After successfully loading up my car with the set, (it's more organized than it appears) I drove through the heavy rain of Oregon to come out in the sunny clear skies of southern California and then finally made it through the dry hot desert of Arizona to arrive in Phoenix on the day of record heat for this time of year at a 100 degrees!
The show went really well the first weekend and opened to lots of laughter in the audiences. Yay! The technical director of the festival has named my show "the show to see" and has become my own personal advertiser by spreading the word. This week will be spent giving out lots of flyers in character to get even more people to come out and see Gary Has a Date.
I have included some pictures of encounters along the way. As you can see, my set fits nicely into my car thanks to Andrew Phoenix's craftmanship! Also pictured is California's diverse wildlife and some of Arizona's interesting locals. The character who's winking at ya is Bill Johnson and he happens to own a great diner. I will let you know how this next weekend goes!
All the best,
We have now raised over $9,600. That's over 64% of our goal! That's fantastically amazing! I want to thank everyone sincerely who has pledged! Every single contribution is making a difference.
We now have 48 days left to reach or ideally surpass our goal. To everyone who believes in this project please continue to spread the word.
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Also for the French speakers - we have added French subtitles to the video and a full French translation for the text on the page.
For your viewing pleasure I am posting a music video that Adeline directed to a song we made together for our band Pandi Panda... It was shot last summer in NYC.
It's music video about a woman, a fish and a noodle....
All went well in Louisiana. I completed two more interviews with Chitimacha basket weavers. Since, I have returned to California and my travel partner arrived from Chile. We have been busy packing, buying supplies, writing hotels and confirming routs. We are nearly ready to leave. We are very excited to begin this journey early next week.
Thank you for all of your support. In addition to the Kickstarter funds, I have had several other donations from companies, hotels and individuals, including a designer and printer for the catalogue!!
We hope that you stay in touch by following our journey on our blogs. We will send these links in the last update.
We are so grateful, thank you!
All my best,
We had our first shoot this past weekend - we took our cast and crew up to a small, but beautiful, cabin in Alstead, New Hampshire for the entire weekend to shoot most of our interiors. We shot some gorgeous footage, bonded as a cast/crew, and were all happy with the results. We also had a 6am shoot on Sunday (after getting home at 1.30am!) at Ryers Store in North Reading, MA (www.ryersstore.com) for a short scene. Our next shoot is next weekend in Salem, MA, for some important character developing scenes, so production is moving forward quickly.
Head over to our facebook page to see some production stills - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dove-The-Movie/105713879507693
There will be a Kickstarter backers only behind-the-scenes featurette next week that I will upload for you all to see, so keep your eyes peeled for that :)
Thanks for supporting!
Thank you all for your continued support!!!
We are getting into the last week of character animation. I am working on shot 12, inside the cave, where Robo-san meets the rock monster. Eric is currently painting the background for shot 12 and Stephen is working on shot 04 at the beginning of the film where Wan-chan meets the foot rocks.
The new animatic with all of our character animation will be done around next week Wednesday. We will post an update and a link when it is finished.
The final animation will be done May 12th for the senior animation showing at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art at 6:00pm. Anyone can attend this free event and all are welcome to come. If you do show up, please come meet us so we can thank you personally.
Because of film festival policies we will not be able to put the animation on the internet immediately. Supporters will receive a password to view the animation for a limited period of time before it is re released publically later in the year.
I'm very happy to announce that it's my intention to daily release a new animation of each coloring page. At the end of the week I will update you here with one of my highlights from the week, but if you want to see them daily, you can go here! I hope you enjoy the animations. I've had a great time learning the technical side of this and am looking forward to animating all of the pages.
About 2 weeks ago I received a package from my printer with a bunch of proofs. It was very exciting. Included with the proofs were 2 copies of the complete unbound book in signatures. In case you are unfamiliar with the printing world, a signature is a handful of pages sewn together. A traditional book is made up of several signatures sewn together. This allows the book to fold open all the way and lay flat on a table. You can see pictures of the signatures below. These are stapled but the book will be sewn.
There were also proofs of the cover art and the foil stamping of the logo on the front and spine. I think the cover is going to look great. Oh yeah, I also finally picked out a cloth color that works nicely. It’s not quite as green as I wanted but it still holds up really well.
Also included were wet proofs which are full color printings on the exact paper stock. They looked amazing! Later that week I got the rest of the wet proofs of the entire book to make sure the color looked right on each page.
It took a while but we made some subtle tweaks and got all the proofs back to the printer to get the ball rolling and now it's just a waiting game. I've requested 20 copies to be airmailed to me asap so I can post some good pictures here for you all to see. Hopefully something will arrive soon. So excited!
In addition to that I’ve been working on something that will make these books even more unique that I think you’ll love. I’ll announce that next time.
Thanks again for your support!
...Ignoring Toaster Guy's total lack of humility - that's it! The final 24 hours! The home stretch! Thanks to everyone who backed us (meaning, me, Toaster Guy, and the Master Ninja)! We exceeded the goal which is unbelievable! I had no idea anybody besides me and a couple friends and family would be interested in the adventures of Toaster Guy!
This weekend, once time officially ends, I'll start collecting everyone's information. I'll also come up with a hard-and-fast timeline for when you can expect your sketches, T-shirts, etc. Please check http://www.toasterguy.com for updates. You can also find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Hazouri/25113630.
Thanks again, everyone! I appreciate it!!