In some ways, it feels like it's been more than a month and in other ways, it's flown by really fast.
NEW SHORT FILMS:
That's right. There is an "s" on the end of that. This month has been insanely busy because while handling a slower process on LEFT HOOK, we were able to work a lot more on our two upcoming short films for this year. One is the already announced, HOW MUCH. The other is a new live action short film called FALLING OUT. We haven't talked much about it because to be honest, it was a very quick turn around. We wrote the script in April and suddenly had the whole thing planned out in time to shoot it last week. It's been pretty exciting and feels like a major step forward when it comes to the quality of our live action work.
All of that being said, HOW MUCH is completely finished. We're waiting to release it online because we want to do something special for the cast and crew. We'll be finding out very soon what that will be and when it will happen. Truth be told, it could be a couple months.
FALLING OUT is a similar situation. It isn't quite finished yet, but it is getting there. We just finished color grading the footage tonight and I will begin the editing process tomorrow. As for right now, I don't really know when you will be seeing either of these short films. But we will be quick to let you know once we do. They will be coming out this year regardless.
ANOTHER SCREENING FOR ANOTHER DAY COLDER:
Recently on Facebook, we announced that ANOTHER DAY COLDER was selected to screen at Doc Sunback this June. We're very excited to attend. It has yet to be announced which day our film will be playing. But once again, we'll announce that when we do know.
We released one new episode this month. That being Deadpool 2. The quality is a little bad on this one. It was David Young and I. He was recording from Arizona and unfortunately, what you hear in the episode is the best I could do to fix it. Trust me, it's a lot better now than it was before. The episode is fairly short though. So it shouldn't be too hard to sit through. I believe the next episode is coming in a couple weeks. Everything will be back to normal for that one.
Anyway, that's all I have to report right now. Have a good Memorial Day and we'll let you know what's happening when something happens!
Hey just wanted to pop in and give an update on a few things!
First off, we've had a few podcasts. Including: "Ready Player One", "Tarantino Deep Cuts: Director", "Isle of Dogs" and "John Carpenter". We cranked out quite a few episodes this month with quite a bit of variety. The next one will be Deadpool 2 in mid-May.
So earlier this year, we started doing a show called I.C. RECAP and it was meant to be a way summarize everything that has happened over the coarse of a month in a short video featuring Cantu and I. Primarily, it was supposed to be an easily consumable way for social media followers to get caught up (mainly Facebook users). Unfortunately, the way Facebook has changed things, you basically have to pay money if you want literally anyone to see your posts. Even the people who followed you. I'm pretty wise to the fact that people don't like to be bothered with excessive notifications. I'm one of those people. My personal goal is to not annoy any of the people who are nice enough to follow us. So, along with that and the fact that even the minimal effort we have to put in to producing the videos takes away from productivity on other things, we made a decision to cancel it.
That being said, a blog post or a tweet is just as effective. Why bother doing something that only serves to be a burden? If there's a need for it, it will return. As for right now, there isn't one.
So what else is going on? This month has been extremely busy. I've barely had any room to breath, myself. The main focus has been split between animating HOW MUCH (which is nearly finished and moving into post-production) and what I've been spending most of MY time on, which is creating a full assembly cut for LEFT HOOK. This is just an animatic with unmixed audio, but it tells us everything we need to know going forward. I'm very excited about everything we're working on right now. Even bigger updates are sure to come fairly soon. But until then, that's all I've got.
It's been a second since I've been able to sit down and type out a whole blog post. So here we go!
Currently, we're in the process of moving into our new home/studio with a ton more space for working. We've already done quite a bit and I'm sure we'll be showing off some of it in the next IC RECAP. It feels great to be making progress.
On a completely separate note, I feel that it is finally time to officially announce our next short film, HOW MUCH! First and foremost, to put any worried minds at ease, this does not really effect our work on LEFT HOOK. Our feature-length projects are always the main focus, but in our spare time we also want to create other content to not only fill the void during long production processes, but use these as opportunities to show our growth and introduce you to the new voices on our team (much like we started with Beth's ANOTHER DAY COLDER). This project is spearheaded by David Wayne Young. We've been slowly but surely working on it for about a year now from script to now being fully in production. While I am taking a few of the more complicated shots on, my focus will mostly remain on LEFT HOOK while others take on the bulk of animation. This is thanks in part to the interesting style the short is presented in blending animated characters with live-action backgrounds. We managed to find time early last month while David was here to film our background shots and snagged a couple behind the scenes photos while we were at it.
A little late on the blog post, I know! As you can imagine, we've been extremely busy.
On Wednesday, we released a 5-minute sneak peak of the film. So far, it's gone over pretty well. We're super proud of how it turned out.
Of course, there are a few things that we will be tweaking. Such as audio and a few visual elements. Also, the music we used is temporary. But this should give everyone a good idea of what the film will be like.
Anyway, we can't thank everyone enough for all the support we've gotten so far! An important thing o note is that the full $25,000 goal is just an ideal number. We are prepared to work with what ever we get. The campaign page has a list of what we can do at certain milestones. Even if the campaign ended right now, we would be able to use what we've gotten and it would be up to us to find a way to either fill in the rest or pull it off without the money. We're dedicated to making this film our best one yet!
Next week, we will be releasing a behind the scenes video with interviews from our lead voice cast. Look forward to that!
I'm sure after the campaign, we will have a big update talking about just how this year is going to shake out. There are lots of things to be excited about!
Recently, David Young was in town and we recorded a podcast over the film AKIRA. You can listen to that HERE. I think the episode turned out pretty good. Next time, we will be continuing our new annual tradition of The Golden Jamie Awards!
That's all for now! See ya next week!
February will be a big month for us and this project in particular. We have pretty much completed everything we need to for the fundraiser and we're extremely excited to get the ball rolling on it. Also nervous. But that's all a part of the process. We've spent the last several months really working extra hard on this (not that we weren't before then as well) and I'm feeling really good about everything we've made. I just got back from the Kansas City area again today because I was recording an interview with IX Productions where we talked about the film. That should be going up during the fundraiser. There is still so much work ahead of us and I'm excited to get around to it.
We also recently put out a podcast on the films of Mamoru Hosoda! You can listen to that HERE! We'll have another one out fairly soon on one of our favorite films, AKIRA!
That's all I've got for you right now. Talk to you again very soon!