The people over at SpidVid.com were generous enough to have a discussion with me about the making of the film. It's the most in-depth I've gone about the four year process, so particularly for those of you who have seen the film, I hope you take a few moments out of your day to give it a read.
As always, the Solomon Grundy Facebook Page continues daily updates on where Grundy is in the world, I hope you will all check in, say hi, and tell me what you think of the film. Best,
As I'm sure many of you have realized via the Grundy Facebook page, the film is completely done, and many of you are about to receive your copies this week and the next (if you didn't already at the end of last week.) To say I'm thrilled is an understatement. As you all know, it's been 3+ years in the making and there's been an ebb and flow to the progress to get this film made. Had I known at age 19 what a task it was to be, I'm not sure I would have had the courage (or stupidity, for the cynics) to take on so much. Now 23, I look at the finished film, which has been sent off to two dozen film festivals as well as your own mailboxes, and am extremely proud of the finished product.
My own tastes and creative sensibilities have changed, particularly since studying at the American Film Institute, and Solomon represents for me a really unique melting pot of my own creative growth over these ages. What has resulted is a film that is, I find, extremely unique and hard to pin down, but an enjoyable ride with bumps along the way that I am extremely excited to watch with the rest of the world.
As you get your films, please give a shout as to what you think- I want to hear all the good and bad that you take from Solomon Grundy, and hope that the journey to the end was worth the wait.
Solomon Grundy Original Soundtrack
The great Pick Bickmore has spent two years working on the original soundtrack for the film. You can check it out and download it over and his website, and I ask that you please do so- he's put a lot of heart into this score and frankly, it's an amazing soundtrack that elevated the film a thousand times over. http://pickbickmore.bandcamp.com/
The Solomon Grundy Facebook Page is updated several times a week and is the best source for Grundy information. Over the next few months I will be waiting to hear about the various film festivals we have applied to throughout the US. If and when there is a festival screening, it will be announced on the facebook page and the kickstarter page as well.
Additionally, there are forming plans for two screenings in late 2013/early 2014- one in New York City, the other near my hometown in central Massachusetts. As these screenings come into fruition, I hope to be able to watch the movie with you in person.
Please rate the film on IMDB and post about it on facebook, twitter, and tumblr. The more people who know about Solomon Grundy, the more the film will be seen!
Sophomore Films + 'Secret Film X' Rewards
Many of you, for a kickstarter reward, ($50 or more) were promised a collection of work from my Sophomore year of college. While I do enjoy much of the work that came from my Sophomore year (as well as the film I dubbed at the time 'Secret Film X') I did not expect to be delivering Grundy as late as I have- many years have passed, and while working on Solomon Grundy, I have made a few other films too, and I am much, much more excited to share this with you rather than work that is several years old.
I cannot legally make a DVD copy of some of this work, but it is within my rights to share with you all via a link with a password. If anyone is unhappy with this and would rather have a copy of work from my Sophomore year instead of the newer material, please get in touch with me via kickstarter and I will make the arrangements for you.
For your Entertainment
SILENCE: A deaf detective who deals in marriage cases finds herself falling in love and questioning her moral codes. (2013)
https://vimeo.com/60582309 password: silence
HORNS: A teenager in suburbia deals with prejudices and snap judgements from his peers and neighbors when he suffers a strange abnormality. (2013)
https://vimeo.com/71023297 password: horns
BRUISER: A high school science teacher wrestles with his sanity as he tries to prove to his wife he has superpowers. (2012)
DREAM LOVER: Selene makes her way through Anderson's dreams as they evolve into nightmares. Formerly known as 'Secret Film X' Also starring Solomon Grundy's Adam M. Griffith and Logan Riley Bruner. (2011)
- Solomon Grundy Website - Complete with Behind the Scenes Images
- Mattson Tomlin's Tumblr- Grundy material often featured
Making Solomon Grundy has been a very long, very difficult journey, and had it not been for an obligation to you all, there is a possibility it would have never been finished. I want to thank everyone for being patient over the past few years as the film came together.
I am a backer of over a dozen kickstarter projects, most of them films, and I know the frustration of having to wait, not getting updates, and worst of all, getting an announcement that the project will not be made and having no ability to do anything about that. I want to thank everyone who donated to this film not only for donating, but for having patience with me. This film was a learning process. This film was growth. It was a journey and I learned more from it than I can even put to words. My successes, but particularly my mistakes have made me a stronger filmmaker by miles (as my work above that I have linked I believe will prove) and I have you to thank for that. You all gave me an epic playground of a feature film with a huge set of problems that needed to be solved and eventually were and I've come out better in every sense of the word.
If anyone has any questions or concerns about the film, their rewards, or the process, please feel free to get in touch with me. I hope to hear from you all about the film, and will see you at the movies.
Best, Mattson Tomlin.
The past year has seen a whirlwind of change in my own life, and I find myself writing to you from Los Angeles as opposed to New York City. Forgive this long absence from kickstarter, but I wanted to wait on the next update until there was something substantial to say. Particularly regarding the release of the film.
