On Safer Ground is a beautiful documentary about a young football team from Laos, the most heavily bombed country on earth, who dream of being the first team to represent their country at the largest youth football tournament in the world. When it came to us the film was 1 hour 40 minutes long and the original producers needed a helping hand to get it completed. They needed a film for TV and a slightly longer version ready for theatrical release.
The 53 minute TV version needed to be finished to full Television Broadcast specs while the theatrical version required a different sort of pacing and a more complex sound mix.
Our freelance editor at Halo, Gary McMath, edited the footage. Gary is a strong story teller, he brings the skills and the creativity to edit quickly and to a very high standard. He has a wide range of experience in editing documentaries so we felt he would be perfect for this project. The end result was a beautifully put together documentary which tells a compelling and inspirational story.
The film will feature in the Luang Prabang Film Festival which is based in Lao, the country where the documentary was filmed. It will also be shown on broadcast TV internationally. The first broadcast release will be featured on the greatly respected and widely watched TV Channel, NHK Japan, which is well known for it’s fantastic documentaries and lifestyle films.
On Safer Ground is a perfect example of how Halo Films can help producers complete their projects. Our broadcast experience means we can help both editorially in shaping films and also know how to finish them off technically. We also worked closely with the films’s distributor, Off The Fence Ltd, to make sure that all the paperwork and deliverables were in place.