I’ve Got a Finished Movie, Got Rejected from SXSW, and Other Adventures From These Past Months

Posted on February 24, 2011

Damn, it’s been long since my last post. Too long. It’s not from forgetting – I have dry erase boards and notecards full of blog posts ideas. And Andrew and I have had countless conversations that end with, “This should be a Coffee and Celluloid Post.” They just never made it from the list or conversation to the computer screen. Until now.

This post is basically going to be a bulleted recap of the past few months. Hopefully I’ll go back and elaborate on certain points, but for now this’ll do to get us up to speed, so I can write about the many upcoming adventures that are planned.

We’ll start right after the last post, when I was stuck in an airport and ranted about Chris Gore’s book. About a month later I realized Chris Gore is on G4 now. I like G4, I think they should play my movie. So I’m sorry Chris Gore, I’ll just pretend the 4th Edition of your book doesn’t exist and continue to refer to your 3rd edition.

  • Traveled to Texas to get Bots High sound designed
  • Sent out the first batch of screeners to film festivals
  • Went to New York to get the film color timed. Escaped before the snow storms hit.
  • Bots High is officially a finished picture!
  • More festival submissions
  • In January I had a sneak peek screening of the film. This was because SXSW, which was the goal to premiere at, of course has premiere requirements. So I had a sneak peek / cast and crew / fundraiser screening, with pretty much no ability to market it due to fear of “getting caught.”
  • Turns out that was all for naught, since I got rejected from SXSW, True/False, and some other minor festivals
  • Accepted into Florida Film Festival (schedule posted soon)
  • Said, “Fuck festivals and their premiere bullshit, I’m going to have the premiere on my own terms.” So this Saturday I’m four-walling a movie theater and having the official world premiere of Bots High in conjunction with the BotsIQ National Robotics Competition, the same competition the film was shot at. While the screening is free, going to sell DVDs and posters at the door.
  • Lining up more screenings at alternative venues and planning different pricing experiments, from free to ticket sharing to flat screening rate.
  • Just today it was confirmed that I am going to SXSW, but for a completely different reason (going to SXSW Interactive). Seriously considering planning an underground screening of Bots High while I’m out there.

Plus there’s a lot of tech talk to write about, from DVD encoding (and making it look good) to Avid vs FCP to XML and Final Cut to Blu-ray burning.

 

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