Tri-Seven teams up with tedx adventures
In March Tri-Seven's own D.K. Johnston was recruited to be one of three Directing instructors during the TEDx Adventures Filmmaking Workshop in Denver, Colorado. Together with assistant director Vincent Gonzales and director/cinematographer John Johnston the three directors worked with a group of kids from all over Colorado (Ages 13-16) to produce a 2-3 minute short film. Shot entirely at The Lot at Rino with instructors in acting, cinematography and editing helping to put the films together from start to finish in just one day. Most of the kids had very little to no experience in filmmaking, but all attended with enthusiastic attitudes, and a willingness to learn what it takes to be a professional in the world of film & television production. The instructors provided a short script, camera, sound equipment and a dedicated editor for each of the three teams. The scripts were identical, but the students were allowed to take what they learned that day and fill in the ending with their own ideas. We'll be posting the additional films produced for the workshop as they become available, but take a look below at the final story produced by D.K. and his team of students.
tri-seven and crooked pictures to screen at the 2017 Efpalooza film festival in Denver, colorado march 16-18.
Hosted by The Emerging Filmmakers Project in Denver, EFPalooza is a annual event highlighting some of the best films screened at previous monthly events over the past year. Levi A. Taylor's film "Father of Lies" will screen on March 16th as part of the March Emerging Filmmakers Project kicking off the festival starting at 8PM, and D.K. Johnston's "Break in Reality" will close the festival on Saturday the 18th starting at 9PM. The event will screen at The Bug Theater in Denver, and advanced tickets for the screenings can be purchased HERE.
Tri-Seven in association with No Clue Entertainment launches Post-Production Indiegogo Campaign for recent feature comedy "Army & Coop"
The feature-length comedy "Army & Coop" is seeking your assistance in raising funds to support the final stages of the post-production process in order to bring the most polished vision of the film to a screen near you. This motion picture is the directorial debut of writer, director and producer Dennis Hefter and producer D.K. Johnston. The project completed filming in winter 2016 with the help of a dedicated cast and crew, but we need your help to cross the finish line.
Learn more about how to contribute by clicking HERE!
six dead bodies duct-taped to a merry-go-round goes to hollywood
We recently received word that the short film we produced in collaboration with director Kevin T. Bennett and DP Steve Rychetnik has been accepted into the 2017 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. The short was originally a stage play adapted to the screen, and produced, by Bennett and our own D.K. Johnston. If you are in the Los Angeles area be sure to come out February 16-26 to see some Alaskan talent on the big screen!
Army & Coop gets featured in the left hand valley courier
This week we are excited that www.lhvc.com did a featured piece on our film and Writer/Director/Producer Dennis Hefter. Several of the cast were also interviewed and recapped the story of how the film came to be. We are very proud of the hard work and dedication both cast and crew brought to the project, and look forward to its release later this year. See the full article HERE.
tri-seven screens "story time" at the emerging filmmakers project
On Thursday, September 15, 2016 D.K. Johnston will present the short film "Story Time", directed by Levi A. Taylor of Crooked Pictures, along with several other shorts produced by local filmmakers. The screening will take place at the Bug Theatre in Denver, CO starting at 8pm. Tickets at $5, free local beer for those over 21. The film was produced in collaboration with Tri-Seven with Producer D.K. Johnston. The Film stars Bradford James Jackson, Evan Silcox and Niamh Rossignol. Set in the Alaskan wilderness in 1991 "Story Time" gives audiences a glimpse into the unique upbringing of director Levi A. Taylor. Short in 2012 and premiered in 2013 this film represents the second of six films Tri-Seven has helped produced in league with Crooked Pictures. We look forward to many more. For more information on the event visit www.efpdenver.com. D.K. also did a short interview about his experience on the production. Click Here for the full story.
d.k. goes on film 101 in denver, co to talk about upcoming projects
D.k. Johnston wins 1st runner up IN THE 2016 BEVERLY HILLS FILM FESTIVAL Screenplay competition
This past weekend D.K. Johnston and Tri-Seven Pictures, along with Crooked Pictures, presented "The Cypherian: Lineage" screenplay and the short film "Father of Lies" at the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival. On Sunday during the closing night festival gala D.K. was awarded 1st Runner Up in the Screenplay Competition out of over 1,000 scripts submitted to this year's festival.
