Monday, November 12, 2018
So a couple of days ago we launched onto page 1 of A-zon's top list. We were #15 out of over 4,000 horror titles. We were like #106 out of EVERYTHING, TV included.
Today we're in the top 10 of horror, and #72 of EVERYTHING.
I wish I could explain it, or figure it out. I have one tiny thought about maybe why it's going up, but I have little proof that it's that.
If we can somehow stay in that top 100 for the next 2 weeks, we have a great shot at getting the bonus in November. I would never have thought that.
So I guess you can't QUITE count me out of Ttory yet. Mostly, sure.
On my way out to see Overlord. Heard good things. It's got great reviews, but it's tanking at the box office. How does the Nun--which I didn't hate, but it got smashed by critics--make all that money, and this does shit?
I'd blame the trailer. I'm the target audience, but nothing in that trailer compels me to go see the movie.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
We sat outside with a firepit for a while, the wife and cousin drinking wine. Me, eating a ton of candy and crap.
Then after the kid went to bed, I asked the wife if she wanted to come watch an episode of Buffy from Halloween. I hadn't seen it in years, and wanted to check it out again. She said sure.
She had other ideas. Came down in what I call "Action Jammies", cuz when she's wearing them, she's looking for action. We watched a little of Buffy, but it turned into better times. Let's just say that I used to like that episode of Buffy, but now I REALLY like that episode of Buffy.
Couple of days after that we flew out to Chicago for an auction. One of the roughest landings ever--the whole plane jerked so that even I--who doesn't flinch for shit on planes--grabbed the seat in front of me. Then the plane SLAMMED down on the ground, bouncing back up, and he had to force it down pretty hard after that.
The auction wasn't too bad on the whole. We ate at the same place every night--a burger joint called Spears that had GREAT burgers. We tried to go somewhere different on the last night there, but we went in, sat there for 25 minutes waiting for a waitress to come to our table, and finally just left.
Figured if the food was as bad as the service, we'd regret it. So we went back and got a burger again.
Odd things going on with Ttory2. I was waiting to see how fast this thing plummets in November before I decide when to take it off of free.
The first Ttory took a nose dive in November a few years ago.
Well, Amazon's always behind, so it was a couple of days before I could see what would happen, and what happened is just fucking weird. Ttory 2 is doing AMAZING in November so far. The first four days of November are better than any four consecutive days in October.
I have no idea what's happening. People tend to quit horror flicks in November and move into Thanksgiving/Xmas fare.
Fingers crossed it continues killing it. Who knows, could we hit the bonus in November? I bet overall viewing is down, so perhaps the bar we have to clear is lower. I just don't know. But we're back on page 3 of Amazon's top horror(somewhere around the 45th highest ranked horror movie).
We got a good review for it, too, which is awesome. The more the merrier.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
On a whim, I decided to see a flick tonight. It was a movie I'd wanted to see, but it disappeared fast. It's now at the cheap theater not far from me. Bad Time At the El Royale.
Met my brother at the theater and we went in. Got seats.
In comes a couple, mid-forties. White. They sit right behind us. After a while an old guy, probably pushing 65, comes in and sits at the end of my row.
That's it. Three other people besides us in the theater. The previews start so I go to the bathroom. The old guy in my row has stretched out, so I'm like "Excuse me". He doesn't fucking move his feet. So I just walk right through them after a second. Fuck him.
I'm back, and the movie starts. I notice the couple behind us are mumblers. They mumble about shit going on. The guy exclaims loudly when there are exciting deaths. He's like "Damn!" It's annoying as fuck, but not constant enough to berate them.
Then old guy--and this is mind-blowing--keeps pulling out his phone to check his texts. Like every 15 minutes. This is after 9pm--who the fuck is he texting? He checks it fast, then puts it away.
Until about 90 minutes into the movie, and he pulls it out and keeps it out. I'm staring at him, but he's acting oblivious. "Are you fucking kidding me?" I finally ask him. He doesn't respond.
Then I hear my brother say, "Hey, OLD RETARD. Put the phone away."
The guy doesn't respond, keeps texting. I'm wondering if he's deaf. My brother gets even louder. "ARE YOU FUCKING STUPID, OLD MAN?" The guy finally puts the phone away without looking at us.
Then he gets up with about 15 minutes left to the movie, and we never see him again. I guess he didn't want to deal with us after the movie, cuz I can assure you there would have been words.
On top of all this, about 30 minutes from the end of the movie, some asshat turns on the light in the projection booth, casting light down on us. At first I thought it was the couple behind us pulling out their cell phone.
The movie was decent. A bit long, with too much singing(you'll see), but worth a watch. It feels very 90's, Tarantino-ish.
Finished Mr. Mercedes season 2. It starts off fairly weak, but picks up toward the end, and the final episode has a pretty big moment that I didn't see coming. I'd really like to talk to someone who read the books to find out how faithful it is.
I'm already getting kinda bummed cuz Halloween is almost over. I can't even enjoy the last couple of days of October, cuz I'm feeling like winter is about to slap us.
Did I mention that when we got back from Sleepy Hollow, our heater wasn't working? So I've spent the last couple of days with my dad trying to fix it. We've fixed it a bunch of times in the past, but this time it's stumped my dad. I'm thinking it's because he's definitely lost a step after the stroke.
So now I have to pay someone to come out and fix it. One thing after the other, man.
Monday, October 29, 2018
You know, I got a lot of these sexy Halloween pics, but I'm just not doing a lot of blog posts. Just haven't had much to report, at least, nothing I want to report.
Did you see my upbeat new post on the indy blog? Check it at the link below. I don't exactly hold back. At this point, fuck it. I have no reason to play the benevolent game. Let's burn some mutherfucking bridges.
