Behind the Scenes of Superhero: A SpiritClips Original

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This Father’s Day, we are proud to present the world premiere of the SpiritClips Original Short Film “Superhero,” available exclusively at hallmarkspiritclips.com. In the film, a boy’s love protects his father from a raging firestorm.

Tommy Nash and Jake Vaughn

Tommy Nash and Jake Vaughn play father and son.

 

Inspired by the Arizona Hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, writer and director John Dion (“Collision“, “Camaro“) wrote a SpiritClip about these everyday heroes. “I was interested in the idea of heroic duty. Duty to one’s family and duty to one’s job,” John said. “While fathers are often seen as heroes, they are enriched and strengthened by their families, particularly by their children. A child shapes a parent’s life as much as a parent shapes a child’s life.”

Writer and director John Dion with cast

Writer and director John Dion with cast

Filming the Wildfire Scenes

In order to make the wildfire scenes in “Superhero” look realistic, the production team combined on-set special effects with on-computer visual effects. On the day of the shoot, we used flame bars, which are metal hoses like gas lines that shoot fire. Then, in post-production, we used visual effects to add background fire, smoke, and embers. The burning log that falls on the father’s fire shelter was a real log as thick as a person’s torso. When Tommy Nash kicks away the burning log, his shelter really is on fire!

Firefighters on set

Firefighters on location in Thousand Oaks, CA

Creating Superhero‘s Action Figure

To create the action figure featured in the film, our production staffer Iliana Guevara found an existing toy, then modified and repainted it. She chose the blue and red “Superman” colors, then added yellow to symbolize the fireman. The action figure represents the bond between father and son.

Josh's superhero

Josh’s superhero

Cast

  • Jake: Tommy Nash
  • Annie: Sarah McElligot
  • Josh: Jake Vaughn
  • Firefighter: Tim Scanlon
  • Firefighter: David Hill
  • Firefighter: Brian Hoffman

Crew

  • Director and Writer: John Dion
  • Produced by: Rob Fried
  • Executive Producer: Iris Ichishita
  • Co-Producer: Nare Mkrtchyan
  • Line Producer: Rebecca Stone
  • Director of Photography: Jeff Dolen
  • Production Designer: Adriana Serrano
  • Costume Designer: June Suepunpuck
  • Casting Director: Tanner Thomason
  • Original Score: Chris Thomas
  • Editor: James Lee Hernandez
  • 1st Assistant Director: Daniel Ringey
  • 2nd Assistant Director: John Klymshyn
  • Script Supervisor: Nicole M. Rivera
  • 1st Assistant Camera: Alicia Pharris
  • 2nd Assistant Camera: Paulina Bryant
  • 2nd Assistant Camera: Matt LaRoche
  • DIT/BTS: Dustin Elkin
  • Gaffer: Gabriel Lewis
  • Key Grip: Rocky Romines
  • Grip and Electric: Blake R. Farnham
  • Grip and Electric: Jake Koenig
  • Grip and Electric: Blake Gaytan
  • Grip and Electric: David M. Adams
  • Grip and Electric: Chris Commons
  • Grip and Electric: David Lee
  • Production Sound Mixer: Ellie Bootorich
  • Make-Up and Hair: Cat Elrod
  • Set Dresser: Yuri Elvin
  • Set Dresser: Zak Dunn
  • Production Coordinator: Iliana Guevara
  • Stunt Coordinator: Tripp Pickell
  • Key Production Assistant: Bayan Hedayaty
  • Production Assistant: Frank Paulino
  • Production Assistant: Jack Avetissian
  • Production Assistant: DuJuan Johnson
  • Craft Services PA: Antonia Navarra
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Albert Lannutti
  • Special Effects Technician: Nick Danischewsky
  • Special Effects Technician: Richard Miranda
  • Special Effects Technician: Jason Rogin
  • Fire Safety Officer: Michael Proett
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: James Lee Hernandez
  • Post Production Sound Mixer and : Eric Marks
  • Teacher: Stella Pacific
  • Catering: Impeccable Taste Catering
  • Special Thanks: Sarah McElligot and Hannah Mae
  • Special Thanks: Peter King

How Do You Watch? Devices You Can Use to Stream SpiritClips

Are you streaming SpiritClips on your computer? Did you know that’s not the only way to watch our films? By streaming SpiritClips movies to your phone, tablet, or connected TV, you can watch our films in the way that’s most fun and convenient for your family: in the living room for movie night, with your kids during a long road trip, or in bed, snug under the covers.
For a living room viewing experience, stream movies to your connected TV. SpiritClips supports these Smart TVs, Blu-Ray Players, Streaming Media Players and Gaming Consoles:
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To watch movies on Roku, install the SpiritClips Roku Channel and sign in with your SpiritClips username and password

