Kitefliers Studios Update: Partnerships in progress

The latest from the Paonessa/Gobioff team.

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click to enlarge Shawn Paonessa on set during production of The Bedford Devil. - Kitefliers Studios
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Shawn Paonessa on set during production of The Bedford Devil.

When CL last caught up with Kitefliers Studios — the nascent multimedia project headed by Jobsite vets Shawn Paonessa and Neil Gobioff — the studio was working on its first production, a short comedy called The Bedford Devil. Earlier this year, Bedford Devil found a spot amidst the entries at the Gasparilla Film Festival.

Now, Kitefliers has announced its partnership with a film producer to produce three theatrical films, the first slated for 2013.

According to a press release on the Kitefliers website, Gobioff and Paonessa are currently reviewing scripts for production. The producer, Robert Ogden Barnum, will help with script selection and coordinate the pre-production team. Barnum's credits include Margin Call, and Lawless, starring Gary Oldman and Shia LaBeouf, and scheduled for release later this month.

Paonessa and Gobioff met Barnum at last year’s Toronto Film Festival through a mutual contact who had been the lighting designer for the first production of The March of the Kitefliers.

“We discovered a lot of commonalities regarding films and production, and have been working on our partnership ever since,” says Paonessa. “In fact, Neil and I just got back from L.A. for our first series of meetings with Rob and other producers, and it went great. It's going to be a good relationship.”

As for Bedford Devil, the short film looks to be on track for completion in the fall after going through what Kitefliers learned are some fairly common post-production delays.

“It's a lot of stuff that moviegoers take for granted,” says Paonessa. “You expect all the sound to be at the same volume, the lights and darks to all match, etc. When it's perfect, you don't even realize it. When it's broken, it can derail the whole experience.

“In a nutshell, we hit on one post-production hiccup, and as soon as we got a solution for that, we encountered another hiccup. We need to make sure we're ready before we commit to screening it. We are still planning on doing a Tampa screening when we start submitting it to film festivals.”

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