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The Saga of the production of
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS
by Foster Entertainment

July 7, 2013
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED -
OCTOBER 1, 2013
June 21, 2013
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS SIGNS FOREIGN DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH
ITN DISTRIBUTION.
April 14, 2013
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS wins AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD BEST FEATURE FILM at the Bare Bones International Film Festival!
April 14, 2013
DEBORAH FOSTER wins one of the INDIE AUTEUR AWARDS at the Bare Bones International Film Festival!
April 14, 2013
RICHARD FOSTER wins one of the INDIE AUTEUR AWARDS at the Bare Bones International Film Festival!
April 14, 2013
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS ia a FINALIST for BEST FAMILY DRAMA FEATURE FILM at the Bare Bones International Film Festival!
April 4, 2013
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS screens as OPENING NIGHT FILM of the Bare Bones International Film Festival to overwhelming audience response.
April 2, 2013
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS SIGNS NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT!
March 31, 2013
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS announced as OPENING NIGHT FILM of the Bare Bones International Film Festival.
December 14-20, 2012
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS Special Preview Screenings at Circle Cinema in Tulsa are extended a third week due to overwhelming audience response.
All proceeds still go to benefit the Circle Cinema Renovation Fund.
December 9-13, 2012
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS Special Preview Screenings at Circle Cinema in Tulsa are extended a second week due to overwhelming audience response.
All proceeds still go to benefit the Circle Cinema Renovation Fund.
December 4, 2012
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS Special Preview Screenings at Circle Cinema in Tulsa are selling out !!!!!!!! Audience response is overwhelmingly positive !!!!!!!!
December 2-8, 2012
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS Special Preview Screenings at Circle Cinema in Tulsa.
All proceeds go to benefit the Circle Cinema Renovation Fund.
November 29, 2012
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS - Richard and Deborah Foster interviewed on the Good Day Show on Channel 8 KTUL with Keith Taylor. See the interview here.
October 6, 2012
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS WINS THREE PRESTIGE FILM AWARDS !!!! GOLD AWARD - BEST DIRECTION
SILVER AWARD - VIEWER IMPACT INSPIRATIONAL FILM
BRONZE AWARD - HOLIDAY FILM
September 7, 2012
SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS WINS ACCOLADE COMPETITION AWARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR FEATURE FILM!
September 3, 2012
Finalize music rights negotiations.
August 6, 2012
Work on EPK continues. Work on trailer continues.
July 31, 2012
Work on EPK continues. Begin work on trailer.
July 24, 2012
Work on EPK.
July 13, 2012
Principals take a dive vacation break in the Keys.
April 23, 2012
Private Screening for distributors at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.
April 16, 2012
Private Screening for local cast and crew at Riverwalk Theater in Jenks, Oklahoma.
April 12, 2012
Final remix of music and sound at Beatstreet in New York with Matt Longoria.
April 10, 2012
Final double check on cast and crew credits.
April 6, 2012
Final adjustments to sound design.
March 27, 2012
John Lissauer has completed the recording of John Lennon's song "Happy Xmas" for our film as a power ballad duet. It rocks!
March 23, 2012
Met with Keaton Simons who provided 5 songs in the film. Caught his performance at The Hunt Club. He is so talented!
March 12, 2012
The Blu-ray has been submitted to the Cannes Film Festival!
March 9, 2012
In New York with Deborah and Wayne at Beatstreet Productions doing the first complete mix with Matt Longoria. It sounds awesome!
March 7, 2012
In New York with John Tissavary and the final DPX sequence is now completed..
March 1, 2012
In New York with John Tissavary doing the final color grading and green screen composites. Everything is looking fabulous.
February 27, 2012
More fine tuning of sound design.
February 25, 2012
Reels 5 and 6 scoring now completed and Reel 1 is rough mixed.
February 23, 2012
1st pass of the color grading with John Tissavary at Smoke & Mirrors now completed.
February 20, 2012
Reels 3 and 4 score now completed.
February 19, 2012
Scoring with John Lissauer continues.
February 17, 2012
Derick Snow comes to Wayne's studio to record the word "bitch" with great feeling.
January 27, 2012
Sound design with Wayne Rivers continues.
January 22, 2012
Picture is locked except for the last 2nd unit shots of the ambulances to be shot this Thursday.
January 18, 2012
Spotting session with our composer, John Lissauer in New York.
January 16, 2012
Sound design with Wayne Rivers continues along with more fine tuning of the edit.
January 12, 2012
2nd Unit Photography of out of the car window scenes completed today.
January 10, 2012
3rd pass at fine tuning begins along with green screen testing.
January 7, 2012
2nd pass at fine tuning of the edit complete. Files sent off to John Lissauer and Wayne Rivers.
January 4, 2012
Fine tuning of the cut continues.
December 30, 2011
Fine tuning of the cut begins in earnest.
December 29, 2011
Conference with John Lissauer.
December 28, 2011
Conference with Wayne Rivers.
December 27, 2011
We look at the rough cut with fresh eyes. Wow. It is going to be a great film.
December 26, 2011
We fly back to Tulsa.
December 25, 2011
Christmas Day in Jamaica. Reggae flavored Christmas carols and Santa arriving by sailboat. A Christmas day dive with friends begins with a reading of the Christmas story from Luke and a prayer for everyone present. The day ends with the stars at night. The same stars Abraham looked at when he considered God's promise. Merry Christmas to all.
December 24, 2011
Christmas Eve in Jamaica. Turkey with mango glaze and jerk sausage dressing.
December 14-23, 2011
More of the same. The palm trees are covered in Christmas lights and there are poinsettias everywhere. Silver Bird Steel Orchestra Christmas music is in the air.
December 13, 2011
The same.
December 12, 2011
More tropical resting.
December 11, 2011
Walking the beach, diving with eagle rays and turtles, looking at God's starry sky at night, refreshing the basic values from the bible, and just resting and thinking and sleeping, whew!
December 10, 2011
On our way to Negril, Jamaica for a much needed Christmas break.
December 9, 2011
The rough cut is now completed and copies are being sent to our composer, John Lissauer, and our sound designer, Wayne Rivers. It is 2:30 in the morning and we're really tired, but this is going to be a great film.
