So we’ve got ourselves a trailer. Must mean a whole damn movie is on the way. After a long dark winter spent in the edit suite, God Rocks has finally taken shape. The movie is currently in rough cut form and we have begun the sound design process – a very BIG part of the final feel of this flick. I am excited and more than a little relieved to report that it all seems to be coming together. Sometimes when you’re on the inside of the process you just can’t tell. Lord knows we had our trials making this thing, but at the end of the day I think our collective talents trumped the adversity. Again I want to thank everyone for their hard work and enthusiasm and hope we can rely on you all in our efforts to “Spread the Word”. Make sure to check back in the coming months as we near our June premiere of God Rocks.
P.S. – To our wonderfully off-color White Man’s World family, we have not forsaken you. You are on deck and slated for a fall release.
Wow. Okay. So we did it. One foot in front of the other and now we’re collectively in the bag on our first production. Most of us are still standing and talking to each other, which is good. And we got a LOT of funny, which is great. Also we get to smoke Cuban cigars tonight at our wrap party – ah, the sweet taste of socialism. All in all not a bad way to spend a summer. What next you ask? Well, we’ve already begun auditioning for our next film, so no rest for the wicked, but really, let’s face it, the wicked can keep going and going and…but enough about that. If we are lucky production will become a constant. Tonight is for celebration of a landmark – one that couldn’t have been achieved without the blood, sweat and tears (mostly blood – terribly inside joke that) of a motley crew of actors and technicians. Here’s to you all! By year’s end everyone will be able to see the fruit of your labors. Okay, maybe January (even after they’re wrapped these things take time, don’tcha know). Keep tuned to the website for post-production updates. All for now. Rock on.
As we stand, God Rocks, our first 4 Track foray, is about 85% in the bag. We’ve bobbed and weaved with a modicum of success thus far, and hopefully whatever blows we have sustained in the process have learned us a thing or 37 about ourselves, our new gear and our creative compatriots. I have by turns been elated and despairing, which is, I guess, my job. Cameraman Carl, after a particularly stressful day of shooting early on in our process, told me that he’s glad I get so much enjoyment out of film making, because he can see how much it tears me up as well. I think perhaps eastern cultures have a better lock on the symbiotic nature of love and hate than us westerners, but I often feel it profoundly on the set. So before we put our heads down and get back to filming our final 15%, let me pause to thank everyone who has contributed their time and talent to this project. I love you all. You are the reason this collaborative medium is able to take shape. Without the efforts of every single person in our cast and crew we could not breathe life into our celluloid creation, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Now get back to work.
I order you all to sit down immediately and spend 3:35 listening to What Light by Wilco (preferably on headphones) – it just might save your life…Damn that Tweedy can write. The whole new album is just sublime. The right music at the right time – the right story at the right time – everything right on time…
Despondency in abundance. Not sure how to proceed. A wheel with a thousand spokes in search of a tread. Overwhelmed. Not sleeping and over-medicating in search of oblivion – if just for a few hours. We’ve bitten off more than we can chew. Again. Always. Forever.
Well, here we go – a golden opportunity to belly-flop in front of everyone I know or the start of a dream come true. Perhaps both. 4 Track Films is the realization of a concept that Carrie and I have been working towards for years – smaller and better things, personally and professionally. Who would have thought that five years after beating a hasty retreat from Los Angeles we would be starting up a state-of-the-art high definition movie studio right here in our beloved northland. Huge thanks to Alan and everyone who has believed in us thus far, and here’s to many successful productions to come!
(Oh, and I hope none of you get Newton’s Disease from reading this – from what I hear it’s highly contagious…)