Wow. I can’t believe I haven’t made a blog post since Halloween. Yet at the same time, I can. Things have been busy around here, but there has also been a lot in the air. That said, I believe it’s time to unpack all of it.
Before we start getting into the meat and potatoes, I just want to mention that we do have a holiday sale going on over on VHX and with our two films on Vimeo OnDemand. We knocked $2 off of everything. Movies, comic books, you name it. Okay, pretty much just those two things, but still. Definitely worth checking out if you’ve been wanting to get any of these things. This will be going on until December 31st.
This month, we’ve been releasing some fun material for LEFT HOOK on our social media pages. Mainly mini-featurettes with some of the cast. Also a special IC TRIES where we do the One Chip Challenge to bring attention to the film. The biggest development however, is that among all the other spots it has landed, LEFT HOOK can now be streamed on AMAZON PRIME! It took much longer than I would have liked to get that finalized, but I’m just glad I can finally say it.
Recently, I was interviewed on INDIES ON INDIE to talk about the film. It was nice to follow up because I also appeared on the show back in early 2018 to promote the fundraiser. It was nice catching up with Patrick Poe and I hope everyone enjoys the episode. While the main focus was LEFT HOOK, we also touched on a few other things that I can announce here today.
A SCRIPT CALLED MISERY
Our current comic book, while moving slowly, is moving along. With 3 out of 5 parts released, I fully expect for this to be wrapped up next year. The idea is to finish releasing the singles digitally and then to print an omnibus for conventions.
While that is cool news, the even cooler news is the additional plans we’ve been putting together throughout the second half of this year. When the omnibus is released, we will also be putting out a motion comic movie paired with a fully voiced audio track. We pulled in several of our good actor friends to be a part of it and I’m equally as excited to get that out there as I am the other two issues. With cast members like Elijah Muldrow and Harrison Hallows leading the project, how could I not get excited!? It will be similar in presentation to this promo for Issue 3. I don’t want to give a solid timeline for it just yet. However, we do expect it to be out next year.
THE DOG PARK
Well-well-well! Something new!? That’s right. I announced it a little sooner than I originally intended on that interview I mentioned earlier. But I couldn’t pass up the chance. Honestly, I’m super passionate about this one. It’s a big deal to me. I won’t do a deep dive into exactly what it’s all about until later, but it’s a graphic novel featuring multiple episodic stories following a very fun group of characters. They’re all dogs. Don’t worry, there are no bad dog puns or anything. They just happen to be dogs. Seriously. It’s not even a big deal.
The approach to this one will be different to that of A SCRIPT CALLED MISERY. Aside from being released all at once, we are going to try out a pre-order format through Indiegogo this time. That seems to be the common way to handle indie comics these days. Though, we do plan to have copies at conventions as well, whenever those get going again.
THE DOG PARK is a series that I used to write when I was a kid first learning to be a writer and an artist. So like I said, it’s a passion project. This time around I’m illustrating things myself and mostly writing by myself as well, with fantastic contributions from a story team of Beth and the Davids.
All of this said, DOG PARK will be more than just a comic book. We already have plans for companion cartoons and a few other fun things to go along with it. Alas, these are all things we will need to cover later as well.
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!
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.
Hope you are having a good 2017 so far. While the latter part of 2016 might have felt a little bare, I'm pretty happy with the our milestones. I finally got to check making a feature off of my list of accomplishments. Next up is making one I'll actually be happy with. I'm also glad we made Time Less and put together what is definitely the best year the podcast has had so far.
Looking forward, this year is going to be a very busy one. As far as I know, it will be lacking in any big releases. But there will be a thing or two worth noting later on. This year is all about raising the bar behind the scenes.
Hope you enjoyed Living After Midnight over the holidays. Streaming ends tonight and it will be going right back into the Disney Vault until the end of time. But seriously, it will be available on VHX for $5 from here on out. We may do something like this again next year (maybe) but that's up to me to decide 12 months from now.
As for the podcast we'll be coming back on the 20th (ideally) for "The Founder". We have a pretty neat schedule planned out for this year and I'm excited to do several of these episodes.
Anyway, that's enough pointless rambling from me. Have a good year, everyone!
We still have great news rolling in. The major thing being that LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT is streaming on our website for free. From now to January 1st, you'll be able to see the film right here. But if you want to check out the bonus features as well, or even give us a little support, the full package on VHX is now starting at $1.
For anyone who has been curious about the film, now is your chance to see it. I wanted to think of something special we could give to you guys. Not sure if this really constitutes as such, but it's close enough.
But we still have a few surprises in store for you. So stay tuned for more updates!
The movie is up on VHX. It's 3$ to rent, 5$ to own and 8$ to have the movie and the bonus features. I definitely think it's at least worth renting if you've liked our past content. But if you're interested in the process of how we made a feature for $4000 in the middle of nowhere in Kansas, then the bonus material is totally worth it. I'm pretty happy with our 30-minute behind the scenes documentary. There is also a commentary with Chris and I, an outtake reel and some other little gems hidden in the digital booklet we made.
But yeah, guys! It's finally out. This is the first of many features that we will be producing. Obviously we won't go into specifics yet. But it will be Chris's turn next. Not only that, but I'm already a third of the way into writing my next one as well. We intend to only make things bigger and better from here and any support for LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT will help tremendously.
It honestly feels really great to finally be at a point where we have gotten past the milestone. Now that we've made a feature film, it's just something that we do. I'm so thankful for everyone who was a part of making this one happen. My dedicated producers and the insanely talented cast made it a pretty good first experience for me. Can't wait to do more in the future. But this time, with much more knowledge.
So that covers that, I think.
We also just released a new podcast episode titled, "Francis Ford Coppola: The Rise and Fall of a Master". I know it's a little late, but I was juggling that with releasing the movie and finishing animation on Time Less.
Anyway, that's pretty much all I've got for you now, guys. More updates when something new comes up.
Hey! Just wanted to throw all of this out there before Living After Midnight comes out on Friday.
We recorded a podcast on Easter. We talk about a lot of different movies and even touch on Batman v Superman. It came out super late after because our podcast host had an uploading glitch. But who cares. It's up now!
We said we were doing Francis Ford Coppola next and we are. It's been super hard for me to find time to sit down and watch these movies with all the work I'm trying to balance. That and the fact that they are like, 3 hours long. Not sure when it will be recorded. I'm going to try to watch the movies here in the next week. Definitely won't come out this week though. What with the movie coming out and all.
Also, I'm nearly done animating Time Less. There will still be more work to be done after that. But I figured I'd give an update on that thing you know nearly nothing about. I'm going to ask Jamie to write his own post about that. Make that slacker do some work for once. He probably won't do it though since he's stranded in the outback eating tim tams or what ever the fuck they have in that third-world toilet. I'm really glad he never reads this stuff. :)
Stay tuned for Friday, guys!