It's been a little over a month so it's about time I write an update! Lots of things have happened, so hopefully I remember everything.
A SCRIPT CALLED MISERY:
We released the first issue of our comic book series, A SCRIPT CALLED MISERY. It's been doing pretty well so far. We launched it at Air Capital Comic Con earlier this month and nearly sold out. It was a great time for sure! We are making plans for further hard copy releases, but currently the issue is available digitally through Amazon and VHX. You can find the links and a few preview pages HERE.
The series is meant to be a quarterly release so there will be a few month in between each issue. The full script is written, so Beth works on pages during down time from LEFT HOOK. Can't wait for you guys to see the rest of this thing, we're all very proud of it.
So this month has been our yearly hiatus, meaning no new episodes for now. However, we will be returning next month with Season 5. We have some cool things planned for this season and something I'm excited to say is that we have a new announcer for the intro and outro; fellow Wichita filmmaker, Lief Jonker. This dude is a local legend and we're so happy to have him on board.
More than likely, we will be returning next week with Creed II. Hope you'll tune in!
Lastly, until January 1st, we have a special deal happening on VHX. We have created a bundle with LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT, BRIMSTONE TERRACE, ANOTHER DAY COLDER, HOW MUCH and FALLING OUT (plus all of their bonus features) for $5. That's 8 hours of content. Along with scripts and an art book. If you ask me, it's a pretty great deal and it's also a great way to support us. All funds from this and our comic go towards funding LEFT HOOK. So check out the deal HERE.
That's all I've got for now. See ya next time!
It took me a couple days to sit down and actually write out a post, things have been so hectic lately. Last weekend, we went to the Doc Sunback Film Festival. ANOTHER DAY COLDER had two screenings, which was very cool. We went on both Friday and Saturday and met some really cool people and also caught up with some others we've met over the last year or so. We got to participate in a live Filmmaker Roundtable, which I can try to trim our segments into an isolated video at some point, but the full thing is shared on our Facebook page.
Ultimately, we ended up winning Best Kansas Animated Film, which was fantastic. Over all, Doc Sunback went very well. Can't wait to attend next year. The event photographer shared some of the photos with us so you can see those below...
Photographer: Michael Briley
Also, we released a podcast for Incredibles 2! So check that out too.
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!
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!
Also, to play a bit of catch up here, we have released three new podcast episodes since our last update. Those being: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (featuring David Cantu), "Christmas Special of the Thrill" and "Don Hertzfeldt" (both featuring Beth Christine). The next one will be later this month on the films of Mamoru Hosada. None of us have seen any of them yet, so we're excited to check them out!
Something else that has happened recently is that our feature, LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT, was put on both Amazon Prime and Vimeo On Demand. There will be links to all of the options on the film's page, HERE. The content you get on Vimeo is pretty much the same as VHX, minus a pdf booklet. The version on Amazon is free to watch for Prime members, but it is only the film by itself, no bonus material. Maybe give that a watch. It is a New Years movie after all.
Hey everyone! We have a bit of news tonight.
First up, there will be another festival screening of ANOTHER DAY COLDER in Kansas City this upcoming January. We have plans to attend and there will be more information in the future.
Next, there have been two new podcasts on recent films over the last couple weeks. One for KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE and tonight's episode, BLADE RUNNER 2049. The next episode will be our Halloween Special and it will serve as the season finale. Following that will be a break through the month of November. After which, we will have a couple episodes in the month of December. Things will just keep getting better come 2018. I'm excited for the future of the show.
An additional note: the event we sponsored, HORRORFEST 2017, has gone nationwide thanks to Regal Cinemas. It is currently in progress. Go check out the various films being played HERE.
That's all for now. More updates at a later time.
Good news! Our new short film, ANOTHER DAY COLDER, has a release date!
The film will make it's initial premiere at the LID OFF Film Festival in Lucas, KS on Friday, October 6th. It will be a part of a collection of shorts screening the first night. You can find more information about the festival on their website.
As for it's online premiere, we will be making it public on October 25th. It will be available for free. However, we will have a package with bonus content available on VHX for $1 (or more). All funds from that will go toward our future projects.
