Filmmaker William Riead is currently in the completion stages of postproduction for his upcoming biopic The Letters, depicting 50-years in the life of Mother Teresa, who died in 1997. Riead turned to Blue Room Post, located at Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios, to deliver a full range of postproduction services on this historically accurate epic, 10-years in the making.
Blue Room Post’s Andras Ostrom served as editor of The Letters, with color correction being handled by Robert Douglas. Mike Patterson is providing ADR and audio mixing services. Flame artist Brent Gilmartin is spearheading work on more than 50 visual effects shots featured in the film. This VFX work includes a number of greenscreen shots, (including moving vehicles, trains and cars), several crowd enhancement and duplication scenes, a transition scene from an old still photograph into a live-action shot of 1946 Calcutta, stock footage integration, and a variety of invisible VFX shots, which help to enhance and embellish the storyline.
“I chose to bring The Letters to Blue Room Post specifically because they are so unlike many of the clinical, cookie-cutter post houses available out there,” said Riead. “Blue Room offers a nicely paced, fun and family-style atmosphere, while also providing thoroughly professional services.”
Riead shot the film on location in India, (including locations in Calcutta and Goa), and in London in early 2012. The film was shot in 2:40 widescreen Cinemascope format by cinematographer Jack Green. British actress Juliet Stevenson portrays Mother Teresa, and the twice Academy Award nominated actor Max von Sydow plays her spiritual director, (portraying a Jesuit priest for the first time since The Exorcist franchise).