"Father of Lies" opened to a full theater in front of the Festival Award-Winning film "Irrefutable Proof" directed by Ziad H. Hamzeh. The film was incredibly well received and attended by many of the cast and crew, including director Levi A. Taylor, who helped bring the film to life last summer. This is Tri-Seven's fourth project accepted into competition at the Beverly Hills Film Festival and second project with Crooked Pictures. We'd like to thank the festival for having us again this year, and congratulations to all the filmmakers and screenwriters at this year's festival.
father of lies heads to the 2016 beverly hills film festival
We recently received word that one of our latests shorts films “Father of Lies” was selected as part of the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival.
break in reality now online
After over a year on the festival circuit we are proud to announce that “Break in Reality is now online!
tri-seven pictures headed to stiff!
We are proud to announce our narrative short “Break in Reality” will be screening in Seattle, WA on May 5th opening for the Animated Feature Documentary “Truth has Fallen” starting at 6PM (PT). Below is the screening schedule and link to ticket sales. If you are in the area be sure to stop by and say hello!
“Break in Reality” – Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – Get Tickets
For more information on the rest of the festival visit trueindependet.org.
alaska's top 40 under 40
We are thrilled to announce that our very own Assistant Director and Production Manager, D.K. Johnston, was selected as one of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 this year. This event honors the state’s top young professionals who have demonstrated professional excellence and a commitment to their community.
You can read the full list of this this year’s nominees HERE.
tri-seven pictures at the anchorage international film festival
We are proud to announce that two of Tri-Seven’s latest projects have been selected by the Anchorage International Film Festival!
Below are the screening schedule and link to other related events Tri-Seven Pictures will be participating in during the festival.
“Break in Reality” – Mixed Bag – Short Film Screening – Thursday, December 11, 2014
“Six Dead Bodies Duct-Taped to a Merry-Go-Round” – Alaksa Grown – Short Film Screening – Saturday, December 13, 2014
AIFF Quick Freeze Competition – Short Film Screening
For more information on the rest of the festival visit anchoragefilmfestival.org.
letter to the alaska dispatch news
As Alaska’s legislature debates the extension of the Film & Television Tax Incentive Program Tri-Seven’s own D.K. Johnston submitted the following letter to the Anchorage Daily News. The letter was drafted in response to recently printed opposition pieces disputing the usefulness of Senate Bill 23 in helping to create a sustainable industry in Alaska. Additional letters can be found HERE.
Film Tax Incentive program helps Alaskans produce their stories
In all the recent conversations about the Film Tax Incentive program, people seem to forget the creative impact and community unification which has taken place over the last few years.
I am one of many Alaskans who traveled outside the state to obtain education and experience in film and television production. After graduating from school I began “paying my dues” in California, but after two years I found myself coming back to Alaska more often for work than in the Lower 48. This was due mainly to the tax incentive.
Since returning full time I have seen a small community of amateur and professional storytellers come together and establish a network of hard-working filmmakers. This network was made possible by the incentive, and without a ten-year commitment from the state these filmmakers will be forced to follow the industry elsewhere.
I hope people understand that without SB23 we aren’t just turning our backs on this industry, but we are also turning our backs on a new generation of aspiring Alaska storytellers.
— D.K. Johnston
owner/operator, Tri-Seven Pictures
TRi-Seven Animated Logo
The original design for the logo was created by Carol VanDerWege for our short film “The Cypherian“. The symbol was worn by our hero Servius, and the design is derived from anceient Celtic, Druid, and Egyptian designs. The three stones in middle were made from onyx to represent strength. The three sevens were chosen to reflect D.K. and Katherine’s wedding date. 7-7-07.