December 7, 2011
A great day of second unit photography with Jon Edwards assisting. Shots were completed at the Bear Fountain on Riverside, street scenes for the car sequences, and night shots of Tulsa's skyline.
December 2, 2011
We have now been approached by several distributors regarding So This Is Christmas. The buzz is building.
December 1, 2011
The rough cut is now 70 minutes in and we are so excited. This is going to be a great film.
November 28, 2011
The first editorial assembly of the film, the rough cut, is now well underway. The story is shaping up beautifully and the performances of our actors are looking exceptional. The office work continues with Deborah still wading through the maze of paperwork to produce the actuals for all the necessary parties and our own finalized budget figures.
November 21, 2011
The first editorial assembly of the film, the rough cut, is underway. The office work continues with Deborah producing the actuals for all the necessary parties and our own finalized budget figures.
November 19, 2011
Editorial preparatory work begins in earnest. Loading and labeling all takes, loading and labeling all sound files, and making a list of second unit work that needs to be photographed.
November 17, 2011
Wrapping up a myriad of production details, putting the Lane house back in order, returning equipment, vehicles, saying goodbyes to new family members, and beginning the task of editorial preparation.
November 15, 2011
The day after the day after and it's right to here thank our production office team - Dean Wilson, Sha'ree Green, Wendy Parker and all our volunteers. We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you.
November 14, 2011
The day after principal photography ends. A sad day, but sleep is needed, and welcome. Final details are dealt with and initial editing begins. We are so excited to see this film put together!
November 13, 2011
26th day of shooting and it's only Lexi Ainsworth that is left. She has been awesome throughout as our Ashley and today was no exception. Thanks Lexi. We end with a wrap party where we are honored with signed posters. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the best cast and crew ever. we could not have done it without you. You all gave 110% and it shows. God bless you everyone.
November 12, 2011
25th day of shooting and we're sad as Justinh Avery, Titus Makin Jr. and Erica Rhodes have left us. But today's scenes with Brian Massey and Cassidee Vandalia went even better than we had hoped. Thanks to Brad Boaz for "peaches and cream."
November 10, 2011
24th day of shooting and Vivica Fox and Eric Roberts wrap today. We are so sorry to see them go. But we shot a centerpiece scene of the entire Lane family today as one continuous seven minute take. Special thanks to Brian Boyle for some great dolly work.
November 9, 2011
23rd day of shooting and Vivica Fox and Eric Roberts do some of their central scenes together. Once again they set the bar high and then top it. Thanks so much, guys.
November 8, 2011
22nd day of shooting and Eric Roberts and Erica Rhodes were outstanding in their scenes today. This is going to be an amazing film. Thanks to all!
November 7, 2011
21st day of shooting and it's raining but we go in the studio for greenscreen car work. Special thanks to Greg Price for his studio on short notice.
November 6, 2011
20th day of shooting and it's a beautiful day and we shoot in the Lane House backyard - racing against the sun. And we make it - with some skillful lighting additions at dusk.
November 5, 2011
19th day of shooting and Vivica Fox and Eric Roberts rock the set with great performances. And so do Titus Makin Jr. and Erica Rhodes, and Justinh Avery and Lexi Ainsworth.
November 3, 2011
18th day of shooting and we're at the Bistro Restaurant with Vivica Fox and Titus Makin Jr. Great scene. A special thanks to the Bistro owners and management for their gracious hospitality.
November 2, 2011
17th day of shooting and Vivica Fox and Eric Roberts join us and do their duet together. It made my socks roll up and down. I definitely have a socks problem :–)
November 1, 2011
16th day of shooting and Lexi Ainsworth and Justinh Avery shine in some small scenes, as does Cassidee Vandalia. This is an amazing cast and crew. Met with Eric Roberts today. What an awesome man - with a great voice and amazing presence. He is going to be a great Bill. Looking so forward to working with him.
October 31, 2011
15th day of shooting and it's Haloween. Crew has dressed for the occasion including our director wearing a suit in honor of Alfred Hitchcock, et. al. The kids are great again and the production rolls along smoothly.
October 30, 2011
14th day of shooting and we're working with the kids at the Spotlight Theater. You know what they say about kids and animals - well we've got both on these days. But Sasha is doing a great job as Willy, and the kids have been great - only a little chaotic. Special thanks to Richard Robertson and Larry Stockard for their hospitality at the theater. Also had dinner with Vivica Fox tonight. She is a doll - a real, wonderful, warm person. she made us feel like we'd been friends forever. Looking so forward to working with her.
October 29, 2011
13th day of shooting and Brian Massey joins us as Mac. We're at the Lane House and the weather is beautiful. Another wonderful day.
October 28, 2011
A well deserved day off. Today our composer John Lissauer sent us the scratch mix for a song Eric Roberts and Vivica Fox will perform. It blew my socks off. I guess I have a socks problem :–)
October 27, 2011
12th day of shooting and we wrap up this intense sequence on time. Thanks to Jon Bielich for some great fight choreography. And thanks to Brad Boaz and Greg Price and the wole crew for keeping up with the unbelievable pace and doing a great job.
October 26, 2011
11th day of shooting and the intensity is turned up. Special thanks to Jimmy Holligshead for stepping up and doing a great practical special effect. It was awesome!
October 25, 2011
10th day of shooting and so begins an intense sequence I cannot divulge in Angelina's apartment. Suffice it to say that these scenes will be filmed for the next three days and constitute over eighty-five set-ups! A huge challenge for cast and crew!
October 24, 2011
9th day of shooting and Lexi Ainsworth, Titus Makin Jr. and Erica Rhodes rocked us with their performances. Great job guys!
October 23, 2011
8th day at the hospital again and then the 5 and Diner restaurant. Thanks to the 5 and Diner management for being so gracious to us, and the chef's family for putting up with us during their party.
October 22, 2011
Beginning the second week of shooting with scenes in a hospital. All the cast and crew are awesome. Special thanks to Art Anthony for some super realistic make-up.

