Happy Summer to our Kickstarter Family! The sun is blazing, the pool parties are hopping, and we are still basking in the glorious conclusion of One Per Person!
IMPORTANT: YOUR REWARDS!
Since wrapping the film, we have been excitedly preparing YOUR hard-earned Kickstarter rewards, including copies of the film! The DVDs are burning away, the pre-production art packet is being shipped to the printer this week, the maquettes are receiving their finishes touches, and all the other details are coming together.
Now for the BEST part : WHEN WILL YOU RECEIVE THE FILM AND YOUR REWARDS?!
We are happily planning an epic packaging and mailing party in a few weeks, so please expect to receive your rewards in August! Depending on your location, your package may arrive early or late in August. To ensure that you receive your rewards promptly, please take a moment to confirm that your shipping address is current in your survey response.
For details on how to edit your survey response / mailing address, please see this FAQ link from Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer+questions#faq_63017
We have now enabled address updates, please be sure to update it by July 18!
PREPARING FOR FESTIVALS: Our first task after completing the film was to fulfill all the deliverables. Finishing the imagery in a film is only one part of the delivery process. When working in color timing, each frame is still an individual image. During delivery, those frames are combined together with the music and exported into various formats like .mov Quicktime files, .mov ProRes files, .mov h264 compressed files, etc.
We had a big list of necessary file formats for different purposes, such as a file for digital delivery, a file for DVD burning, a file for festival submissions, a file for theatrical screenings, etc. The question might be: Can't you use the same file for everything? While that solution would be nice, every file type serves a unique purpose depending on the form of distribution. Theater projectors require one type of file, DVDs require another type of file, etc. for smooth playback and best color quality. We paid special attention to these details so that the film looks exactly right no matter where you watch the movie!
WRAP: In addition to creating all the files, we also had to take time and properly offline and archive all the data from the entire production. While the artists were working, we kept all the film's data online in a central server. Now that the project is finished, we have been carefully and diligently removing that data from the server ("offlining") and onto multiple hard drives that can be safely stored for archival purposes ("archiving"). This process involves hundreds of Gigabytes of data, and we are thankful for our technical directors and other team members that have assisted in this attentive endeavor.
A special thank you to everyone for your patience these past few months. Your kindness and understanding has allowed us to truly relish in the completion of the film. We have been overwhelmed with the congratulatory messages, and we are so thankful for the amazing circle of support you have provided us. Even now as the film is complete, we are continually filled with gratitude for the incredible fellowship of the crew and Kickstarter patrons like you. Thank you, as always, for being such a fantastic cornerstone throughout this journey.
We were giddy with delight at seeing the first batch of DVDs arrive!
THE UPDATE TO END ALL UPDATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Over five years. Over 100 artists. Over 600 Kickstarter patrons. Collectively coming together to present the story of One Per Person to the world, collectively celebrating the tradition of independent filmmaking and the passion for creative storytelling.
This update is for all of you. Because we are finished.
Finished. Yes, finished.
The words are so simple to write, and yet the gravity cannot strike deep enough chords.
Confetti, balloons, champagne aside.... we are finished. Truly. Finally. Finished.
This weekend, we walked into the color timing suite in Los Angeles. We sat in the Deep Image "DI" room and finally saw the big silver screen spring to life with our images. For hours, we dialed and unified the color into exactly the right spot and then sat back to watch the film in final, true form.
And every minute that screen played, we could only think of this journey. This journey now coming to a close after one of the longest, most arduous, most rewarding, and most fulfilling adventures of our careers. We thought of each artist that touched each shot, of each story meeting, of each discussion, of each battle, of each victory.... and most importantly... each and every memory... good or bad, high or low, recent or distant. Each memory that came perfectly together and brought us to here.
And today, right this moment as walk away from the color session, we celebrate a memory that until now has only been a dream: Finishing One Per Person.
We always knew the day would arrive for writing this update. We wondered how we could possibly write the perfect words to convey gratitude above and beyond every other update we have ever written. How could we possibly describe the feeling in our souls as we watched the finished film? How could we possibly share in this celebration accurately with the people who have been with us on this journey? You, who have truly become our family?
The term "words do not convey" even ceases to serve us here. As such, we can only rely upon the simple words at their core: Thank you.
To our crew and patrons alike: Thank you for your time. Thank you for joining. Thank you for giving. Thank you for the nights. Thank you for the weekends. Thank you for listening. Thank you for your words. Thank you for your workmanship. Thank you for your commitment. Thank you for your faith.
Thank you for One Per Person.
The celebration of our time at the colorist!
PS. For everyone wondering, "When will we see the film?"... We are enjoying the moment and will soon begin the next phase of preparing the Kickstarter giveaways, planning the premiere, and plotting our trajectory on the festival circuit. As always, exciting information to come soon! For now, please join us in this celebration.
HAPPIEST OF HAPPY NEW YEARS TO OUR KICKSTARTER FAMILY! With 2016 in full swing, we thought now would be the perfect post-holiday update with our BIG BIG BIG BIG news and goals of the impending year!
COMPOSITING: Compositing has moved LEAPS AND BOUNDS in the past few months. As mentioned in our last update, we were able to bring some additional compositors with decades of experience in their back pockets, and they graciously spent their holidays plugging away in order to complete passes on ALL....OF.....THE......SHOTS. 100% OF THE SHOTS. YES, ALL OF THEM!
