Thursday, August 25, 2016

Better, or worse?

It's like at the eye doctor's. Better or worse? I've really only changed the tag line font/format and moved the title down a little.

Whatcha think?

I think, since the vote wasn't overwhelming either way, I'm just going to go with my gut which says this poster will catch the eye faster than the other one(due to the negative white space).

On the novelty front, both the other filmmakers mentioned today there's some fixes they'd like on their segments. One guy says he's got "a list".

Like...how long you gonna wait to tell me this? Why don't you wait until the night before the premiere and hit me up with it?

Man, lot to do, not a lot of time.



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

You damn lurkers


Fifteen of you read that last post, and only three of you got back to me.  I've asked my wife her thoughts, so that a total of four people responded and it's a dead split between the two. Not helpful.

Anyway, have the entire Jack "score" and the entire "Siren" score, and talked to the Siren guy about doing the Prowler one and he's cool for it. He's doing some testing first, going to send me a sample so I can get Mark--the segment's director--to check it out and make sure he's cool with it.

Not much he can say--if he's not cool with it, he's gonna have to find someone to do it because I don't have a backup.

The main storyline's score is about half done. Coming along nicely.

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On the DISASTER side, had my main hard drive on the internet computer go bad. It's not the operating system drive, but the 1 TB that I save everything on.

One second it works, next second I get a weird Windows Can't Write To D: with a bunch of weird symbols. I've seen this kind of error before when you're working with a USB drive and you just unplug it, but never saw with a plugged-in drive.

The hard drive shows up in Explorer, but clicking on it now just gives that error and makes Windows hang for like 60 seconds.

So I reboot the whole computer.  D is back. I click on a file, and get that freaky error again.

I'm pretty sure the blood drains out of my face and I have a terrible feeling, because I realize I haven't backed up any of my writing in like 3 months.

Bam, I go get the ice pack. Time to see if salvaging is even possible. I take the hard drive off this computer and put it into one of the hard drive bays on the edit computer. I put the ice pack against it to keep the drive as cool as possible, since heat is often a huge issue with drives)

The drive shows up. I see the folder with my scripts and stuff--I copy and paste it to one of my edit drives. IT COPIES. I breathe a sigh of relief.

I try to copy another folder and the whole thing fucks up again, giving the error above followed by a Cycling Redundancy check error.

I unplug it and order a same-day delivery of another hard drive. I don't know how long before this drive goes totally bad, so I need to do as much as possible when I can.

Next day the drive comes and I spend two days copying folder after folder, and using every trick I've learned from down hard drives to get as much as I can. I've gotten pretty damn good at retrieving files from bad drives.

Then I run a chkdsk to see if it can fix it.(I didn't want to try this first because the repair could conceivably destroy files by patching around bad sectors)

There is definitely a bad sector, as I see when I run a third-party app, but the app freezes after finding the bad sector.

Anyway, I think I got about 95% back so it's not too bad. Hopefully some of the stuff I couldn't get back is stuff that's backed up on other hard drives.

I really didn't have time for that shit, but what are you going to do?

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Also just backed out of a work business trip that was scheduled for September 30th-October 2nd. Looks like we're going to have the Senator premiere on the 29th, and then there's a big convention that weekend where I should get a table and sell Halloween books and tell people about T-tory being on Amazon Prime.

And if something goes wrong with that launch, I really need to be here when I can try to fix it.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Help A Bro Out

Okay, let's do a little informal poll. Do me a favor and don't repost these pics, huh?

My question is, which of these do you like better(and feel free to tell me if you don't like either):

And then, would your answer be different if I asked which one catches your eye faster?

Since I don't have my normal poster guy I got another guy to do one, then I messed with his version just for fun. So help me out and comment, eh?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Music Comes In

So been going back and forth with this semi-famous synth guy who's doing the Sm Jack section. He's got like 20,000 followers on his FB and he does worldwide tours, so I wasn't sure he'd even be interested.

He's turning in some shit, and man...I dunno if people are gonna like it or not, but I fucking dig it.

I had him change a few things, little tweaks, and I'm going to add some sound design in places. I'm sure some douches are gonna accuse us of trying to be like Stranger Things but they can eat a dick. If they had any idea, they'd accuse ST of ripping off Drive, the movie that clearly brought synth back into style.

Anyway, Jack's more or less done.

Siren's guy just turned in his first draft of the first 4 minutes, and it's cool as shit too. Totally different from Jack, and reminiscent of a couple of movies I won't mention cuz I wanna see if you guys notice it.

