Monday, December 2, 2013

Don't Jinx it.

Two days short of exactly one month ago I posted an update about how I was almost done. Well... Life happened, as life tends to do, and I smacked into some fairly intense obstacles. One of my characters got back to me after I had submitted to True/False, Big Sky, and Boston Underground film Festivals saying that as the documentary currently stood, their organization felt arbitrarily represented, and wished to be excluded from the final product.

You can imagine the beats my heart missed. I responded in an attempt to save 1/3 of the documentary, and we ended up working out a compromise. Three new scenes, twenty less minutes, and a few timeline shuffles later, I am waiting for what will hopefully be my last batch of peer reviews before I finalize my product.

Now I'm not going to say anything to warrant a knock on wood, crossed fingers, or any other anti-jinxing ritual, but at this point I think I have a vastly improved product from last month, and that's what really matters.

I'm on my own editing now, Julia gave me back my external hard drives and iMac, and HUE has been working with me to get my brand set and develop a website.

As always, thank you for your support,

Monday, November 4, 2013


The end is near!

In a good way.

Although in stages of fine cutting, I have submitted what is now titled "Root From Rust" to Big Sky, True/False, and Buffalo Underground Film Festivals. I have learned so much in the past few weeks, and wow, the last 18 months have been like an entire undergraduate education.
Things that still need to be done: Color Correction, some rearranging/replacing of clips, and audio mixing. The website is being built, and the soundtrack is almost done. Then I'll need to get dvds, cds, posters, post cards, and water bottles made.

This is all happening just in time, too. The fan in my laptop has been making strange noises lately, and I think I've been working him a little too hard :/

In a week editing will be in the hands of the audio mixer, and I'll be done editing (though I still need to make a trailer).

Here's to the end.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

So Many Things are Happening

List style:

I have been talking to HUE, and I'll be getting a contract and making a deposit for website creation this week. It won't be done in time for my applications, but maybe by the time anyone actually looks at my applications... That's what I'm hoping anyway.

Julia and I chose 8 of the tracks Christine made, and she sent them to this guy named Oliver, who will be remastering/mixing them all and making them sound professional. So that'll be the final soundtrack.

Another person I don't personally know (this guy named Michael) will be cleaning up the audio on the final cut.

I am almost done composing the Vines scenes, after which I'll be doing more of the detail editing.

Julia gave the Restaurant Week scene a rest to work on Zona, we'll swap eventually, so she can put her style on Vines and I can nitpick BingSpot and Zona.

I don't think we will have a final cut by my early November deadlines, but we'll have a late enough edition to submit, which is ok.

I'm scared and excited for the end. People have been so supportive, and I don't want to let them down. I need to get into festivals so people can see I achieved something. Getting into festivals doesn't mean I'll get distribution though, which is disheartening and makes me feel .. tired inside.

The learning has been constant and at points overwhelming. It's only when I have to explain something that I realize just how much knowledge I've gained these past months.

Haggard breathing carries us up the last bit of hill.
     The end is near.