 For viewing on the go, stream movies to your phone or tablet. SpiritClips supports these mobile devices:

  • Android Phones and Tables via Google Play
  • iPad 2, 3, 4, Mini, Air
  • iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c, 5s
  • Nook HD and HD+ Tablets
  • Kindle Fire 2nd Gen, HD, HDX
  • Samsung Galaxy Tablets
SpiritClips is here wherever and whenever you need inspiration. You don’t have to be chained to your computer–connect using the devices that make the most sense for you and your family!
Xbox 360

To watch movies on Xbox 360, install the SpiritClips Xbox Channel and sign in with your SpiritClips username and password

Hallmark Hall of Fame Movies

For more than 60 years, the Hallmark Hall of Fame has presented original films that entertain, enlighten, and inspire. As one of the most beloved and honored programs in the history of American television, they have won an unprecedented 80 Emmys, 9 Golden Globes, 11 Peabody Awards. You may have grown up watching Hallmark Hall of Fame movies in the living room after Thanksgiving, or as the days shortened and your neighbors began putting up their Christmas lights.

Hallmark Hall of Fame

HallmarkSpiritClips.com is the exclusive online streaming provider of Hallmark Hall of Fame movies

SpiritClips is proud to be the exclusive online streaming provider for selected movies from the Hallmark Hall of Fame collection. These award-winning films, starring actors and actresses you know and love, have a long tradition of bringing families together.

Sign up today for a one-week free trial to start watching these Hallmark Hall of Fame movies instantly:

A Dog Named Christmas
A Painted House
A Place for Annie
A Season for Miracles
A Smile as Big as the Moon
An American Story aka After the Glory
Back When We Were Grownups
Beyond The Blackboard
Blind Spot
Breathing Lessons
Brush with Fate
Calm at Sunset
Candles on Bay Street
Caroline?
Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness
Cupid and Cate
Durango
Ellen Foster
Fallen Angel
Firelight
Follow the Stars Home
Front of the Class
Grace & Glorie
Harvest of Fire
In Love and War
Journey
Little John
Loving Leah
Missing Pieces
Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith
My Sister’s Keeper
Night Ride Home
November Christmas
Old Man
Pictures of Hollis Woods
Plainsong
Redwood Curtain
Riding The Bus With My Sister
Rose Hill
Saint Maybe
Silver Bells
The Blackwater Lightship
The Boys Next Door
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
The Echo of Thunder
The Flamingo Rising
The Locket
The Lost Child
The Lost Valentine
The Love Letter
The Magic of Ordinary Days
The Piano Lesson
The Runaway
The Russell Girl
The Seventh Stream
The Summer of Ben Tyler
The Valley of Light
The Water Is Wide
To Dance with the White Dog
What the Deaf Man Heard
When Love Is Not Enough

Gratitude InspireWire Release

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November is a time dedicated to sharing and today SpiritClips would love to share our newest InspireWire addition. Thanksgiving was originally deemed a day to give thanks for the blessings of the years harvest and for the preceding year but it is also associated with family, friends, reunions and thankfulness, as shown in Gratitude. This months SpiritClips original series of InspireWire exemplifies the benefits of having a “gratitude attitude”, an attitude focused on expressing appreciation towards the people and things we are glad to have in our lives. The featured clips shown in Gratitude share the expressions of a 10-year-old boy finding his lost cat, a father excited about a precious gift, a young child who truly embodies the “gratitude attitude” and a man who treks 86 days through the South Pole alone. Perspective is an important thing to note and realize while going throughout your day and these genuine reactions of our SpiritClippers prove how small things can truly go a long, long way.

One habit SpiritClips would love to recommend would be to keep a gratitude journal, daily or monthly. Keeping track of the great moments in your life has proven to boost your immune systems, help cope with stress and increase levels of happiness.

What are you grateful for? We’d love to share your story with our followers. Send us your videos and inspiring moments to InspireWire@spiritclips.com. 

Click Below to Watch:

Gratitude InspireWire

Everyone at SpiritClips would love to wish you and your loved ones a HAPPY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Phone Message Film Releases Today, WATCH IT HERE NOW!