The feature film, Solomon Grundy, which you have all been patiently awaiting (see the previous update) is on the verge of completion. Full disclosure- the film has been supported by a team of only four people for the past year. Myself, Pick Bickmore our composer, Will Whatley our sound designer, and Mike Pappa, our visual effects artist. The four of us have been squeezing in all of the post-production of Solomon Grundy in between jobs, school, and moving. It has been difficult but rewarding to be back in the proper head space for the film, and I am finally extremely confident in the final product that I will be delivering to you all in a little less than two months from now.
I appreciate your patience, and I am aware that the wait has been for some frustrating and disheartening. I promise that it has been worth it, and the final film will be of a higher caliber than that which we thought we could make at the outset. This is a fact I am very proud of.
Being the holiday season, I would like to share another film I have just completed and released online for the week. This was my final assignment and served as my senior film at SUNY Purchase. It is a film very close to me, and one that I am equally as proud of. It will only be online for two more days, so I ask you to find some time to watch the short film BRUISER. It will not disappoint.
My next update will come directly after the New Year with a final release date of the film. For day to day updates on the production, as well as screen grabs and hello's from the four of us working steadily on Grundy, tune into the Solomon Grundy Facebook Page.
Thank you all, and happy holidays. Look for Grundy right around the corner.
It has been an unforgivably long time since our last update, and for that I owe a big apology. Solomon Grundy and I have been in a battle for many months, and it's taken creative meditation and a lot of smart people to figure out the right moves.
When I first set out to make Solomon Grundy, I had just turned 19. Being undoubtedly, the biggest project of my young career, it has taken a lot to steer things in the right direction. I'm now over halfway through 21, and have undergone changes in my creative sensibilities. But Grundy is a film I made when I was 19.
That being said, there has been a lot of conflict between myself and Grundy. Some stylistic choices I would make differently now I committed to during shooting. For a time (and anyone who is an artist can probably relate) Grundy and I hated each other. In order to gain perspective on the situation, I brought in a few extremely talented and smart filmmakers and friends to go over my material with me and help get the film back on track, and as absolutely strong as it can possibly be. In essence, I've had to let go of my sensibilities of today, and trust the instincts I had at 19 and 20.
Solomon Grundy is now picture locked. The team working on it is now a small handful to push it through its final stages of post-production. Pick Bickmore, our composer, has been having Skype meetings with me from Chicago and is (literally as I am writing this) working on the score as we finish off the visual effects, sound design, and color work.
Okay, okay- this is all nice and good, but when will Solomon Grundy be released??
It's a fair question, and I don't want to give the wrong answer. In all transparency, I hit a big snag in the production which got me off track. I was unsure of what film I wanted to make, and had a rough cut that was nearly three hours long. It took a lot of work, but the final cut is a sharp, wild, and extremely satisfying, albeit unconventional 65 minutes, and I can say in all truthfulness that the time I took to sort out what Solomon Grundy is has paid off, and it is now absolutely the best film it can possibly be.
I made a promise to all of my backers to deliver a quality work that expanded on a short that you all loved, and do it well. Solomon Grundy is my top priority, and the objective is to have it released in the Spring of 2012. Many of you went on to back my short film, Dream Lover, and have recently gotten your rewards. I will be giving Solomon an equally attentive treatment in its delivery.
The updates from here on out will be less frequent that they were during production, but we are on track, and I want to keep everyone in the loop on our next and final steps. Below are three images- a production still that I have hanged on my office wall from the film, the film's official poster created by D. Yee, and a quick screenshot from my Skype meeting with Pick 20 minutes ago.
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and love. Though I will be updating with Kickstarter updates monthly and relevantly between now and the films post-production completion, you can always tune into the Official Facebook Page, where the smaller day-to-day activity will be kept up on. Thank you,
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Another kickstarter used this reward, and I think it is brilliant. If you pledge 7 (one for each episode) send me an e-mail. If you tell me a film that you greatly enjoy, I will record an audio commentary that you can run off of your ipod- and trust me- it will entertain. Any film. complete with a Mattson Tomlin commentary file to listen to as you watch. Very personalized. Right to you.
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A copy of Solomon Grundy: Born on a Monday on DVD. Also, be sure to tell your friends. Word of mouth is just as important.
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The Box set of Solomon Grundy. All Seven episodes packaged in a pretty slick DVD with all the features.
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Box set of Solomon Grundy- all seven episodes, as well as a DVD containing the work of my Sophomore year, including my Invisible Man work, Popsy, my documentary work, and more for the year. Anyone who pledges this much or more will also get an inside scoop about what each episode will be showing.
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Box set of Solomon Grundy- all seven episodes, as well as a production book that includes stills, writings, plans, the works, as well as said Sophomore year DVD. You'll also get the scoop on Secret-Film-X.
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Wow. All of the above, Box Set, Booklet, and Sophomore Year, plus work from Freshman Year (including my Freshman Film- Until the Sky Falls, which is not available online or on DVD unless I've given it to you)
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All of the above- Box set, all episodes, production book, Sophomore DVD, Freshman DVD + my third feature, The Projectionist, all of the above signed by the cast, the crew (my cast is going places, folks)- AND you will help ensure everyone who has contributed will get the best rewards possible. More money means better films, and better quality of the box set, the booklet, etc, I'll be able to hire that pyrotechnics guy and blow up a car, for one of the episodes... And then there's Secret Film X...
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