I apologize for the large gap between posts. The past few weeks have been quite eventful. Today won’t be a post-mortem, but an update instead.
We recently assembled our Sound Design team: Melodie Cros, Kyle Larimer and Avinash Ignatius. They are local professionals and are very excited to work on the film. In our first meeting, they joked, “Finally a meaningful drama! We’re tired of doing sound for zombies”.
One of the dead giveaways of an amateur student film is bad sound. As a matter of fact, audiences are much more receptive to lower quality images than lower quality sound. The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity and other “found footage” films are prime example. Knowing this, my editor and I worked very hard on finding the right people early. We are looking forward to working with them.
My Producer of Marketing and Distribution, Fred Pryor, and I are assembling a team to begin working on our festival and marketing strategy for the film. Some of you might be wondering why this is a priority while we are still in the edit room. With new trends in the independent film industry, getting your marketing strategy in order before your film is released has become paramount. Having a larger audience and fan base makes you more attractive to distributors. This means the more people know about it, the more likely we’ll get it out there.
Today we redeemed our prize for winning IndieWIRE project of the Week in April: an exclusive distribution consultation with Snagfilms, IndieWIRE’s distribution company. It was a very productive conversation. Liz Cook, a Snagfilms representative, graciously spent an hour on the phone with us this morning. She expressed a lot of interest in the film and also gave us a lot of great insight and pointers that we will be implementing over the next few months. Expect to see a revamped website, increased Facebook and Twitter presence as well as a Pinterest page in the near future.
In the edit room, we’re working on cut 7, which I’m very excited to screen with my editor this Friday.
To those of you who submitted voice-overs, thanks for being patient. We are still making our decisions. If you haven’t, it’s not too late! The script is below: