A Story Revealed

In 2015, two young men embarked on an ambitious passion project—mysteriously titled, A Glory Revealed—with the help of a few friends. Now separated, they reflect upon the unique experience, assessing their successes and shortcomings, growing even closer along the way.

The summer of 2018 challenged me to make preparations, to consider how my time would be best utilized the following year, upon the upcoming completion of my degree in December. Largely shot that summer before my final semester commenced, then set aside as planned, in order to focus on my studies, A Story Revealed was established to occupy my time in 2019 as I began to research graduate schools. A foray into Documentary, I knew the editing would require significant time management, especially as a personal project without a concrete deadline. However, I was kept busy for much longer than originally anticipated.  

 

This production was not planned as a feature, and therefore, it's difficult for me to label it as a debut in that context, despite the run-time of 80 minutes. Upon close examination of the interviews, and the early assembly cuts, we felt it would work better as a simple feature, as opposed to a hectic twilight film of 40-50 minutes—too short for a feature, yet too long for a short. Ultimately, we feel we made the right choice. 

There are plenty of wonderful people to thank for one reason or another. Film is collaborative by nature. Alas, as descriptions are not novels, and limits must be enforced, Kyle McLaughlin and Skye King deserve particular praise for their unwavering support in nurturing the initial idea, into a reality. Faced with natural reservations upfront regarding whether to pursue the project, Kyle convinced me that I should, and Skye assured me that we could, at least in a manner which would lead to a personally satisfying result. 

A Story Revealed has been the process of closing many doors, an experience in long overdue closure. Nevertheless, it has also created opportunities and friendships throughout, many more than I could have ever predicted amidst both productions, the original Glory, and now the revised Story. It's a worthwhile, personal conclusion to a certain chapter in my life, one in which I navigated the possibilities of this medium, while enrolled at Virginia Tech. To this end, one might consider A Story Revealed somewhat of a self-initiated, undergraduate thesis project. An unconventional, lengthy and reflexive student endeavor, examining the past, with a sense of optimism towards the future.   

For now, you may view the trailer above, as we await to hear back from festivals. Please stay tuned for more information, or check out some of my short films in the meantime. 

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A Story Revealed

Director

W. Trent Welstead

Writer

W. Trent Welstead

Producers

W. Trent Welstead

Skye King

Executive Producer

Kyle McLaughlin

Featuring

W. Trent Welstead

Kyle McLaughlin

Jared Hottle

Skye King

Blake Bauserman

Taylor LaBrecque

Illustrations

Chance Lee

 

Photography

Skye King

W. Trent Welstead

James Hope

Sound Mixers

W. Trent Welstead

Izaak Funke

James Hope

Original Music

Nicholas Potthoff

Music Supervisor

Nicholas Doering

Poster Designer

Mark Meardon

Editors

W. Trent Welstead

Skye King

Post-Production Colorist

Skye King

 

Assistant Dialogue Editors

Joe Court

Nicholas Potthoff

Sound Editing Consultant

Brandon Hale

Stills Photographer

Jared Hottle

A Glory Revealed

Starring

W. Trent Welstead

Kyle McLaughlin

 

Photography

Kyle McLaughlin

W. Trent Welstead

Jared Hottle

Chance Lee

Spencer Sparagna

Blake Bauserman

Original Music

Nicholas Potthoff

Sound Mixers

Taylor LaBrecque

Chance Lee

Jared Hottle

Blake Bauserman

Boom Operators

Taylor LaBrecque

Chance Lee

Production Assistant

Justin Petzer

Original Motion Picture Score

Nicholas Potthoff, composer of both Glory and Story, has been a longtime collaborator, having created the music for most of my short films. His subsequent dedication to our first feature, especially one so personal in nature, has strengthened our working relationship to an even deeper extent. After A Story Revealed had been completed and submitted to festivals, we figured, why stop while we're ahead? Nick had amassed quite a few tracks which we felt deserved their own unique recognition, separate from the visuals. Together, we produced an album with the best of his creations, which we feel serves as a companion piece to the story. 

A Story Revealed: Original Motion Picture Score will be released on major streaming platforms in February, 2020. This includes Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon, among others.

 

Please stay tuned for additional information. If you would like to reach out to Nick to discuss a project, visit his website at cavernouspeople.com.

COMING SOON

Stills

Production Photos