Archive for November, 2009
I am in the last hour of an 18 hour double shift and I figured what better way to pass the time than to write a blog. Honestly I just realized I onlyannounced on Facebook and not on my blog that Sorrow Hill has been completed. That’s right…finally. I can only imagine all the about time e-mails I am about to receive.
Tim Somers and I finished the audio mix this past Tuesday and I’ve watched the movie several more times to see if anything was missed. Each time I watch it I find a little tweak here and there but nothing major. I finished the opening title sequence last night now all that is left are the end credits. That should only take a day to complete. A lot of people were involved in some capacity with Sorrow Hill and I want to make sure I get everyone in the credits. I would hate to miss someone so I am going to go over all my lists carefully and make sure every one gets credit for any jobs performed.
I can’t wait to premiere the movie. After watching it over and over again I’m ready for others to see it. I am confidant people will enjoy the film. I still can’t believe what was accomplished for under 4,000 dollars. I am very proud of everyone who was involved with this film and I hope I can reward them going forward if/when Sorrow Hill makes money.
I hope to have a couple teaser trailers for some upcoming projects debut as well at the premiere. Still trying to decide which project to tackle next. Guess it all depends on the success of Sorrow Hill and what kind of financing I can attract. I will have screeners completed this week to send out to the couple distributors that have contacted me. That alone is very exciting, even if we don’t land a national distribution deal I am confidant that my distribution plan will work and will get the movie out there.
I would once again like to thank Tom Carty for allowing me to set up shop with him so I could finish editing the movie. I sold my house at the end of September and have been living out of suitcases since. If it wasn’t for Tom and his genorosity Sorrow Hill would not be finished. On a side note…I move into my new place December 1st.
All you actors and actresses keep an eye out…auditions for our next project will be announced shortly. I will do another open casting call since the one for Sorrow Hill was so incredibly successful. Met a lot of talented people that day and I look forward to meeting more.
As always thanks for reading and supporting Sorrow Hill and Grindhouse Pictures.
Been mixing the audio at TMS Sound Studios the last two days…exhausting work. I never realized how much work goes into editing the sound. Tim, the sound engineer from Sorrow Hill, has been doing an incredible job mixing the sound. He has taught me so much and actually has me sitting at the controls and is instructing me how to use the mixer and how to eliminate unwanted sounds. There are so many things I have learned I can’t begin to list them all, I’m just thankful I have someone as talented and as patient as Tim Somers to help me.
We have 43 minutes left to mix down. Then we will watch the entire movie from start to finish and make adjustments where needed to the sound and then we are done. I finished the opening credit sequence now I just needed the ending credits and opening title card. I am still up in the air on where to have the premiere. I want to have it somewhere that is easy for everyone to get to but the cast and crew are pretty spread out not to mention all the people who have told me they want to come to the premiere. Tickets are only going to be $5.00 and I would like to do a couple seatings depending on where we hold the premiere.
I am exhausted to the point of collapse. My daughter and her mother have been sick all week and I’ve done my best to be there for them. I’ve been working on the audio for the movie and I work graveyard shift for my job the next seven days. Since Thursday I have gotten a grand total of 4 hours sleep. I can usually manage on little sleep but it’s starting to catch up with me some. I figure Timmy and I can finish the audio today in about 3-4 hours then I can go sleep until I have to report to work at 11PM tonight. All I know is I am doing whatever it takes to finish Sorrow Hill, I will sleep when I’m dead.
I am really pissed that my website was down for most of the day yesterday. PowWeb is really starting to anger me. My site saw very little traffic yesterday and that sucks because I am in the midst of gaining advertisers who look at my daily statistics and yesterday there was a huge dip in my traffic. And believe me they don’t want to hear the website host excuse, they will simply say find a better host. Yesterday my traffic was down 70 percent…that hurts. I know the website is in desperate need of updating. I will be working on the site a lot more once I can put Sorrow Hill to bed. I have some design ideas and some new features I think will be attractive to my readers.
Thanks again for taking the time to read the blog and tell a friend about Grindhouse Pictures.
All the tweaks are done. All the sound effects added, all the music in place, and a few more footage trims. With credits the movie times out at 1:33. I have watched the movie start to finish at least 5 times the last two days and each time I notice another little something or in one instance a huge gaff that would have looked ridiculous in the final product.
Today was to be the day Timmy was to start mixing the sound down but my daughter has the flu and wanted her daddy so needless to say Timmy and I are meeting tomorrow. I should have a completely finished movie next week. I still have to line up a venue for the premiere than boom we are off.