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     Recording a voicemail has become a New Age pressure. These seemingly little recordings require thoughtful preparation, the right wording, appropriate timing, and have the capability of inciting profound conversations. Perceived as simply mechanical and emotionless, answering machines unconsciously expose secrets, share moments, confront rejection, extend invitations and help us stay connected to friends and family. A voicemail can also be a valuable tool to help us communicate a message that isn’t always easy in person; the kind of message that will undoubtedly change the life of the recipient. In the case of our new SpiritClips original film Phone Message, a message can become a beautiful gift both left and received by two people.

     Phone Message is a short film about April Hart, a young woman who was adopted at birth by loving parents, who reveals her tribulations of leaving the perfect voicemail in an attempt to contact her biological mother for the first time. April Hart was focused on exploring her curiosities and taking a risk, which is an essential part of growing up. She begins her quest of self-discovery by recovering her past to build a platform for creating her future. SpiritClips coworkers, Director, Cristina Malavenda and Writer, Iliana Guevara, came up with the premise of the storyline formulated by a challenge to develop a captivating real time, three-minute film.

After interviewing Iliana Guevara, it was apparent the heart and soul shining behind Phone Message directly corresponded to her belief in the underlying power of the storylines motif. Guevara wanted to share an experience of what it would be like to initiate conversation with someone after a long period of silence and investigate the curiosities adoption may lead some young adults to solving. Extensive research on adoption and technology communication studies played an impactful role on how the script was written and how the film was directed. The situation is realistically portrayed and leads viewers to “put [themselves] in April Heart’s shoes”, states Guevara.

The premise of the film focuses on gaining the confidence it takes to commit to following through with a life changing decision. Staying positive and believing in the benefits of your situation outweighing any loss is also an important theme in the film. Maintaining self-belief that we are strong enough to withstand possible emotional repercussions due to taking a leap of faith is an awareness that should be encouraged.

When asked what viewers should take away from watching Phone Message, Rob Fried, SpiritClips CEO and acclaimed film Producer, replied

“It is possible to give a gift to a child that can last a lifetime in just one moment. Parenting is a long-term commitment and consistently an ongoing, daily effort. A real “parent” is someone who is there.”

Fried also noted that there are important events in every child’s life that become a transformative moment shared between child and parent. Loving reinforcements embraced with support by family members help build strong, everlasting ties. Sometimes these ties are initiated late in life, as in April Hart’s case. She was given two gifts from her mother the moment she was born. One, being her genetic musical talents and two, a specific melody that later in life became the basis for her career. Rob Fried was excited to support Phone Message because of the beautiful story it shared.

Overall, the goal of SpiritClips is to share stories of hope and inspiration. Fried is confident in his staff having “amazing, young filmmakers working to change lives for the better”. He noted that there are commonalities between all the employees at SpiritClips; they are driven to encourage others and all possess the same positive mentality. SpiritClips original productions are all uniquely interesting topics that appeal to Fried and are pure, as well as heartening. Launching SpiritClips granted a spirit of freedom that allowed Fried to showcase his personal sensibility without the influence of the “Hollywood Machine” dictating what to show the public masses. Phone Message is just one of the many great original films created at SpiritClips, so please click the link below to watch April Hart’s destiny. It debuts today, October 29.

I encourage you to share this film and its message with your friends, family and loved ones.

Phone Message Film

Discussions and topics that you can open related to this blog post;

- Modes of communication and their differences.
– The social impact of the cell phone.
– Are voicemails too impersonal or more thoughtful than a text, email and letter?

Four Immortal Chaplains Leave One Everlasting Message

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    Four Chaplains Writer and Director, James Hernandez, a SpiritClips film editor, teamed with our in-house writer, John Dion, to create a moving three minute motion graphic documentary about a tragic yet courageous saga of four heroic men. Debuting this Friday, October 18, 2013, Four Chaplains depicts the catastrophe of a U.S. Army transport ship that was torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II.

Hernandez developed a desire for constructing the storyline, initially sparked by Dion’s idea for the film, due to his interest in the history and underlying interfaith religious undertones. Each of the four Chaplains, all ranked as first Lieutenants, varied in faith and background but communally shared a selfless dedication to saving lives aboard the sinking ship. Throughout the pandemonium aboard the dark, moonlit U.S.A.T. Dorchester, Methodist minister George Fox, Reform-Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reformed Church of America minister Clark Poling and Roman Catholic priest John Washington stood shining among the frightened passengers calmly assisting in the evacuation of the other 900 soldiers and civilians. Once the battle seemed to be overcome by the frigid North Atlantic waters, the four Chaplains linked arms, sang encouraging hymns and not only sacrificed their own life vests to four other helpless young men, but ultimately sacrificed their lives.

The tale of these men can be summed up in the memorials mission statement,

“to further the cause of unity without uniformity’ by encouraging goodwill and cooperation among all people”.

