We haven’t posted any updates in a while, mainly because I’ve been busy writing a few short films, a feature film, and working on several short films for other filmmakers. But we should have some more videos up on our YouTube Channel soon. It’s kind of sparse right now, but it will grow quickly.
Our feature film “Misfit Heights” had a good showing at GenCon and we saw a number of wonderful films in the film festival. It’s always fun to attend a festival where the filmmakers are devoted to making entertaining films that they are interested in seeing. It’s what we created Unfettered Entertainment for and it makes us feel good to know there are others excited about growing and learning in this art like we are. It creates a creative community where anything can happen and we can’t wait till next year!
“Misfit Heights” also showed at DragonCon this year, but we weren’t able to attend. So I hope it had a good showing and if anyone saw it there please let us know what you thought.
“Space Ale” has been kind of slow in the post production aspect. We only have one guy working on the special effects and those take quite a bit of time to put together. Especially when you have to build several different kinds of ships. Keep an eye out because I want to start pushing this production forward, it’s time to finish this production.
GenCon holds a special place in our hearts, and that’s why we’re really excited to be showing our film “Misfit Heights” there once again. If you are at GenCon and want a break from the crowds, stop in the Westin Ballroom IV Friday at 3:00pm. I know I’ll be there, and I may have a few free posters with me to give to the audience.
Before “Misfit Heights”, we made a short film with our friend Steve Gossett called “Ninja Laundry”. It is also showing this year at GenCon during the Comedy Short Film Block held on Saturday at 8:00pm in the Westin Ballroom III.
Though Jim isn’t in any panels this year, I’ll be moderating the “Scriptwriting for Indie Films and Series” panel Thursday at 3:00pm. I’ll also be in the “Film Financing” panel Thursday at1:00pm and the “Post-production” panel Saturday at 10:00am. There are several other great filmmaking panels being held this year, please check them out to show your support so we can keep the GenCon Film Festival going strong.
We had our first production meeting of 2013 and here’s where we stand. Our feature film “Misfit Heights” is ready to be distributed this year. It was accepted into the Chicago Comic and Entertainment expo in April and we submitted it to this years GenCon and San Diego International Comic-con. So we are working on a kickstarter campaign to raise funds that will allow us to attend these festivals as well as release the film physically and digitally. Distribution is expensive, especially if you’re trying to do it on your own.
Our web series “Space Ale” is currently in post production. Currently Robert Durland is working on our special effects and the band Neil & Sky is working on our intro song. We are looking for a composer for the underscore and a post sound designer for the mixing. If you’re interested, send us a message.
We started to go over our next project and during the reading of the rough draft we couldn’t stop laughing. Apparently it’s pretty amusing to read any of my first rough drafts aloud. I have to write things down so I don’t forget them, so a brief story is added in order to try and plot the script. Yet, sometimes ideas change mid script and I don’t go back to correct the previous scenes until the full script is written. So it jumps all over the place and action scenes are generalized to the point that they don’t really describe the action. At one point, the action included a line explaining how a doctor was examining a corpse that has a bunch of holes in it where creatures have borrowed through the body. However the action just read “the doctor lifted limbs and prodded holes.” It described a different kind of action than we were going for. Maybe someday we will film a reading of one of my first rough drafts and you can laugh at my expense.
As the end of the year approaches, I’ve been working harder to get ready for next year. I’ve created a press release for “Misfit heights” and we are getting ready for it’s release. We will send out some inquiries to a few distribution companies, but we are expecting to self-distribute in order to obtain the biggest return. This will include a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to distribute ourselves. If everything goes according to plan, “Misfit Heights” will be released on itunes, Amazon VOD, and DVD on May 1, 2013.
Our web series “Space Ale” is currently entering post-production. We are still looking for a sound editor and composer, but should be releasing episodes by the start of next year. All depends on how quickly we can fill the positions we need and how much time is available. Robert Durland is our special effects editor and I believe it will make the series 10 times better. I can’t wait to see the effects added in.
Now that things are moving along, it’s time we start development on our next project. What that project is, we are not sure yet. Currently we have several ideas kicking around in our heads and a few that even have a rough draft written. But it all depends on our resources available and weather. If we choose to do another feature film, production may not begin until next summer. If it’s a web series, it might be sooner. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Our website is under construction as we get ready to add a store and updated information. Stay with us as we make these changes. Things should be up and running by the time we premiere our first feature film “Misfit Heights” at Gen Con on August 17, 2012.