New Year Picks Up Where the Old One Left Off…

Which is all good. For my film’s growing list of supporting producers & Kickstarter pledgees, here’s the latest update regarding The Bunker.

Spent the first couple hundred bucks of the funds raised on fixing sound issues. I mean really fixing them, not simply covering up bad audio with ridiculous nature sounds or making the background music louder, garbage shortcuts like that. We did several ADR sessions, we reworked some foley, we got some new sound F/X recorded specifically for one scene, etc. Three days of work, long hours, but great results. Wouldn’t have been possible without the money we raised at the end of 2010, so thanks again, folks.

Next was fully updating the credits. Since screeners began going out to interested distributors last year, a bunch of folks have come on board. A new composer. Two new voiceover actors. A sound engineer. Several new bands, including The Cruxshadows. So the old credits have been junked. and, the new ones will be a heck of a lot nicer, not the garish, blocky, bad ‘70s looking creds that were stuck to my film like bubblegum on the sole of your sneaker on a hot day. The new creds’ll have some style, and not remind anyone of the old Wonder Woman TV show.

We’ve decided to rework a prop for a close-up which we’ll be shooting up in New York shortly, and I was on the blower today with the still photographer who’s taking care of what we need to pull that off. My graphic designer, Mabel, has already laid out the prop template, and just like the work she did on our faux newspapers (which are virtual replicas of the NY dailies), the work she did on this was top-notch. In much the same way the sound mix does (cell phone calls sounding like cell phone calls, car stereos having the slightly tinny sound of a car radio through glass, the bass-heavy thrum of dance club music pounding through brick walls), it’s little things like what Mabel’s done with the newspaper clippings, IDs, badges, etc., that really make a difference. Production value you might not necessarily take notice of, but which really keeps you wrapped up in the story, not turning to your buddy or girlfriend and saying, “Did you see that? That looked like crap. They couldn’t even fake a Want Ad?”

There’s good news coming out of my distributor about our first 2011 film festival. And, it isn’t the only fest the company’s going after, either. That list is growing, and I’m pretty jazzed about the pedigree of the fests being discussed.

Now, it’s just a matter of getting out of town to do the bit of shooting we have left, and then I can hand off the video to our post production house, and the audio to my new sound engineer, whose latest film, Zombie Driftwood, recently screened offshore in the Bahamas. Not sure on release dates for it here in the ‘States, but check it out when it hits NetFlix, the concept’s quite amusing.

There’s more, but this is what I can talk about now. Should be able to give details concerning the company I’ve hired to handle the music licensing, add another band to our list of signed acts providing songs for the flick, update the full cast & crew credits, etc., soon. I’m lookin’ forward to that.

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And check back here regularly. I don’t blog every day, but there’s lots going on, so I’m gonna try and be more proactive in yakking about it all.
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