I am looking forward to putting Sorrow Hill behind me. I am lining up my next production which means I need to get my chubby ass back in shape. Sitting around and editing leads to a lot of bad eating habits and the non-stop intake of Pepsi hasn’t helped. While filming Sorrow Hill I worked myself into the best shape of my life. Up and down several flights of stairs in 100 degree heat with a 30lbs of steadi-cam and camera strapped to you will do that. Unfortunately I let myself slip but with Sorrow Hill completed I can get back to the gym and get my body as well as my mind ready for the next shoot. I take very active roles in every aspect of my productions so I need to be ready. For Love of Zombies will be filming in the Spring but I have another project I can fit in before FLoZ begins. I’ve been writing my first slasher film. It’s the sub-genre of horror I love the most. Zombie is a close second but nothing is better than a brilliantly crafted, suspenseful slasher. Halloween, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, and Scream are three of my favorites and I hope my slasher will someday be compared favorably to those three.
Now with Sorrow Hill being finished I can concentrate on finding a place to live. I’ve been without a permanent residence since the end of September and I’m tired of living out of suitcases. I’m hoping to find a place that can function as both a home and office.
As always thanks for reading and keep checking back for details concerning the upcoming Sorrow Hill premiere.
I can’t wait to go to the office tomorrow. Still so much to accomplish before Sorrow Hill premieres. Tim Somers my incredible sound engineer is coming in Wednesday and Thursday to mix the audio. That leaves me tomorrow and Tuesday to watch the movie over and over again to see what, if anything needs to be fixed. I already know one scene I need to re-edit but that will not take me long at all. There are a couple sound issues I need to address before Tim steps in and I need to do the opening and ending title sequences. I also need to contact a few venues about showing Sorrow Hill. I have a couple of places in mind but I need to make sure they are cost effective.
Ryan Burnett is working hard on a new teaser and full length trailer. I can’t wait to see what his evil/creative mind comes up with. I have begun writing the drafts for my tell all blog. I have divided it into 3 sections. Pre-production, production, and post-production. Makes sense. A couple people have asked me if I am going to do any trash talking. And the answer to that is of course not. That would be very unprofessional. I may not have seen eye to eye with several of my actors but I would never trash them publicly. Instead I will just choose never to work with them again. Simple resolution if you think about it. The blogs are going to cover all the obstacle faced and overcome, the goofy moments, the stressful times just all the things a first time filmmaker faces. I know I have said this a lot but I learned a lot about myself and film making during these last two years. So, don’t read the blogs expecting me to bad mouth any of my cast and crew…not going to happen.
Yes Sorrow Hill is done. Can’t believe I am actually writing those words. It’s been a long time coming but it is done. All that is left is a quick once over to make sure there isn’t anything that needs to be tweaked, I have to do the credits and Timmy has to mix the audio down then it is premiere time.
I will be checking out venues next week and once venue is locked down we will nail down a date and the movie will finally premiere.
I’m looking forward to writing the tell all blog detailing the entire process behind bringing Sorrow Hill to life…believe me…I will not be holding anything back.
Could be…would take a monumental effort on my part to finish it all today. I am more than half way finished and I am coming up on probably the hardest scene to tackle so that will take up a big chunk of the day. All I know is I am ready to get started today, I listened to ton of music beds last night and I think I got all the music nailed down which is huge. Bottom line, the film is almost done and I am so excited.
Tomorrow I will be working on the movie all day as well. So I truly believe there will be a big announcement either today or tomorrow. Then it’s the last step Tim my sound guy comes in and eq’s it all out and boom goes the dynamite. It’s on like Donkey Kong and any other crazy saying you can come up with. I am so looking forward to the premiere and then taking Sorrow Hill on the road to various independent movie houses and college campuses…this is gonna be fun. Just hope my car holds up for all these roadtrips I’m planning. If not maybe it’s time to treat myself to a new vehicle…I have my eye on a black Nissan Rogue…we shall see. Anyhow, keep you eye out for the big announcement and premiere dates to follow!
A lot was accomplished yesterday. The first 34 minutes of the movie has been scored and foleyed. So far, this has to be the part of editing that’s been the most fun. I don’t know if it’s because I know I am almost done or because it is pretty challenging to find the right music to fit the mood as well as the right sound effect that is gonna make you jump out of your chair. I am really aiming for the end of the week to have the movie completed. Then I can bring my sound guy in…Tim Somers to do the mix down. As soon as that is done I can begin planning the premiere.
I still haven’t decided on the venue for the premiere. All I know is I want to pack the house to impress the distributor. If I can show him the dedicated following I’ve managed to accumulate it will only help any deal that will be offered.
