PLAY IT SAFE : Directed by Chris Pahlow
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PLAY IT SAFE is the debut feature film from writer/director Chris Pahlow. The film follows Jamie, a 26-year-old musician, who is out of work and down on his luck. When Jamie's band breaks up, he's left with no money, no career and no girlfriend. Now he teaches piano at a soul-destroying music school. Will he take a risk and follow his dreams? Or will he surrender to his new-found unhappiness and play it safe?

PLAY IT SAFE is an independent film produced without any funding or assistance from a commercial studio or government body. We are relying on the generous support of our friends and loved ones but we still need your help. Click here to find out how you can help make this project a reality.

Behind The Scenes: Blocks 09 and 10 (October 28th, 2013)

Hey guys, I thought it was high time for another quick update on how Play It Safe is coming along. Post production is going very well, and we screened the entire film for some of our core crew members for the first time a few weeks ago. Not only was is very rewarding to be able to show the guys what they’ve been working so hard on for so long, but it was amazing to get their feedback on how the edit is coming along. Right now, Raechel and I are working hard on our third cut of the film and we’ll be testing it on some real audience members (i.e. people who weren’t involved in the film’s production) for the very first time within the next two weeks!

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What To Do When You Can’t Get A Good Take (September 30th, 2013)

This is a director’s nightmare: Everyone’s in position, the cameras are rolling, but something’s not quite right. You’ve been shooting the same scene for what feels like an eternity and no matter what you do, the actors’ performances are just not getting any better.

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Act 1 Roughcut Screening (September 23rd, 2013)

Last week we hit another milestone in post-production as we screened the first half hour of Play It Safe for some our key team members (including cinematographer Sherwin Akbarzadeh, music supervisor & AP Oscar O’Bryan, and my good pal & longtime-collaborator Maia Tarrell). This was the very first time anyone other than Raechel and I had watched such a large chunk of the film which made the event equal parts exciting and nerve wracking. It was all smooth sailing once we got going though, and Rae & I collected a boatload of really valuable feedback. We’re already back hard at work tweaking the edit with the aim for all five of us to reconvene to review the entire film within the next month.

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