Sorry it's been so long since we last reached out, but it's been a crazy year, and we didn't want to send updates reporting anything other than the films completion. Both Werley and Bob had to work a lot of hours at their respective studios in Portland and Los Angeles, and while modern remote communication is a blessing, it's still far less efficient than working together directly. However, we're proud to announce that T.P. is finally finished! Over the last year we were very fortunate to enlist a couple more team members to our merry band of volunteers...
John Thomas- John is a talented and experienced sound designer who has worked on feature films like Frozen and Noah, but he sacrificed a lot of spare time from his current gig at Blizzard Entertainment to help us out. He designed, recorded, synced, and mixed great audio effects that brought our animated characters to life in a wonderful new way, and we're very grateful for his efforts.
Jake Carlson- Jake is an assistant camera operator and colleague of Bradly Werley at Laika, and he very generously offered to color correct T.P. in his free time. Color correction in stop motion is a very precise and time consuming process that demands a keen eye, and watching the corrected cut beside the original really demonstrates how important a process it is in creating a final product that looks sleek and professional. Jake is also working with Werley on a promotional poster for T.P. which we will share with you as soon as it's ready. :)
So we completed a huge amount of frame by frame digital effects, color correction, and sound work right after the new year. After test screening our first final cut online with a bunch of friends, family, and industry associates we received an overwhelmingly positive response to the film, but also some insightful critique and suggestions for changes to make the final product a little more effective. So for the last few weeks we made a big push to get a finished product ready for a bunch of looming festival deadlines. Grace Blevins grit her teeth and created a ton of fantastic new artwork for the credits sequence very quickly, John made time to re-edit and mix the sound, and Bob pulled a couple all nighters to get everything ready to go. Thanks to their final efforts, years of dedication and hard work from a crew of fourteen volunteers, and to the generosity and profound patience of all our wonderful backers, T.P. was submitted to these film festivals over the weekend...
LA Film Festival, USA Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, The Indie Fest Film Awards, Viewster Online Film Festival, The Shredder International Film Festival, American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers at Cannes, Alhambra Theatre Fest, Beverly Hills Film Festival, Zero Film Festival in LA, The Short Shorts Film Festival in Japan, The New Media Film Festival, The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, Cinema at the Edge Film Festival, The Speechless Film Festival, The Liverpool Lift Off Film Festival, The Screen Actors Guild Short Film Festival
Some of these are very prestigious and competitive festivals that will be very difficult to get accepted into, but we made an awesome movie and we're not going to be shy about putting it out there.
It will probably take a few more weeks to assemble all the materials and prepare the reward packages most of you are still waiting for, but we will be sending out the last surveys soon to get everyones current contact information, and we'll get all your materials to you as soon as possible.
We have ended all our past updates by thanking each of you for your contribution and being so patient with us, but we've never been so nervous to do so until now. Soon you will all be able to decide for yourselves whether or not we earned your support, and we hope you'll find the film to be a piece of art and entertainment that was worth the wait. Regardless, we couldn't be more grateful to you all. Thank you so very much, and we'll send another update and surveys soon.