Three feature films are currently in production in Oklahoma thanks to the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate. Here's a look at those movies and what the filmmakers have to say about the state's tax rebate program for the film industry.

'SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS'

Film shoot: began Oct. 15, for four-plus weeks, in the Tulsa area at sites including Utica Square, Will Rogers High School, the Spotlight Theater and River Parks.

Story: A tale of redemption that follows a teen girl who turns her empty life around and finds meaning by giving back to others.

Talent in front of the camera: The lead character is played by Lexi Ainsworth, an Oklahoma City native and veteran of film and TV who earlier this year was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award as outstanding young actress for her performances in "General Hospital." Her character is a member of an interesting family mix that includes parents played by film veterans Eric Roberts of "Runaway Train" and "The Dark Knight" and Vivica A. Fox of "Independence Day" and "Kill Bill, Vol. 1." The girl's brother is played by Titus Makin Jr., who appeared in six episodes of "Glee" last season as one of the Warblers.

Talent behind the camera: Director Richard Foster, who is also the co-writer and co-producer with his wife Deborah, both from Tulsa. For years Foster was one of the busiest commercial photographers around; he says he shot more than 1,000 commercials for clients like McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Corona, but he and his wife always wanted to make a film and couldn't fit it into their schedule. They made it a priority, and "So This is Christmas" is the result - along with other scripts they've written and hope to produce.