Had a good past couple of days though. We went to Sleepy Hollow for some Halloween fun. You can read the run-down plus see some pics here:
I don't have anything to add. It was a lot of fun. I'll probably have some pics featuring me and the family I'll post here, but I'm not feeling like doing it today. I didn't mention there, but we actually watched some of Burton's Sleepy Hollow while we were in Sleepy Hollow. (we started it late, and we were all tired, so we went to sleep and finished it the night we got home)
We were too tired to go out on Saturday when we got back. Kind of bummed, because it's the Saturday before Halloween, so we always go out. Once again, getting old sucks shit.
On the T2 front, we're at like 1.6 million minutes. We've picked up, but nowhere near enough to get the bonus, I don't think. I guess there's a slight chance, since we haven't fallen out of the top 100 horror movies, but it counts ALL movies, not just the horror. I'd bet that even if we make the bonus, we'll be at the bottom of the barrel, and will get not much of a bonus.
It still really shocks me that I have friends--actual, honest to god friends that I've known for years--that have read my plea about leaving us a review, and they've THUMBS UPPED the goddamn post, and then not left a review.
And other people involved in the fucking movie who have not spread the link at all.
But I see them spreading other shit. Other shit they have nothing to do with. What conclusion do I draw from that, other than they're specifically being dickish toward me?
I have to make a big decision soon--leave it up for free for November, or make it pay-only. I just have no idea what it will do in November. I think the first dropped pretty big in November, but this one's not performing like the first.
If we could do a million minutes in November, I'd leave it for free. Every $1K I make is one more K that didn't come out of my pocket to pay for the movie.
But if it's only gonna do like 200,000 minutes--which is only $200, then I might as well make it pay only. I'll probably make that in people paying to rent it, or something close.
Either way, you have to republish the title to get it to change, and that takes 3-5 business days. So once I make the choice, it will still stay for 3-5 days as free before the change takes place.
Book-wise, October's turning out to be pretty good again. I don't like that A-zon is once again moving the whole dashboard to ANOTHER dashboard(the one that used to handle only the digital versions of your book). It's clunkier than the old one, so I wish they'd move that one to the print dashboard.
I think I may start working on the 2nd volume of my Halloween book pretty soon, try to have it out for next year. It shouldn't take me as long(I hope) since I know a little more about what I'm doing this time.
Monday, October 15, 2018
I'm not sure what the difference is. Why did that movie blow up massive, but this one isn't? I mean, we're still top 100 in horror--we haven't fallen out of that in the 15 days. But we're staying on page 5-7, not moving up.
The stats are growing REAL slightly every day. But no blowups, and we still haven't topped 100,000 minutes on any day.
I've spread the news as far and wide as I can. Weirdly, a lot of web sites haven't responded to me about the exclusive pics I had for them. I don't get that at all. I see them posting articles about movies that don't have any distribution, don't have anybody you've ever heard of...are they not getting my emails?
At a certain point it feels like a conspiracy, ya know?
So I'm about 99% sure I won't be doing a Ttory movie again. I'm about 95% sure I won't be doing ANY movie again.
If I had simply taken all the money I'd put into T2, I could have taken 3 vacations to Cancun or the Bahamas. As it stands now, I'm going to lose money, and that's for spending TWO YEARS of my life on something. So I PAID money to work for two years.
What kind of fucking idiot does that?
Not this idiot. Not anymore.
Been watching a lot of horror-related movie and TV. Trying to get into that Halloween mood, but it's tough with all this T2 stuff hanging over me, and the weather being so warm and rainy that the trees aren't even changing colors yet.
Almost done the Haunting on Hill House. Good stuff, man.
Friday, October 05, 2018
So they published it pretty fast after that last post. I've been spreading the word like crazy.
Went to the convention. It was the busiest I've ever seen it, yet didn't make much money. Spread a lot of flyers. Got to see my convention buds Pennie, Dave and Rob. Met another funny guy who helps run a video restoration and blu ray distributor, plus he has a video store
He told me multiple times that I was a horrible person, but I'm pretty sure he likes me.
Day one a lot of friends spread the news. Not a lot of actors though. It's funny as shit how desperate they are to seem busy, but they never seem too interested in spreading info on a movie they're in that an audience can see.
I scrolled through pages and pages of Amazon's Prime Video list--they're ranked in popularity, and T2 wasn't in the first 300 after the first night.
I checked on day two and it's on page 3. That's top 40. In a day and a half.
So I'm waiting for numbers. They show up, and day one looks like I did almost exactly what the first one did. Huh?
Then day two numbers show up(they might not be final yet) and they appear to have gone up a little, and are nearly identical to T1's day two. It's really strange. I don't know what to make of it.
You can read some more details at the indy filmmaker blog
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
I submitted the flick on Tuesday night, the 18th. It's now the 26th and A-zon has neither published it nor denied it. It's still "PUBLISHING".
Their web site claims it's 2-4 business days to publish. So we're past that. I sent them a message to see what they say. Because it's now less than 4 business days until I want this to premiere, so if they deny it then I may be fucked on the premiere date.
I'm trying to get out as much press stuff as possible, but it's strange how many sites don't get back to me about exclusive pics. I'm wondering if my stuff gets thrown in spam folders...
This weekend I'm going to a convention to spread flyers and sell stuff. I ended up getting a table, so that was lucky.
Haven't even begun to get ready for it. I'm not taking a ton. I always take too much stuff, so why not take too little? I mean, since I'm not spending the night at the hotel, I can always restock if I happen to sell out of something.
The book revenue continues to out-perform the video revenue. September is picking up, as it usually does for Halloween books.