Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Christmas Edition soon a MOVIE

For immediate release:

April 8, 2009

Salty Earth Pictures to Produce Robin Shope’s Novel

Salty Earth Pictures and Robin Shope are pleased to announce that plans to produce a Feature motion picture based on Shope’s novel “The Christmas Edition” is underway.
Ms. Shope, an author now living in Dallas, Texas, has written a series of novels that are set in Wisconsin, known as The Turtle Creek Edition series. Salty Earth Pictures, located in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, producing, and distributing entertainment that challenges minds, lightens hearts, and strengthens souls.

“Ms. Shope’s faith based novels take place right out our front door, making them a perfect fit for Salty Earth Pictures,” said studio President Steven F. Zambo. He added, “It is our goal to produce a feature based on Robin’s “Christmas Edition” in a manner much like the successful “Facing the Giants” film was produced.” The film will be shot for a relatively low budget, by Hollywood standards, but will rely on volunteers and passionate individuals and supporters to bring the film to the screen. When asked about the movie of her book Shope commented, “Being born and raised in Delavan, Wisconsin, I couldn’t think of a more perfect setting for a book and now the movie.” Wisconsites may remember Robin Shope as Robin Jansen. She is a 1968 graduate of D-DHS and also graduated from UWWhitewater.

Without revealing too much of the story, the movie will be based on a struggling family owned business in a small Wisconsin town. It focuses on relationships, secrets, trust, faith, and the hope Christmas and it’s message provides.

Much work needs to be done before the camera will roll. “Scripting, casting, financing, music and locations are all issues we will be facing in the next several months. But, it is our prayer that we will be in production late this year with a planned distribution for Christmas 2010,” said Zambo. Salty Earth Pictures’ studio is located in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and will be the primary location for production. The studio has over 30,000 square feet of production space.

Marketing an independent film is no small task. Zambo says, “We are going to use the electronic tools out there to build and keep interest.” Periodic video update will be available on Salty Earth Pictures’ Youtube Channel. Also, both Shope and Salty Earth

Pictures will be using their group pages on Facebook to build audience interest

“The finished movie is only a part of the product,” says, Zambo. “We feel the journey getting there will also be exciting and entertaining. We want to share the entire experience!”


Kelly Kiggins-Lund said...

Congratulations Robin! How very exciting for you!!! Blessings dear friend, K

Sharlene MacLaren said...

I just sent you an email, but let me just send my HUGE CONGRATULATIONS via your blog as well. Yippee-skippy!

Rene' Morris said...

This is so cool! Congratulations!!!!

Donna Kay Kohls said...

Dear Robin,
I am so thrilled the movie version of your book will be made right down the street from me, in Fort Atkinson. Being an experienced, mature actress and produced playwright, of cource I want to be involved with the movie:) I have worked as an extra for Steve before, and he is a kind, caring, and easy to work with director. It is my dearest wish to help him and the studio any way I can with "The Christmas Edition". I am extremely creative, and not working, so I have the time, and live within walking distance of the studio, so I can be there,no matter the weather:)
Somehow I feel that I am in this house, in this place, at this time, maybe because of the movie being made here, and I sincerely want to do my best to help all I can, as Steve wishes. If you would like any information at all about me, or our little town, please feel free to contact me at larkwind@hotmail.com . I do love getting email:) And I do love working on any theatrical productions:) By the way, my daughter also graduated from UW-Whitewater, having majored in theater:)
It is my hope the movie will be as enchanting and magical as Christmas itself.
Donna Kay Kohls