Real quick before I run off to work.
My head is still swimming. I can hardly read or write a thing these days. This past month has quite possibly been the hardest of my life (of course excluding the loss of my dad). It sounds like I am exaggerating, but trust me, I am not.
We screened the movie. Somehow we got it edited (enough, though certainly not perfectly) and up on the screen on September 19. Chris and I were both up until about 2am every night before that, making as many changes as humanly possible leading up to it. I have never, ever been so overwhelmed. Both Chris and I have said over and over – filming the movie was so much easier than this.
But the outcome? Pretty AWESOME! The kindest words ever! From old friends, new friends, people I’ve still not met! (And I owe you ALL emails – this weekend, I swear!) Very humbling, especially considering that all Chris and I could see that night were the flaws. I mean, of course, the movie couldn’t sound like a real movie in a barn, and of course the screen was smaller than a regular theatre, but we got the movie up! And people liked it! They LAUGHED! I heard some sniffles during the sad bits! I mean, are you kidding me?!
I don’t know why we’re so surprised, but we are! I think we weren’t expecting it. And we’ve seen this movie so many times.
Ahhh this is a rambling post – see, my words are not all in place at the moment. I still wake up worried about what I need to panic about. The answer? NOTHING. At least not right now.
The next time anyone sees this movie will be at least January if not later.
And yet – we still did not get the screener up in time, but we’ll hopefully have it up this weekend (I can’t even go into it…crunching 105 GB to less than 5 GB, now needing to update my Macbook, but worrying that Final Cut will change when it updates and being unable to open the movie up ever again….etc. etc. LOTS to figure out there…).
But the second we get it up, our contributors and guests (and CAST!!!) who couldn’t make it on Saturday night will finally see it. AND we’ll send it out to film festivals!! Happyhappyjoyjoy/FEAR.
What else needs to be done? Chris and I drove around (again) last week and took photos for the poster. We now have to choose that and send it out to our designer. We also re-recorded a voiceover in the parking lot of the Sister Bay Bowl the night before we left. Hmmm…we need to keep working on sound issues, I need to re-work the credits, a million million things. I need to keep pushing the Indiegogo like a maniac so we can keep fixing it up. (Can you help? How can we get more creative in our final weeks?)
But for now? I need to fight through this cold and go to my two jobs today so I can pay rent (soon! arghhhhh). And then tonight…honestly – I just want to watch a movie that isn’t ours.
Oy, this was a really tired and quickly-written blog post. I apologize. We’re gettin real here. I love you all. Now I gotta go to work!
p.s. The only photo I took of the premiere was the night before while we were getting ready. Can y’all email me some? firstname.lastname@example.org