Hey everyone, I wanted to give you a much needed update on the progress of the downloads and the DVDs.
Originally when we created the campaign (and you had backed the campaign) we had set a goal to have the movie out to all of your by the end of July...
...and it's now August.
So let's state that obvious: we'll be a week or two late on you.
We take being late very, very seriously. We're frustrated we have to rely on your patience for another week or two - after we've relied SO heavily on your support to even make this happen. We're asking a lot of you - and we know that.
That said, the *last* thing we want to do is sacrifice the *quality* of what we are doing to rush something out. Because of you, we believe this movie can have an impact for decades to come. On that scale, it's easier for us to make the tough decision to be a week or two late.
In hindsight (which is always so perfect), we should of given ourselves more than 5 weeks after the finish of this campaign to pull this all together! After all, we only received the funds a little more than two weeks ago (yikes).
Rest assured though - your money is safe, the movie is amazing (if you ask me), and your rewards will be sent out very, very soon.
The first wave will be the online downloads.
Anyone who donated more than $5 (basically everyone) will have the chance to download it if they want. This will be the earliest you can see the movie. Our goal for this is next week.
Left to do:
- Finalize the last few typos and edits.
- Render the master file.
- Re-render and compress multiple file options for different devices and internet connections.
- Set-up a username and password generator for each user.
- Host the backend on our website so you can visit, login, and download away.
The next phase will be the issuing of the DVD. This may take extra time due to the complexities of working with a third party.
Left to do:
- Send the final file to the transcriptionist.
- Finalize DVD cover, DVD menu, DVD chapters, insert design, and transcription file.
- Send everything to the DVD duplicator.
- Receive huge shipment (we'll likely film this, haha).
- Piece together all the parts and package the DVDs
- Pack them lovingly into envelopes and boxes
- Address 2,000+ said envelopes and boxes
- Make a sure-to-be-interesting trip to the post office...
Lastly, we'll work on getting the public-facing site up - and the shopping cart to ensure that the general public can share in our glorious film watching. This will come after we've got the downloads and DVDs out to you - but many of the parts are in the process now.
I share this all with you because you deserve to know everything that's moving behind the scenes here.
We're working hard to pump this out - and appreciate your patience. We know once you see the final film, the agonizing wait will be worth it. :)
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions (as many of you have) - and I'll do a better job of updating you more often in between work sessions!
Two Chances to See the Film Live Coming Up...
As cool as the download will be (and the DVD) - the best way to see "I'm Fine, Thanks" is in a live theater. Whoo-hoo!
We're showing it NEXT Friday in Wilmington, OH (our midwest premiere)...
This is the hometown of the majority of the crew - and it's in a historic, amazing local theater. It'll be amazing if you are within driving distance. We'll be coming from Indiana. :)
GET TICKETS HERE: http://imfinethanksmidwest.eventbrite.com/
Also, our Canadian premiere is happening at the OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL coming up in a few weeks.
AUGUST 18th - 5 pm - Ottawa: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/8/prweb9750640.htm
It's our hope that after the public release of the download and the DVD, that we will be able to bring "I'm Fine, Thanks" to even more cities. Even though you'll have seen it by then - it's still fun to bring friends and family to a live theater. :)
On behalf of the entire team, please accept our apologies for running a few weeks late. And our apologies for the unrealistic original timeline (we were a little over eager).
I will update you this coming Monday on our exact progress - and your downloads should be ready very soon.
-Baker, Grant, and the Crank Tank team.