTARTER: We will be sending out the T-shirts, Posters and Still Photo rewards by AUGUST 1ST. Sorry for the wait – the designing took longer than expected – but we are very happy with the result and hope you will be too! For our Bonaire friends, we will bring your T-shirts & Posters to the island with us in June. DVD rewards will be sent out when the film is finished.

We can’t thank you all enough for your support and patience as we make this film. We realize it can be frustrating to wait so long but rest assured that we are working as hard as possible to make the best film that we can. Documentaries are a very tough process, as they are not scripted like fiction film so the story reveals one step at a time, not to mention funding is very limited. It is only through the enthusiasm and support of our fans and shared love for Bonaire’s story that our project can be kept alive. Our most important goal is to make the best film possible — one that leaves us all proud and inspired! We are very near to that finish line now and we look forward to crossing it all together in the Fall.

Keep checking our blog regularly for updates as we will be posting often during our trip to the island! And if you plan to be there, stop by Lac Bay to say hello.


Children of the Wind Team

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