YES. EVERY SINGLE SHOT HAS MOVED THROUGH THE QUEUE. NOT ONCE....BUT TWICE! With only one more round of notes to go, we expect compositing to wrap in the NEXT. FEW. WEEKS.
COLOR TIMING: With yet ANOTHER department on the cusp of finishing, we have begun the preparations for our LAST ARTISTIC DEPARTMENT. You read properly, lads and ladies, we have reached the END OF THE LINE. We have found a fantastic colorist that has worked on all the recent blockbusters who will be joining OPP for our finishing session.
For those of you unfamiliar with color timing (also called "color grading"), the colorist is a singular artist who will be the final touch on all the shots in the film. With so many artists compositing all over the world, small but inevitable inconsistencies arise since everyone is using a different type of monitor where the colors can look ever-so-slightly different.
The colorist brings ALL the shots into his suite, and he will sit live with the directors to unify any of these small discrepancies and ensure the piece is absolutely spotless. You can think of the colorist like the master chef in a restaurant kitchen. Before the plate (our film) goes to the diner, the head chef always takes a look to provide consistency to every single dish served that evening. He is the last stop before the presentation. There may be many chefs in the kitchen, but there is one master chef who sees everything come together.
We have a meeting planned at the end of this month to assess any particular preparations needed and also to determine a weekend where both directors and the producer will meet in Los Angeles and join the colorist in his suite!
KICKSTARTER: You? Yes, you! YOU have an update section now! With the film finally wrapping up, we are starting to prepare all the fun goodies for our lovely audience, YOU! All tiers are being prepared, such as the pre-production art packet, the personalized DVD openers, and the maquette statues. We have just finished the animation, lighting, and compositing on all the personalized DVD introductions, and we will be completing our first full draft of the layout for the pre-production art packet at the end of this month. We are so thrilled to finally be at this stage, packaging up your well-deserved Thank You gifts for being our fabulous OPP family so that the mail out can coincide with the conclusion of the film once color timing finishes.
How could we possibly need anyone else with the film so tantalizingly close to the finish line? Well, we do! As we strategize for the festival circuit, we are assembling the best think tank Kickstarter can offer as we map out our strongest and most efficient run through the hundreds of available festivals for entry. If you have festival experience and intel to share, we welcome you with listening ears and open arms! We all want OPP to go far and wide after completion!
Beginning the New Year is so full of fresh potential, and we can see the year already bursting forth with opportunity for One Per Person as we close in on these final departments and look to the next stage of life for this film in the festivals. Your love, support, and faith in this journey has only strengthened the potential of the film. We continually thank you again for all you have so graciously offered in 2015 and for the tremendous value you add every day to our efforts in delivering a worthy and high quality piece.
We are so full of excitement; we feel just like this little girl Kara!
Happy November to our lovely Kickstarter family! We hope everyone is looking forward to their respective holiday seasons and the upcoming fun of the next few months. We have been having a lot of fun the past few months ourselves, which we are excited to share in our latest update!
OVERVIEW: Our news this month is short and sweet, which we LOVE because the smaller the update means the closer we are to that big, fancy Finish Line! As we near the end of the year, we thought we would post a fun little timeline of how FAR we have come since starting these Kickstarter updates.
Rigging QC: FINISHED
Animation QC: FINISHED
Look Development: FINISHED
Rendering QC: FINISHED
Lighting QC: FINISHED
We are truly proud and forever grateful to every single department for bringing their A+ GAME to turn-and-burn through nights, weekends, and more to deliver this production. Looking through that list, we can really see how little we have left to go!
COMPOSITING: Our team is all crewed up! We expanded the team to include a few more rock star players, and we are so excited to see that pace pick up even FASTER. In fact, we anticipate moving SO quickly through the next few months that we have started building a full After Effects conform of the edit so that fresh composites can be dropped directly into place (rather than going through an editing software like Avid or Final Cut Pro).
CREDITS: Give us a D.....Give us an O.....Give us a N.....Give us an E....! What's that spell? DONE! DONE! DONE! The motion graphics portion of the credits is FINAL, FINAL, FINAL! Please imagine us jumping up and down and up and down and up and down! We have LOCKED all artwork on the credits. From here, we just need to tweak some text placement (since our team will always continue to grow up until delivery), which will be handled just before color-timing.
Sing with us now, "Ceeeeeeleeeebrate good times, come on!"
Congratulations to our motion graphics artist who was a one-man-band that really went to town personally animating several unique pieces of artwork to create a memorable way to close out this piece.
Do YOU have the most popular Facebook page of your friends? Do YOU have witty Tweets in excesss? Do YOU have the perfect eye for Instagram filters? If so, we want YOU! We are looking for anyone interesting in spearheading our publicity and social media management. As we start planning our festival circuit, online buzz will be crucial to spreading the word and the love for One Per Person both here in Los Angeles and around the world wide web. Drop us a line if you are interested.
The holiday season always reminds us to be grateful for the love of our families, so we wanted to express our heartfelt gratitude for YOU, our Kickstarter family. Seeing the words "Thank you" typed here on the screen never feels like enough! Thank you so much for your continued support, for your continued love, and for your continued standard of excellence. As the weather turns colder, our hearts just grow warmer as we work towards delivering this film to you!
For everyone showing off their Smiley buttons loud and proud, here is a shot that prominently features this prop in the film!