It’s almost time to leave work and head to Tom’s to continue the edit. Haven’t slept much the last week or so but as I figure it I can always sleep when I’m dead.
I made a lot of progress today. There is still a lot to be done…when it comes to adding foley and music it’s the subtle nuiances that can help make a movie that much more enjoyable. I do know one thing, I get more and more excited each day and even though sleep is foreign to me right now and coffee, redbull, and drinks of that nature have zero effect on me my energy level is high…viva la adrenaline. My 0ne downfall yesterday was my inability too move on when I would run into a snag. This is my Achilles heel. Instead of keeping my momentum and skipping a problem area to return to later I focus on the problem until it is solved. This sometimes brings my progress to a screeching halt. It’s funny. I know that I should move on when I hit a snag but I just can’t…I try forcing myself. I will get up from my desk walk around, talk to Tom, try and convince myself when I sit down I’m skipping whatever is holding me up from now but as soon as I sit down my mind won’t let me. I have to keep working at it. I still accomplished more than I thought I would yesterday so I take solace in that.
I also had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend at work last night…DEXTER. It is in my mind the best show on television even though I have found another show that is almost as compelling, BREAKING BAD. If you haven’t seen either of these shows Netflix them immediately. They are too wonderful to miss out on. It was a slow night at work so I caught up with Dexter and I am liking this season quite a bit. I have loved the first three seasons and I was worried the fourth year might be a clunker because how can the writers keep up that kind of momentum? Well I’m happy to report they have and John Lithgow is amazing.
Once again, thanks for reading. I am humbled by the number of visits my blog has been receiving as well as the number of hits my web site has been receiving since I started blogging regularly again. I will continue to update you daily on my progress with Sorrow Hill.
Insert kick-ass keyboard riff here…I know I am dating myself referencing an 80′s hariband tune but hell they still play it at sporting events. Anyhow, I am sitting at work counting the minutes until I can leave and head over to Tom’s to begin the final stage for me in the editing process. I still have to bring in Timmy when I am done to mix the sound but as for what I need to do this should be the final week. It better be or I will hear about it. People have been waiting patiently, my cast and crew, friends and family, and those who pre-ordered so long ago. Those who pre-ordered will be taken care of nicely for their patience. I feel bad they have waited so long but a lot of the wait was due to circumstances beyond my control…all of which will be chronicled in one big blog entry, or podcast when all is said and done.
I know people have already begun buying their outfits for the premiere. The people close to me are really excited and fans who have been following this project from the onset have been so encouraging that it has really energized me these last couple of weeks. I’m starting to receive a lot of email again since my blog entries have become more regular. Surprising not as much hate as before but just a lot of words of encouragment. I always write back to everyone and I always ask them to register on the blog and leave a comment there some do but most like to remain anonymous which is fine.
A few emails have asked me when the next podcast will air and why they are so infrequent. Well, to be perfectly honest I sold my house and had to move and I have yet to find permanent living arrangements so it is hard for me to set up the equipment for a podcast and the most important reason all of my free time has gone to editing Sorrow Hill. I love doing the podcasts and will be doing the more frequently when the time and space are available.
That is all for now. I will blog later tonight with another update. Thanks for reading.
A very big week indeed. This week is a huge week for Grindhouse Pictures and Sorrow Hill. If all goes according to plan Sorrow Hill will be completed and ready to be mixed down and then it is premiere time.
I already have a lot of the music chosen. The bands from the battle of the bands we held so long ago will be featured as well a couple other local bands that are looking for exposure. The independent music scene is full of untapped talent and I hope by putting some of this bands in the movie and on the soundtrack will help them. The music beds for the more intense scenes will be selected during the week. I have some incredible beds that are going to add so much to the film. I can’t wait until it is all put together…it’s going to be fun to complete this and show it to everyone. The sound effects/foley will be a little more challenging, I have an extensive sound effects library but it’s important to find just the right sound but I’ve taken notes during the entire editing process concerning what sound effect will be needed where so I think that’s going to help. I’m really excited for tomorrow…going to be an interesting week.
This has been such a long journey. A frustrating one, a fullfilling one, and an interesting one to say the least. I have learned a lot about myself over the past two years. I may not have enjoyed every moment but in the end I believe this journey has prepared me for what lies before me. Once the movie is completed, premiered, and distributed I think I will sit down and chronicle the entire experience from start to finish. That is going to be one long blog entry. Anyhow, once that cathartic entry is written I will be able to put Sorrow Hill to bed forever and move on to my next project. Like I said previously I learned a lot about myself during Sorrow Hill, but the most important thing I learned is that making films is what I was meant to do…and I will never stop.