We're hoping to maybe get a few more screenings in as well. But that's all up in the air right now. Regardless, we're excited for everything coming up in the next month.
What's up everyone!? It's been a while since our last post. So I wanted to check in really quick.
First, a couple weeks ago, we released a new podcast episode, "Torture Podcast III". Once again, David Wayne Young guest hosted with us. I'd say it was a successful episode. Our next one won't be until, at least, the 29th. I believe we only have three more before until the end of this season. Following those, we'll take a month break from the show as we usually do.
Next up, the wait continues for the release of our new short film, ANOTHER DAY COLDER. Sorry there hasn't been any news as of late. I've unfortunately been taking my sweet time trying to see if we can do anything special for it at all. Regardless, I'm starting to believe that everyone will be seeing it some time in October. We'll get a specific date out there soon.
Lastly, I just wanted to lay mention for any Wichita locals out there, we have joined in sponsoring Horror Fest 2017. An annual event put on by the awesome people of Wichita Big Screen at the Old Town Warren through the month of October. For anyone unaware, this group stays up to date on all the special screenings happening in the various Wichita cinemas. I owe many of my best theater-going experiences over the last couple years to these guys. So for details on this, go visit their Facebook page HERE for any information regarding screenings.
There's a lot going on behind the scenes here. Can't wait to give more updates in the future.
How've ya been? Good? That's great. We have been making a lot of progress on our end. In fact, that's what I'm here to talk about. I'll try to break all of this down, because there will be quite a bit of information...
WE ARE AN LLC:
So for the last few years, we've been working towards having most of us in the same place and officially becoming an LLC. This year, we accomplished both of those things. Personally, I'm so happy to have reached this point. We have been working very hard to get here and we can finally start moving even further along. I have to give major thanks to David Young. Without him, we would still be sitting around wondering where to start.
WEBSITE 4.0 UPDATE:
Since you are here, you've probably noticed the update. This is definitely the biggest one so far. I've been holding back on going with the more modern website design because for a long time, they just looked ugly to me. But I'm actually really pleased with how this tuned out. I feel like everything is a bit more streamlined.
You may have noticed that we have new photos as well. Special thanks to Scott Reacher for helping us take the group photos on Friday.
We have also added a few new things in the "Our Work" section. Specifically, ANOTHER DAY COLDER and a section for Comics with a promo for A SCRIPT CALLED MISERY. Neither of these things are actually out yet, but will be coming fairly soon. I wanted to include them as part of the portfolio. I will talk more about the comic later.
In the "About Us" section, we have updated the personal profiles of each of the members and added a new introduction video. We figured it was time to replace "WHAT IS ILLUMINATION CINEMA!?". It was a little out of date. I'm very happy with the new video and hope you enjoy it.
Additionally, we will be launching a new page soon. The page will be called "Services". It will be full of different jobs you can hire us for both locally and online. I still need a bit of time to get the page ready, so it will probably be up some time next month.
We've been posting quite a bit on social media about all the aforementioned topics as well as some work on our current projects. There is still quite a bit we aren't prepared to talk about. But we have been extremely busy balancing a lot of stuff. Pretty much everyone in the company has something that they are working on right now. In general, we've been recording several voice over performances, storyboarding for our current feature, punching up scripts and working on getting ANOTHER DAY COLDER set up with a release date.
As promised, I want to briefly talk about the comic. It is based on a screenplay I wrote a couple years ago and it's being illustrated by Beth. I just finished looking over the sketches for the first issue and it is turning out really great. I'm not sure when it will be rolling out, but I'm very excited for it to happen. I'll tell you more when I'm able to.
As for everything else, I can't say much. But I'm equally excited about those things too.
While David Young was in town, he, Chris and I recorded two podcasts. One being "Directed to Dumpster Vol. 2". It was released a few days ago and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. There will be another episode going up (hopefully) on September 1st. After that, I believe the episode releases will be a bit slower.
Anyway, that's all I've got for you today. I hope you'll stay tuned for everything coming down the pipeline. The future is looking pretty bright right now.