Thursday, August 28, 2008

“The HIT” screening at the PS Collective – 8/28

So you work hard on a project for so long and you have no idea what people are really going to think about it. Will they get it, will they enjoy the humor, will they feel tension in the right places, will they care? I sent out a few e-mails last weekend, certainly to the cast and crew but added a handful of others who I thought might be interested and didn’t really do a ton to promote it too much. We had the PSC already rented out because we had two OFF meetings there, so I thought we could set up a screen and show the film publicly for the first time. My main goal was to give the cast and crew an opportunity to see the film that they worked on and let them know how much I appreciated working with them. Well, the word must have gotten out because it was standing room only and we were stealing chairs from the restaurant next door.

Technically the film went off without a hitch and everyone really seemed to enjoy it. We did a little Q&A afterward and got a lot of positive feedback. It makes it feel like all of the hard work was all worthwhile. Tonight felt pretty good.

Thanks tons to Craig, without whom none of this would have been possible. Thanks tons to Johnnie for taking our diamond in the rough and polishing it. Thanks a ton to the cast and crew for doing such an amazing job. I love you all. And thanks an additional ton to all those that came out and supported the film. Thanks to Julie for crossing t's and dotting i's and for making everything work behind the scenes. And mad props to Chris, my partner in crime… we got it done! Tonight was a good night.

Friday, August 22, 2008

OFF the EDGE filmmaking – show 14

I just uploaded our latest podcast, so go check it out.

This week we talk about the new documentary I.O.U.S.A. We just got back from a special sneak preview at the Holland Center in Omaha which included a panel discussion after the film with Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway; William Niskanen, chairman of the Cato Institute; Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP; Pete Peterson, senior chairman of The Blackstone Group and chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation; and Dave Walker, president & CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and former U.S. Comptroller General, and moderated by Becky Quick, co-anchor of CNBC’s morning news show Squawk Box. The event was followed by a VIP party where a lot of excellent contacts were made. We’ll see what the future holds.


Roadside Attractions

Omaha Film Festival
Call for entries is ongoing for Feature films, documentaries, short films, animated films, NE shorts

Estes Park Film Festival (Marc’s film “The HIT” is world premiering”)

Kansas International Film Festival

Middle of Nowhere Film Festival

Austin Film Festival

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Artist’s Collective

The first official project by the Artist’s Collective is well underway and nearing completion. Matt, Stephanie and Jessica spent the evening in the studio tracking the song and Carolyn, Barb, Lindsey and I reviewed Lindsey’s photos and worked through the final layout of the booklet. The song is amazing and the pictures are incredible. The finished product is going to be cool.

Bush Pigs – Principal Photography Day 8, Tuesday August 5

That’s a wrap. Principal photography for the short film “Bush Pigs” officially came to a close with the final two pick-up shots which included an ECU of some medical records and a blue screen shot that will be a special effect in the finished film.

Probably the easiest filming day, and not just because it took less than two hours to finish. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

The edit continues to roll along masterfully and the finished product is going to be excellent. A cast and crew screening will be scheduled soon and a list of film festivals is being compiled. My goal right now, to be done with “The HIT” before Tops is done with “Bush Pigs.” The race is on…
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