In 1986 a preliminary search
was first made for relevant archival film in public and private
archives nationwide. Much was found to exist, albeit on decomposing
nitrate film. Two years of research and writing began the following
year, leading to completion of a comprehensive historical "treatment"
in January 1989. That was followed by three and a half years of
collaborative fundraising with The Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation.
Through the leadership and generosity of the Woodstock Foundation,
preproduction began in May 1992. Actual film production began
in August, 1993. The three-hour story edit was completed in February
1997. Since then, much of the producer's time has been devoted
to completion fundraising.
- Pilot Phase: (Initial search for existence
of archival film.)
June - September 1986
- Treatment Phase: (Research and writing, leading
to a four hundred page historical treatment on the personal
and political life of Calvin Coolidge; mail bound copies to
all academic advisors for review and comment.)
January 1987 - January
||Hiatus of three and
a half years
while funds were raised before production could begin.
- Preproduction: (Research, contacts and "casting";
structuring interviews; advance trips and production planning;
continued fundraising; initial filming.)
May 1992 - August 1993
- Production: (Acquisition of story material
on film and audiotape; organization and evaluation of material.)
August 1993 - December
- Postproduction: (Structure and edit the three-hour
story; begin the location, acquisition, restoration and remastering
of archival film, photos and sound recordings; preview screenings
and continued fundraising; mail bound copies of the completed
story edit to all academic advisors, interviewees and major
January 1995 - February
|Hiatus while completion and distribution
funds are raised. Acquisition, restoration and remastering
of archival film continues as quickly as funding allows.
- Finishing: (Completion of archival remastering;
fine cut sound and picture; music scoring, recording and edit;
sound mix; titles, opticals and film lab finishing; transfer
About a year once completion
funds are raised.