It may be hard to believe that just under two months after wrapping production, The Butterfly, written and directed by Austin Newman, and TFN's second short film to complete production has already submitted it's screener to Gasperilla International Film Festival 2020.
The Butterfly is a science fiction film about a young woman named Lacie(Robyn Germyn) who suddenly receives a call from from her father Ze(Joseph O'Connor) who'd disappeared mysteriously when she was young. After hearing his claims of time travel Lacie confronts old feelings of abandonment and anger, and the mystery of what happened to her father.
Given the challenging nature of the film and with over 21 minutes of run-time, at least a solid 3 months of post production would have certainly been more than justified. Production in 2019 lasted from Nov15-17th, and Gasparilla began accepting submissions on Oct 1st. So how did editing work out so quickly in this case? The film's post production involved a team of 4 editors. Lead editor Austin Newman, Color editor Malcolm Curry, Sound editor Basirayi "Jay" Zesaguli, and Titles editor Termaine Jenkins. By dividing the workload the team reduced their delivery time and was able to make GIFF's extended deadline by Jan 15.
Often films submitted to festivals are continued to be worked on behind the scenes by editors so that improved versions can be submitted to other festivals and distributors. In a way Gasparilla 2020 will serve as a kind of test run. How will The Butterfly with its much touted visual quality and unique science fiction subject matter stand up to the many other high quality films that flock to GIFF every year? We will find out in time but first, TFN and the cast and crew await notice of acceptance.