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Swiss Effects Gives Cinematic Look to Hal Hartley Feature

?The Girl From Monday? premiers at Sundance 2005 (January 14, 2005)

Director Hal Hartley's newest digital feature The Girl From Monday

Director Hal Hartley's newest digital feature The Girl From Monday

For ?The Girl From Monday, Director Hal Hartleys newest digital feature, Swiss Effects collaborated with Hartley and his long-time Editor Steve Hamilton to explore the aesthetic possibilities of using a small consumer digital video camera. The artistic concerns of playing with movement and speed changes were explored by doing pre-production testing to address DV cameras performance to create the desired look.

?Through a coordinated effort between Cinematographer Sarah Cawley, Cabiya, Colorist Chris Ryan at Nice Shoes, and the team at Swiss Effects, ?The Girl From Monday has a look on film that transcends the video version and provided us with a very satisfying and enriching experience when viewing the print, says Editor Steve Hamilton. ?Swiss Effects played a huge role in making this film truly cinematic rather than just another run of the mill video to film mudfest.

?We worked closely with them on a lot of testing first, Ruedi Schick, Swiss Effects Founder explained, ?and this helped us ensure that it worked so well. They entered principal photography with a clearer vision of how to shoot it so we could bring over what they did on the artistic side to 35mm projection.

According to Hamilton, Swiss Effects Schick visited he and Hartley in New York to discuss the process ahead of time, and even offered to return to help supervise the transfer. Hamilton adds: ?It's clear when working with Swiss Effects that you're working with a boutique that pays tremendous attention to detail and because you're dealing directly with the principal, every project is shepherded through with the same sort of care you'd give your own project. When Hal and I looked at our first answer print, we were blown away!

?The Girl From Monday will premiere at Sundance on Wednesday, Jan 26 at 9:30 p.m. at the Eccles Theater. Other screening dates and times are: Thursday, Jan 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Library; and Friday, January 28 at 6:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. at Trolley Square 3

About Swiss Effects
Swiss Effects is an independent European company creating specialized looks for film directors and DPs shooting in digital video and/or combining digital video with Super 16 and 35mm film.

Its landmark American projects include ?Chuck & Buck, ?Waking Life, ?The Center of The World, ?Bamboozled, ?Julian donkey-boy, ?The Kid Stays In The Picture, ?Monsoon Wedding and ?Pieces of April. The latter film received an Academy Award nomination for Patricia Clarksons performance; the first Academy Award nomination for an acting performance captured in digital. Swiss Effects documentary projects receiving Academy Award nominations include: ?On The Ropes, ?, ?Children Underground, ?War Photogarpher, ?Long Nights Journey Into Day and ?Promises. For the Academy Award winning feature, ?Into the Arms of Strangers by Mark Jonathan Harris, Swiss Effects coordinated the telecine and transfer of fragile 1940s 8mm film footage from the Jewish Museums archive in Boston to 35mm to be cut into the 35mm feature film. Swiss Effects, working in all international markets, has researched and developed specific production variables to optimize, stabilize and advance the look of a film in the desired projection format.

About ?The Girl From Monday and The Possible Films Collection
The Sundance Film Festival 2005 has selected Director Hal Hartleys newest film, ?The Girl From Monday, for worldwide premiere at this years festival, taking place January 20-30, 2005 in Park City, Utah. The film will make its debut at Sundance, and then screen on January 30th at MoMA in New York as part of the premieres series celebrating the re-opening of the museum. The film will then be distributed on DVD in Spring 2005 by The Possible Films Collection, a new distribution company founded by Hartley and his long-time editor Steve Hamilton, via the companys web site ( and affiliated independent video outlets.

A funny and thought-provoking farce told in the rhythms of a sci-fi thriller, ?The Girl From Monday stars Sabrina Lloyd, Bill Sage, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Tatiana Abracos. Resembling the hectic stylization last seen in ?The Book of Life (1998), Hartleys newest digital feature invites us to consider a world where citizens are actually proud to be stock options whose market value goes up or down depending on their sexual activity. A world where having sex just because it feels good is against the law. A world where ones credit rating determines everything.

The Possible Films Collection is located at 180 Varick Street, Suite 1402 NY, NY 10014 Ph: 212.807.1417 Fx: 212.807.1119.

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