Welcome to
Awakened Heart Productions

We can help you
Make Your Film


Mike and Melody

We support independent film producers, writers and directors with great stories to tell that make a difference.

Do you have a story? Do you have big dreams that seem nearly impossible? We can help.

Having produced multiple short films for next to nothing and a feature film on a shoestring (that's one shoestring). We understand what it takes to create films on a small budget. We have honed our skills and acquired equipment so we have the tools we need to make great films for less than you would believe. Sure, new technology is a part of it, but the centuries old process of real artists inventing new ways to produce their art for less money is the key. A clear focus on technique, message, and medium.

We bring multiple 4K RAW cameras and support systems, lighting systems, and sound capture tools. Experience has taught us how to get the most out of them. Raising funds becomes easier if you are not trying to get up in to the millions and worrying about acquiring high dollar west coast talent.

We believe in the independent artist. Whether you are a screenwriter, actor, director, or producer we are set to help you create the film of your dreams.

We can change your vision from a dream to a reality.

Directors

A director owns the vision because they are the one orchstrating the parts to bring it to life. If you have the vision but not necessarily the skill set to combine locations, actors, set decoration, camera lenses/supports/moves/composition along with the crews capturing sound.... Then maybe your best approach is to share your vision with us and let us take it from there.

Writers

Do you have a great story? We will look the story over and see if it fits the criteria for the type film we want to support (generally that's going to be a story that changes people in some way). We can help you make your short film or your feature film a reality.

Producers

Are you a producer looking for a streamlined crew equipped to capture high quality images and good sound on a shoestring? Let's talk.

Actors

Good reel is hard to come by. You need good material, co-stars, director, DP, sound... A good approach is 2-3 actors partnering to get the kind of scenes they want on their reel. Your script or ours, this is also great experience.

Casting

There simply is no reason to have weak or miscast actors in your project. There are too many magical actors looking for good material for you to have to settle. We are experienced with casting and pull talent from all the major casting outlets (Breakdown Services, Casting Network, Cast it, Casting Frontier). We send out your breakdowns, sort through initial video submissions and set up call-backs as needed. We also coordinate with talent and the talent agencies prior to and during shoot.

Post Production

Our complete editing suite can take your raw footage and turn it in to magic. We provide editing, color and sound correction and some sound design.

Script Development

Whether you have a completed script or just a story idea we can develop the script to be ready for production.

EZIndie

When we shot our first short film we set up our own online project management program to manage scheduling, props, shot lists, team, casting, day out of days, call sheets and team communications. It's free. You just have to be willing to do the pre production work that your project deserves.

Short or Demo Reel Scene
You bring a crew of three people, you direct and we show up with lights, cameras, mics, etc. ready to shoot at your location. Makeup is either provided by actors or you can provide a make up artist. Melody will act as First AD and Mike as Cinematographer.

  • $950 per 8 hr shooting day (generally 4-5 pages per day)

Short Package with Post-Production:
You bring a crew of three gung ho people. You direct and we show up with lights, cameras, mics, etc. ready to shoot at your location. Makeup is either provided by actors or you can provide a make up person. Melody will act as First AD and Mike as Cinematographer.

  • $950 per 8 hr shoorting day (generally 4-5 pages per day)
  • $60 per completed minute to edit
  • $40 per completed minute color correction
  • $40 per completed minute minor sound correction and limited sound design
  • $40 per completed minute to add canned music (licensed music may require incur additional costs)
    (we can find a composer if you would prefer but their rate is up to you)

Short Full Production Package:
From casting to post-production we handle the entire process.

Typical Costs to consider:
  • $500 for Casting: For up to five roles. We put out a wide call for video submissions and follow up with live video auditions with other roles to test chemistry. (your input is encouraged at all)
  • $150 per Actor per day (If you want a SAG cast, then additional costs will be required along with a deposit)
  • $150 - $300 per day for each Production Professional for crew (Sound, Scripty, and Grip)
  • $0-$? per day for Location
  • $350 per day for Make Up Artist
  • $500 for Pre-Production (setting up shots, call sheets, scheduling, props, etc)
  • $1000 per day for DP, Camera and sound gear (generally 5-6 pages per day)
  • $20-40 per day/person for Craft Services
  • $60 per completed minute to edit
  • $40 per completed minute color correction
  • $40 per completed minute minor sound correction and sound design
  • $40 per completed minute to add canned music (licensed music)
    (we can find a composer if you would prefer but their rate is up to them)

Streamlined Feature Film Production Package:
From casting to post-production we will handle the entire process.

  • Pre and Post Production
  • Manage attorneys and accountant if necessary.
  • Any special needs (animals, stunts, specialty props or wardrobe) are dependent on providers)
  • Obtain Production Insurance
  • Get your project on IMDB and credit the cast and crew (and you).

Capture your story in 4.6K High Dynamic Range RAW to give your editor and colorist everything they need to turn difficult shots into compelling images. We shoot with our six Zeiss primes (15 - 200 mm).

Arri Tungsten, Kino Flo banks, HMI, Silks, flags, scrims? We bring them all to create the rich environment your performance deserves.

Characters move, stories move, so does our camera. Slider, dolly, Steadicam.

Its no good if the sounds not good. A Lectrosonic lav and top of the line Rode microphones with excellent preamps capture strong dialogue. We’ve invested heavily in audio post tools to take it the rest of the way.

Your story gets made three times, the script, on the set, and in post production. We have the coloring and audio tools to finesse and polish your story.