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.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
And I just, not an hour ago, got the last piece of music I needed. So today I'll be putting in, mixing it, and then attempting a final render that I'll have to watch to make sure there's no errors, then export the .wav of it so I can get it subtitled.
Then I upload all that stuff to A-zon and see if they approve it. If so, it's set and ready to go on October 1st. If not, we do it again and I resubmit it. At this point I'd have an easy three, maybe four tries. I think two is the most I've been rejected.
Saw The Predator. It's got a messy pieces, which is weird for Shane Black. But I'm rooting for him and Fred Dekker, who's done some movies I love. Any way you look at it, The Predator is a lot of fun though.
Has some very funny moments to it, and Thomas Jane is freakin' amazing. If they took out some more of his jokier moments(which I enjoyed), his performance as someone with Tourette's is spot on.
There's something that gets revealed at the end that I won't tell you about, but I will give you this so you are not disappointed: Dutch is NOT in this movie. Part of me wanted some sort of cameo, but I can see why they don't want to do it.
Been wanting to go to some super cool Halloween place for years. Kept thinking about maybe Salem, but it's a long way away.
Recently I saw something about Sleep Hollow. Turns out that's only about 3.5 hours from me. Looks like it has some cool events and things to take pics of. If I had money, I would be making plans on it right now.
Wondering if I can pull it off somehow anyway...
The convention I was going to do at the end of the month doesn't have any tables left. I'm on a waiting list. Either way, I'll show up to pass out flyers and stuff, and hang out with people that night.
Ain't getting a room this year though. Nobody stayed up drinking last year, so it was basically a waste of money, and this year they even increased the room rates to $200 a night. Fuck. That.
Thursday, September 06, 2018
Man, the Scooby Doo cosplay is off the hook now, isn't it?
Here's where we stand. The theater we had the premiere at is claiming they sold a total of 76 tickets.
Even though the day before the screening they told me they'd sold 91, and I know a bunch of people bought tickets the day of. (the theater says 26 were sold the day of the premiere)
They apologized and now claim that the 45 reserve spots I told them not to sell(for cast/crew) were IN those totals they gave me, even those those totals always said "X amount of tickets sold".
As I just pointed out to them, if all this is true, then a grand total of 116 people were at the theater. (only 40 of my comps showed up). This means there was 100 empty seats in that theater that night.
Nearly half empty. Anybody reading this who was there? Did the theater look half empty? (it didn't to me)
I took a pic about 5 minutes before the screening, but it doesn't encompass the whole auditorium(couldn't get back far enough for my iphone lens). Even that doesn't look like there's that many empty seats besides the front two rows, and at least 15 people came in after the movie started.
So I'm in a shitty, shitty position. I have to reach out to see if I can find more than 76 people who bought tickets. If I can, I can prove Landmark's lying. Then I can pressure them to come up with real numbers.
As it stands, though, I lost about $400 on the premiere.
I will never have another movie premiere, PERIOD. Not a fucking chance in hell.
Odds are about 99% that I'm done making movies. There's just no upside. It's grueling, unfulfilling in general, and just sucks money with very little possibility any more of making that money back.
As I've said before, unless we hit the bonus--which seems unlikely--I'm going to lose money on the flick. And I'll be forced to face a choice that's basically the equivalent of gambling double-or-nothing.
Let's say I make $5K from A-zon on the movie, which seems possible on just views. That's 5 million minutes. We did that in 2 months on the first flick. I will have lost, at that point, about $5K.
Do I stop there, take the $5K and start paying some bills? Or do I take that $5K and use an aggregator to get the movie out on other platforms in an attempt to generate more money? Knowing that I could just lose that money on top of the money I've already lost?
See why I don't get much sleep?
It's crazy to think that I'm viewed as a reasonably successful filmmaker whose movies have been viewed by over 5 million people, but for all intents and purposes I'm broke, with zero savings. Christ, I may go work in Trader Joe's with that Cosby actor, at this point.
I've always taken the money I've made from movies and put them into the next movie. I don't like gambling with other people's money, and I always thought that sooner or later the market would come around--there are more eyeballs watching more movies on more devices than any time in history.
Yet we creatives are going bankrupt trying to make art(or just entertain, in my case).
I know, this is the most upbeat blog EVER, isn't it?
(I seriously wish I'd never taken that first film class...I'd be a computer science major making good money. I'd be unhappy creatively, but I'd have money. Hell, I'm fairly unhappy creatively anyway, so I'd just as soon have money.)
I'm starting to wonder if it's too late to change careers.
Sunday, September 02, 2018
There's some pics from the premiere. It was a bit hectic, as usual. Took nearly an hour to get to the theater because of traffic. Had to double check the settings on the projector with the projectionist, then head back down and make sure everybody had their free pass if they were cast/crew.
Of course TONS of people are late. I start the screening 5 minutes late, trying to let the late stragglers get in. It's a decent crowd, but there's a lot of empty seats up front. I'm wondering how many seats sold(and still don't know).
The movie starts, and man does it seem slow to me in the first 10 minutes. And people are still coming in to the theater nearly 20 minutes into the movie. I'm thinking..."No way are you gonna understand what's going on..."
It plays okay. There are a few sound issues, as expected. I'm not even positive what to do about them, because they sound find on my headphones and TV.
The movie ends, and people clap and seem excited. It's always hard to figure whether people REALLY like the movie, or are just congratulating you because it's a premiere.
But many came up to me when they could have slipped out, and wanted to talk about the film. I heard "That's your best movie" from a lot of people, which isn't something you hear that often. I don't know that I agree with them, but it's nice to hear.
We went across the street and had some drinks. A lot of people went over to drink, but not many stayed until the end. It was just me and the wife, Malfi and the wife, and Cutting, plus my buddy filmmaker Eric. We closed the bar down.
Now I'm back working on the movie. I was going to take a couple of days off, but my brain doesn't work that way. I have a lot of work to finish in 3 weeks. September is going to be a brutal month...