Projected release date: Christmas 2012, with the thought that they will seek theatrical distribution for the film and possibly shop it through the film festival circuit.

Why make a movie on Oklahoma?"We couldn't have achieved the Anytown, USA, look just anywhere, and there are hundreds of millions of people in America who don't live in New York and Los Angeles who have to overcome things like these characters in the movie," Richard Foster said. "Tulsa is wonderfully photogenic, and the (state) film and music office is so cooperative. Oklahoma is film-friendly, and we don't have to pay a lot of money to close streets to film our shots like in other places."

The importance of the state tax rebate program for films: "We appreciate the advantage of the rebate, obviously, and the state film commission has been invaluable in helping us to use crew members and cast members from the state and help with locations to shoot. It's all going great."

Michael Smith 918-581-8479
michael.smith@tulsaworld.com
By MICHAEL SMITH World Scene Writer

Copyright 2011 World Publishing Co. All rights reserved.

link to Tulsa World Article:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?articleid=20111021_282_D1_CUTLIN841257

October 20, 2011
6th day of shooting starting late again, but the day off is tomorrow! We shot at Bob's at the historic Cain's Ballroom. What a blast to be shooting in that special place. And the cooperation from the management and their gracious hospitality was above and beyond. So we wrapped the first week with great performances, outstanding footage, and an hour and a half early! Kudos to our great team! Have a great day off and we'll reconvene on Saturday.
October 19, 2011
5th day of shooting starting late - still in nights! Cold night but a calm wind and a great shoot. Shooting took place at the Lane house in Timberlane. All the cast and crew did a great job again! And the results are shining in the footage.
October 18, 2011
4th day of shooting starting late - going into nights! Cold night and a strong wind but a great shoot. Cast and crew did a great job against the odds and we turned out yet another set of beautiful scenes and wrapped on time again. This is becoming a good habit. Music tracks are going into production for Vivica's and Eric's duet and Sasha the golden retriever (playing Willy) in the night walk scene was the best dog I have worked with in a long time. Thank you Sasha!
October 17, 2011
3rd day of shooting at Riverside Parks, Utica Square, Miss Jacksons and the alley next to McNellies. A couple of very nice policeman were curious as to why we were bringing a camera truck over the curb and on the grass near the bears fountain! A special thanks to Judy White of Miss Jacksons for her gracious hospitality in allowing us to shoot a scene their during store hours!
October 16, 2011
2nd day of shooting at Will Rogers High. Also a special thanks to Paula Wood and Principle Stacy Vernon for all their help in making it possible to use this beautiful historic school in our film. Also a side note - we never knew how hard it was to fit a Fisher 11 with fully rigged camera in a girl's toilet stall with a director and assistant camerman!
October 15, 2011
1st day of shooting at Will Rogers High School. Beautiful place, and a great day. Special thanks to Coach Gary Tuell and his athletes, and Cindy Hulen for coordinating and advising and making everything go so smoothly. And thanks to Kimberly Hulsey of Channel 8 for interviewing us and helping to promote Oklahoma film making.
October 14, 2011
Justinh Avery comes on to play Jonathan. Another great actor comes in from LA to make our characters come alive. He's going to melt girls' hearts everywhere.
October 13, 2011
Met Titus Makin and had dinner with him. What an awesome young man and incredible actor. We're going to have a blast making this film.
October 13, 2011
Meet with Lexi to discuss her role as Ashley. She is so beautiful, and so petite. And what a professional actress and wonderful person. This is going to be a great film.
October 11, 2011
Titus Makin signed to play Jason
October 10, 2011
Vivica A. Fox signed to play Sharon
October 8, 2011
Lexi Ainsworth signed to play Ashley
October 7, 2011
Eric Roberts signed to play Bill
October 6, 2011
More Investor Meetings
October 4, 2011
Investor Meetings
October 3, 2011
Staffing up as 1st AD and 2nd AD come aboard
September 29, 2011
Tulsa Callbacks
September 28, 2011
Callbacks at Chris Freihofer's Actor Factory
September 25, 2011
More Meetings and Planning
September 23, 2011
Wardrobe Department Meetings
September 22, 2011
Art Department Meetings
September 21, 2011
More Grip and Electric location surveys.
September 20, 2011
Grip and Electric location surveys.
September 19, 2011
Casting negotiations.
September 17, 2011
Wardrobe Department Head Marcia Corenman arrives from California.
September 16, 2011
More Art Department location scouting and meetings.
September 15, 2011
Art Department location scouting and meetings.
September 14, 2011
Deborah and Richard wedding anniversary
September 9, 2011