Accounts from the 230 survivors summarized grandiose disbelief and genuine gratitude of these four honored Chaplains because they brought hope in despair and light in darkness. Keeping the powerful stories from those who endured the wrath of this calamity in mind, SpiritClips realized what a beautiful message had been born from the disaster. Our production team took the necessary steps to make sure the story would be conveyed with as much passion as the Chaplains possessed and the survivors still carry with them today. Traveling to the memorial located in the former South Philadelphia Naval Yard, photographs were taken, recounts were duly noted and informational brochures were collected as source material to ensure a truthful representation for the filming. Since May, production has grown from planning, filming, execution and today it’s release. Please enjoy the short film and the touching, inspirational message behind the documentary. Do something, even if it’s slightly impactful, to better someone’s life today. Share positivity and encourage the influences of how far a small act of kindness can go.

Click the link below to watch Four Chaplains:

Four Chaplains

If you don’t already, please follow us on Facebook for updates and encouraging words. Also, visit www.spiritclips.com to sign up for a membership to be sent weekly heartwarming, thought provoking and inspirational original short films created by SpiritClips.

Life Is Beautiful At SpiritClips

 

“Life Is Beautiful” is not about Nazis and Fascists, but about the human spirit. It is about rescuing whatever is good and hopeful from the wreckage of dreams. About hope for the future. About the necessary human conviction, or delusion, that things will be better for our children than they are right now.” Roger Ebert, Film Critic

There are movies that change people’s lives – heartwarming and inspirational films like Life Is Beautiful, Cinema Paradiso, Enchanted April, Good Will Hunting, Little Buddha, The Mighty, and Pride of the Yankees to name a few. These major motion pictures and more are now playing on SpiritClips!

Why did we choose them to be part of our family of films? Because they’re the kind of films that might just help you see the good during the worst of times, or inspire you to take a risk for love, or send you off on a holiday that could change your life forever, and maybe even teach you how to hit the ball out of the park over and over again.

That’s what we strive for at SpiritClips from Hallmark. Sure, we could present you with entertainment that is certainly entertaining but is it life affirming, does it make you feel, make you think, and stay with you even when it’s long over – probably not. And, lets face, Life Is Beautiful so why not celebrate it every chance you get – with SpiritClips from Hallmark.

Enjoy inspirational, heartwarming, feel good movies online on SpiritClips.

Major Hollywood Films Now On SpiritClips!

Now, for the very first time, major Hollywood motion pictures are available on SpiritClips. For years, we’ve combed through Hollywood film vaults to find inspiring films from around the world, films that celebrate human strength, imagination, and love. It’s an honor to bring you timeless classics like Good Will Hunting, Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful, Enchanted April, Little Buddha, Pride of the Yankees, and many, many more. These films are just the first of many that we will be adding to our carefully curated collection in the coming months. We love these movies so much, and we’re so happy to share them with you.

SpiritClips. The place to watch heartwarming, inspirational, feel good movies online.

Happy Easter from SpiritClips

Easter is so many things. For some it’s a time to rest, for others a time to play. There’s cooking and family and baskets full of candies and bunnies. The stores are filled with pastels and spring has sprung. There are so many glorious traditions as we remember and give thanks for all we’ve been given. The future feels a bit brighter and the past gives us strength. And so we give thanks to all of you…from your friends at SpiritClips from Hallmark family. Happy Easter!

Why Is Your Dog AWESOME? Enter The Contest!

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It’s contest time!  Why?  Because we’re excited to celebrate our upcoming release of “Smokey”, a SpiritClips Original premiering April 19th.  What makes Smokey special to us is the fact that we’ve never worked with animals before.  In the film, Smokey is a one-of-a-kind Sable Border Collie who puts his life on the line to save his owner from a ferocious wolf attack.  Here’s a little inside scoop…the crew had to be very quiet and still because the wolf wasn’t the friendliest guy around!

 

Okay, so what’s this contest all about?  We’d love for you to share photos of your own awesome dogs!  No, they don’t have to be saving you from wolves to be awesome. They just have to be having fun, making cute faces, playing with toys, getting into mischief, or even sleeping on their back with all four paws up in the air like one of ours at SpiritClips likes to do.  Who knows, your photo might win the grand prize  – a $250 Petco gift card! And there are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th prize winners, too.  Best of all, every winner gets a one year free subscription to SpiritClips!

So enter the “Why Is Your Dog AWESOME?” contest today!  You’ll find it below and at https://www.facebook.com/HallmarkInstantStreaming

Ready, set, bark!

 

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