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!
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.