We hope you haven't forgotten about us during our hiatus from Kickstarter! Our silence wasn't out of laziness (we've never met a printer who was lazy!) but rather busyness. Since we last spoke to you our crew spent six weeks on the road conducting amazing interviews across the Midwest. Principal photography is nearly wrapped but we will have a few more shoots over the Winter.
The Summer was somewhat surreal, getting to 'hang out' in so many shops with inspiring letterpress printers. We got to experience moments of extreme happiness —especially when goose-bump inducing interview responses reminded us why we are creating this film. There were also moments of total exhaustion, spending 16 hour days filming in the heat of Summer getting shot after shot, hauling lights and equipment, but it's all worth it. Here are some behind-the-scenes pictures:
PRINT Magazine Online: The Letterpress Journals
In support of the project, PRINT magazine invited us to keep a journal about the making of the film; co-directors Andrew Quinn and Erin Beckloff have been chronicling their personal experiences of creating this documentary. If you'd like to read a more in-depth description of what we've been up to and see some behind-the-scenes photos, check out the journal on PRINT's site (links below). The series will be on-going until the film's release.
- Part One: Guardians of the Craft
- Part Two: Setting The Hook
- Part Three: Funding & Friendships
- Part Four: Typoholic
- Part Five: Hot Metal Junkie
So Much Content, So Little Time!
Our Fall has been spent in post-production going through over one hundred pages of transcribed interviews. It has been a lot of reading, editing, and staring at Google Drive — not the most glamorous part of making a movie, but a necessary step in organizing our vast amount of important content that will transform into the feature length film. We're also excited to announce that we are planning on a few making shorts, special features, and more from our content.
After reviewing transcripts from 15+ interviews, we're creating the first draft of the film's "script" or story. Debates of theme, content, and direction naturally ensue. Then rough edits of the themes are cut together and the video is reviewed. There is much work to do.
Celebrating the Craftsmen
In October, Kevin Grazioli (producer) and Joe Vella (director of photography) had the opportunity to travel to Richmond, VA to talk about the film at the 2016 Celebrating the Craftsmen event in front of a live audience. Taking to the stage they spoke broadly about letterpress as a craft, gave a behind the scenes look at the film, and even introduced the audience to Jim Daggs (see clip below)! We'd like to thank Worth Higgins and Associates who invited Pressing On to present and who hosted the event.
Request a Film Screening!
We want to share letterpress and the film with as many people as possible. Think Pressing On would look good on the big screen in your town? Want to bring the filmmakers to show the film and speak at your venue or organization? Let us know!
Please fill out the Screening Request Form on our website and we'll get in touch soon! We are currently planning on a late Spring 2016/Early Summer 2016 film release.
Warm regards, The Pressing On Team