Our first star is signed! Stay tuned for details!
September 7, 2011
Begin negotiations with our first star through Michael Donovan in LA.
September 6, 2011
More OK casting with Chris Friehofer.
September 4, 2011
More storyboarding and script adjustments – tighter again, yes!
September 1, 2011
More location scouting - located the hamburger joint and the dance club/bar.
August 30, 2011
More OK casting - again, some fine performances. Thanks to all who auditioned, and thanks, again to Chris Friehofer for doing a great job.
August 29, 2011
1st day of OK casting - some fine performances. Thanks to all who auditioned, and thanks to Chris Freihofer for doing a great job.
August 29, 2011
Two more investors come on board. Many thanks to all our investors for partnering with us in this project.
August 27, 2011
More investors have come on board and financing is proceeding nicely.
August 24, 2011
Excellent meeting with Jill and Julie of the Oklahoma Film and Music Office. Our Film Production Incentive Tax Rebate paperwork is completed and we are in the cue.
August 21, 2011
More locations approved and more crew signed on. Things progressing nicely.
August 16, 2011
We are approved by the Oklahoma Film and Music Office for the 35% Oklahoma Film Production Incentive Tax Rebate.
August 12, 2011
More meetings, location scouting, storyboarding, meetings with investors.
August 9, 2011
Meetings, location scouting, details, details, details. But progress being made every hour as more details fall into place and department heads are confirmed.
August 6, 2011
One more tight rewrite for the shooting script accomplished. Now even better in terms of mise en scene and dialogue.
August 3, 2011
Scouting yesterday and today - found a great High School and Track for Jason and Ashley's scenes. Prep is going great for the October shoot, yeah!
August 1, 2011
Meeting with Larry Stockard, President of Tulsa Spotlighters to discuss use of theater for the shelter Christmas play - great meeting.
July 31, 2011
Scouted and found the perfect Lane house in a very convenient location. And best of all it works for interiors and exteriors.
July 28, 2011
Phone Conference with John Lissauer to discuss music and songs in the film and rights acquisitions and styles.
July 28, 2011
First Formal preproduction planning meeting.
July 26, 2011
Dean Wilson joins the team as Unit Production Manager. Welcome aboard, Dean. Storyboarding continues and night location scouting commences..
July 25, 2011
Budgeting, scheduling and investor meetings all day.
July 23, 2011
Preproduction meeting by phone with our composer John Lissauer. We are going to have awesome music !!!
July 21, 2011
Scouted miscellaneous locations. Meetings with investors continue.
July 16, 2011
Scouted locations for the Lane house. Saw many properties. Found 2 very good ones :–)
July 15, 2011
Lunch meeting with John and Carolyn Knippers. Meetings with investors continue.
July 11, 2011
Scouted location of exterior shots with walk and talks. Meetings with potential UPMs begin.
July 7, 2011
Scouted location of restaurant for the dinner between Sharon and Jason. Met with manager - great location.
June 28, 2011
Scouted location for the shelter and the theater. Met with theater manager. Looks very promising. Storyboard design continues.
June 24, 2011
Scouted location of high school with track. Met with school officials. Looking good.
June 21, 2011
Meetings with investors for SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS commence and storyboard design continues.
June 20, 2011
A. Chandler Warren completes the paperwork and the LLC of SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS is created and the pre-production of SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS goes into full swing.
June 15, 2011
Discussed Los Angeles casting for SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS with Casting Director Michael Donovan. The two stars we are looking for look very possible.
June 8, 2011
Location scouting for SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS is ramped up and the school, theater, track, and Lane house locations are established.
June 3, 2011
John Lissauer, Composer (SE7EN, WATCHMEN, GODS AND GENERALS) joins the production team of SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS.
May 22, 2011
The Final draft of the script for SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS is completed by Richard and Deborah late on a Sunday night.
May 19, 2011
Met with Casting Director Chris Freihoffer to discuss the local casting of SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS.
May 12, 2011
Design of shooting style and storyboards commences and production logistics meetings begin.
May 10, 2011
Preliminary meeting with Gray Frederickson, Producer (APOCALYPSE NOW, GODFATHER I, II, III) for SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS consulting.
May 1, 2011
A preliminary draft of the script for SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS is an Official Selection and a Finalist in the Bare Bones International Film Festival.