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KATHERINE MAKINNEY BIO & INFO

LOST
 
12:15 TRT
Drama-Youth-Oriented
OK Premiere
 
KATHERINE A. MAKINNEY
Writer, Executive Producer, Director
Ryan FurnellyCo-Producer
Cinematographer Brian Pratt
Nicholas Danko-Editor
Culver City, CA
 
KEY ACTORS: STEVE YAGER, JOEL DAVID MOORE, LARRY HANKIN
 
Two men are hopelessly lost in the wilderness.  They split up.  One of them has a near-death experience, bringing him face to face with his Creator...but he's an Atheist.  He argues with God against His existence.  This film explores the nature of faith.
 

DIRECTOR BIO
 
After graduating from Stanford, KATHERINE MAKINNEY left a successful career in high technology to pursue her dream of filmmaking.  LOST represents her third short film and concludes what she deems as her "film school."  Her first two films screened at dozens of film festivals internationally; including Palm Springs, Nashville, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale and the London International Film Festival.  They collectively won over 11 awards.  She is currently prepping for a feature she plans to shoot in 2005.

PRODUCER BIO
 
KURT SCHEMPER has produced several short films, including LOST.  He is currently Associate Producer of the feature film GLEAM OF DAWN as well as the television plot GAME OVER.  He currently runs the corporat post-production department for Casey-Warner-Mandabach.

INSPIRATION
 
Katherine's inspiraton for LOST came from her discussions with friends about the nature of faith.  Soren Kierkegaard argued that faith in God is a "leap of faith," before which one could not see and after which one was forever changed.  But isn't atheism a similar "leap?"  How can you prove the existence or lack of existence in something greater than yourself?  And if we had all we asked for in terms of "proof", isn't it still an act of the will?  This film explores those weighty questions in all of twelve minutes!
 
THE TEAM
 
The production team on LOST came from a variety of places.  Ryan Finnelly was a student when he volunteered as a P.A. on Katherine's first film , THE LIMITED.  Moving up to Art Direction on her second film,
DESTINY, Ryan wanted more of a challenge.  As co-producer on LOST, he suggested Katherine talk to Kurt Schemper whom he knew from another production.  Kurt had years of experience in TV post production as head of Carsey-Warner-Mandabach's post production.  Katherine remarks, "he just knew his stuff cold.  I knew if he came on board, he'd make producing look easy-he did, and he does."
 
Katherine wanted to try High Definition video but only if she could find a skilled and creative Director of Photography.  A friend suggested she call Brian Pratt who was reluctant to take on a low budget project.  "After I read the script, I was in,"  recalls Brian.  "I really liked what it had to say."  Brian has his own production gear rental business and had been directing photography for HD shoots for well over two years.  "His skill and artistry shows up in every scene.  He really got what I was trying to do with moods and colors and made the shoot a much easier one with his competence."
 
One of my mentors had said to me, "Make sure you get great actors, this film is subtle and much of what you communicate will be through them non-verbally."  " I put out ads in Backstage West and through the Breakdowns, but one agent stood out; Shane Gilbert.  She kept telling me that I would regret it for the rest of my life if I didn't audition Steve Yager.  His resume was mostly comedic, I didn't think he would fit, but Shane would not give up."  Steve turned out to be a jewel.  "I cast him immediately as the best friend; Charlie, but he was so great and easy to work with and willing to come to every audition to find the lead...he won the part of the lead.  Steve adds, "I went through about five or six long auditions before I got the lead.  We were doing improvs and it was a lot of time, but I think it really paid off; I felt honored to be with the caliber of talent the entire team represented.  The actors were all top notch."
 
 
 

THE PRODUCTION
 
"The story is a great comment of the resistance for some people to learn and accept things beyond their comprehension.  The film came together so well done it stays with you even as you get ready for bed that night," says lead actor Steve Yager.  Producer Kurt Schemper adds, "Look, anytime you have independent filmmaking on a tight budget it's a challenge.  I have to say that in every aspect of production we were blessed, there was enthusiasm, creativity, and a general love for the process by everyone."  Actor Ron Truppa adds, "Everyone was cool to work with, everyone:  sound, craft services, camera, background talent.  It was a blast.  The story is such a roller coaster ride-a beautiful blend of artistic expression along with a great cinematic vision, it was a such a pleasure to see how well it turned out."  Steve finishes the thought with, "You know, I had the best supporting cast in the world.  Give me Joel David Moore and two million dollars with Katherine directing and I'll give you an Oscar winning movie!
 
It's not every film that has the blend of process of product that are both good experiences with great results.  LOST is that rare find.