Flat out - I've been neglectful. I have taken too long to keep you updated with the project. And for that - I am truly sorry. I can easily see how this can look to everyone who has contributed to this project, and so I look to make amends and a promise. I won't let this happen again. I haven't been timely with the updates because I haven't had much to update lately, I'm embarrassed to say. But with that, I know it's no excuse and I won't make that mistake any longer.
Here is where we are: When We Went MAD! is still in production. Progress is infinitesimally slower than I imagined it would be at this point, but our budget is so tight - I am at the mercy of the "paying" schedule of the wonderful professionals who are helping us out. I am doing my best to avoid cutting corners on this and that means waiting it out for time to become available with the crew.
That being said, The main editor is sending me updates fairly regularly - and I see a great story coming together. MAD's history is coming to life through the very words of its creators and it is thrilling. And although I am saddened at the recent passing of MAD writers Lou Silverstone and Tom Koch, we are so very lucky to have interviewed them and their stories feature prominently in this film.
I edit on a daily basis, scan and place images, tweak cuts, and when I'm not editing, I'm seeking out photos, and always looking for production help to join the project and spread the responsibilities.
We have a big shoot in the works: material we will use to bridge the decades of MAD - kids reading MAD at various stages of MAD's existence. We are a few major props and a couple cast members from shooting that. (anyone know where to get a large magazine rack - as seen in drugstores and supermarkets? No commercial supply houses seem to have them in the Detroit area)
We are starting to schedule the last couple non-celebrity interviews; hopefully we'll have those nailed down in the next few weeks.
We are still in the hunt for those elusive celebrity interviews. A handful seem like we can get them with just a last little push from those contacts we've made.
This project has been filled with lulls and bursts, and it's been very challenging to keep the lulls as short as possible - again, something that is a by product of having such a small production team.
I hope this at least alleviates some of the concerns and perhaps anger at the scarcity of reports. I want this to be a project every one of us is proud to have supported, and I certainly don't want to let any of you down.
We'll talk SOON.
Thanks as always,