The DC segment's composer has been assigned, so basically I'm just missing the Prowler music guy. I'm thinking worse comes to worse I may get the Siren guy to do it also. He's super excited to be doing this--has never done it but always wanted to. His moniker online is the Bishop of Battle, so that'll give you an idea of how much in our playground he is.

Unless you don't get that reference, in which case, shame on you.

Anyway, we debuted the big plan today that we're going to premiere the flick on Amazon Prime for a month for free in October. We're gonna push the fuck out of it and see if we can't rack up enough money to pay ourselves back for the money we put out. Anything extra, well, that'll go to my next flick, eh? Maybe T-Tory 2?

Here's the link to the new trailer in case you didn't see it:
http://bit.ly/ttory

Come September I'm gonna smash the web with pics and shit about the movie. I want the horror world to know about this flick, and be ready to watch it in the mighty Halloween month.




Saturday, August 13, 2016

Moving Forward

Big news of the day is that we broke TWO MILLION minutes streamed. I mean...it's crazy.

My original thoughts about releasing on Amazon was that we'd be lucky if 10,000 people watched the film, which would be 20,000 hours. And we did 100 TIMES that? Crazy.

You can read some more specifics here:
http://indyfilmmakeradvs.blogspot.com/

I also forgot that I put Bounty under the Western category also. It's at #5 on that list. My first flick is now live but hasn't picked up any steam yet, but that's been the way of it. Not sure what spurs the growth they've seen so far, but here's hoping HH catches that wave too.

Toward the end of this month we'll put FOC2 up and I think we'll see big numbers there, possibly bigger than GOH.

All of this has me thinking...you'll hear more soon.

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T-tory fucked a bit. I wanted to do the local premiere on Thursday Sept 15, or 22nd. Turns out they're already booked on those days. Now I'm fucked because I can't do it the last week of September--I'll be out of town, and October is too late.

Do I go Wednesday? Apparently I CAN get the theater on a weekend but it's expensive. I haven't heard prices yet, but I'm guessing I'll end up doing it Wednesday.

Composer started turning in stuff. It's decent. Not blowing my mind like Chad's stuff, but still pretty good.

Still trying to pick from the synth guys who have submitted. Gonna make a decision by Monday no matter what and assign segments to them.

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Hey, new hard drive on the editing machine, new issues. My heat distortion plugin needs to be re-registered. But I can't remember what email I used to pay for it, and  video copilot keeps saying none of my emails are correct.

Had to email them to see if they can figure it out from my name, or I'll have to go try to find a pirated copy of it. How ridiculous--having to find a pirated version of something I've paid for...

Monday, August 08, 2016

Ironed Out. Sort Of.

Got the Premiere thing ironed out, no thanks to Adobe. I seem to have a working version of 15.3 now. I say seem to, because who knows?

I DO notice that this version seems to stop playing audio randomly as you're editing. If you pause and restart, the audio's back. Pretty annoying.

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On the T-tory part, I've given up finding one composer for the whole flick. I've settled on having one composer do the wrap-around in the typical classical style of most of my flicks, and then I'm reaching out to some Synth people I've been listening to over the past year to see what they can do.

I mean, fuck it. It'll be an interesting experiment, and if it fails, I'm not paying that much for it. I'll get the whole thing re-scored later and use this as an alternate score. Sort of like the whole Legend thing(where Silvestri did a score, but they used Tangerine Dream's synth score instead).

I'll just say I'm following Ridley Scott's lead.

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Saw Suicide Squad. The critics who say it's a mess are correct.

I guess my big problem is this: You know how you watch the Avengers and sometimes you're like "What the fuck is Hawkeye doing in there?" Well, this is basically a team of Hawkeyes. They're like the Dirty Dozen of bad guys, but they're put together to fight incredibly-powerful foes--the people putting them together specifically say that these people would fight Superman if he was bad.

And the thing is--nobody on this team is NEAR powerful enough to do that.

This is like the opposite of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. I saw that trailer and I'm like, "Why is a superhero on the power level of Superman wasting her time fighting Nazis?" They need to switch these movies up--have Wonder Woman fight the big bad "gods" in Suicide Squad, and have the actual Suicide Squad go after nazis, or at least a team of bad guys who are normal.

Also...did the people who wrote this movie actually watch the Superman movies? At the beginning there's a couple of people who are like "We lost a real hero in Superman!"

Uh...since when? Every person in the other movies seemed to hate Superman. In their defense, he seems like a dickhead, and he DID manage to pretty much destroy an entire city.

I dunno. A mess, man.