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Home stretch

First off, thanks to all who hit me up via FB or MySpace or e-mail
w/birthday wishes. Much as I hate to mark another trip around the sun, it’s
still better than the alternative.

On to what’s happening around here. Eric is working on The Bunker final
sound mix, and an alternate version which removes a bit of female naughty
bits from the edit. This coming Saturday, Pam and I are driving up to Tampa
for a photo shoot for the media & festival press kits. Yes, a photo shoot.
Why anybody wants a pic of me I don’t know, but hey, I’ve done my own PR for
years. Now, I have a pro working with me and the distributor, so as far as I’m
concerned? Whatever she says, goes.

Last night, Pam began uploading a couple hundred megs of files for the kit,
including revised DVD box cover art, the poster graphics, information about
the bands we’ve locked up for the film, production notes, high-res pics from
the shoot, stuff like that. Today, the distribution company’s designer is
getting it all together and putting the finishing touches on, then dropping
it off at the printer. Once the photo shoot is in the can, the kits will be
assembled, and away we go.

Been a long road leading here, but the finish line’s just ahead. Next week,
we’ll probably be announcing my first festival appearance, the official
Bunker web site will be launched, and we’ll be selecting other festivals to
approach with the completed film. The distributor and publicist are
targeting some pretty big ones, so hopefully we’ll be able to hit a few.

And now, it’s back to the grind. Got a new freelance gig to bang out, still
got work to do on my story for the fantasy anthology I’ve been asked to
contribute to, and I have another writing project I’ve been itching to get
on for quite a while. On both the fiction and film front, there are a whole
lot of irons in the fire. For a workaholic like me? that’s Nothing new, but
I’m digging it anyway.

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Currently listening to: Hey Boy, Hey Girl by The Chemical Brothers


I’m going on 22 and a half hours straight, but hadda sit down before
shutting off the computer to put out a quick update. Eric and I worked our
asses off today, and locked the edit on The Bunker, my first feature film,
about ten minutes ago. L-o-o-o-n-g day, but unbelievably productive.

Working with stage actor Robert Feigenblatt on his voiceover role for The Bunker.

Robert came over around 5, knocked out his voiceover in three takes. Thing
fit into the final scene in the film seamlessly. We even got to work in a
product placement, which was way cool. Eric was a cuttin’ fiend, doing both
sound and picture, and the footage we shot two weeks ago in Los Angeles
required some careful editing, but save for some color correction that’ll be
handled by Skrubahl, Inc. when Adam puts on the film look, the new shots
work perfectly with the existing footage. Shout outs to R-Dogg and Jim
Powers for helping make that a reality.

And, the track I just secured from an Atlanta-based punk band (with a
well-known lead singer, announcement coming soon about that signing),
dropped into the opening scene like it was written specifically for the
movie. It blows away the Tattooed Millionaires song we ditched
way-back-when, and both lyrically and musically, it fit like a glove. I am
so glad I stumbled across these guys, and was able to get in touch with them
about their music. Definitely, an upgrade.

We’re still gonna tweak the credits roll, and then Eric’s doing the final
sound mix, but locking the edit is like throwing a 400 lb gorilla off my
back. My distributor’s gonna be thrilled when I give him the good news
tomorrow-that he can begin banging out the media kit and more film festival
packages. He and Tracie, our publicist, have targeted some high-profile
fests. Not sure if we’ll get into any, but the push is on in a big way. Will
post about possible festival screenings when the info becomes available.

All right, that’s it for me. Still gotta get up early and hit it hard, see
if we can’t get Eric on the road by the afternoon for a shoot he’s been
hired for for Monday. When you work with top-notch people, they’re always in

Keep checkin’ in for news about what’s happening, and thanks again to
shoppers who’ve been buying from our online store and those who supported us
via Kickstarter. You guys put us over the hump, and I appreciate it greatly.

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Currently listening to: Keelhauled by Alestorm

It’s all about the weekend…

When, if all goes well, we should pretty much wrap up The Bunker festival
cut. Sure, the film look is yet to come and Eric will be taking back a drive
with him to polish the final sound mix, but those things are entirely out of
my hands. I’m also still waiting on word from Metropolis Records about song
licensing for a track by one of their bands, but even if I can’t get the
song I want, I have several others to choose from, and will have more next
week through one of my distributor’s contacts.

Meeting with Tuna and Knuckles, dogs not-quite-ready for still photography.

So, this weekend is pretty simple stuff. Eric’s going to be editing in the
footage we shot two weeks back in Los Angeles at Jim Powers’ place, which
will transform the original wraparound sequence-which was something totally
unrelated-into part of the main story. The whole sequence has been
transformed with the new material, all the plot devices have been altered to
fit in with the original Bunker screenplay (which didn’t have a wraparound
when I first began working on the film), and I’ve replaced the music. The
new story now wraps up the feature with a nice, neat bow.

I was happy to get the chance to work with Adam and Charles and Ms.
Veronique again, those guys are true pros. And, getting to meet up with Jim
(whose work I knew from my previous gig), R Dog and Molly was a blast. Sure,
we shot for a couple hours longer than we’d planned, got a bit of a late
start, but…it’s moviemaking. When does *anything* ever go off on time?
Thanks to those guys for stepping up and really making the reshoot as
painless as possible. Believe me, I’d been toying with options that ran the
gamut from writing an entirely new framing sequence, to inserting additional
scenes with other actors, to simply dumping the wraparound and adding a
short and selling the pair together on a self-distributed disc.

But The Bunker had too much going for it. Once we got rid of the crap sound
design and film look, I still had a film with a lot of potential, which had
gotten exceptional reviews. I had solid performances. I simply needed to
figure out a way to make what I had work. That still required shooting
additional material, but it was a lot less daunting than the alternatives I’d

This weekend? I’m hoping that as the last few pieces fall into place, I can
finally breathe a sigh of relief, hand it off to Eric and Adam and Charles
for sound and film look, and move on to what’s next.

What’s next for The Bunker is film festival screenings and distribution,
both foreign and domestic. What’s next for me as a director? Well, you’ll
have to keep checkin’ back for updates on that.

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Currently listening to: What Do I Get? by The Buzzcocks

Latest Bunker update & announcements

Hey gang-the new Sight Unseen INSIDER is up (yeah, yeah, I know, about
time). In it, I cover the recent trip to Los Angeles to get the necessary
footage reshot to complete The Bunker, my casting choices, the elimination
of a wraparound sequence in favor of one (reasonably) linear storyline, and
who’s now handling the film look and various post-production details. I’ve
got an award-winning filmmaker handling the final sound mix and engineering,
a post house that’s also taken home some hardware at award ceremonies for
their creative work, my composer is putting the finishing touches on the
last ninety seconds of score to round out the flick, and then it’s into the
hands of my distributor and off to several festivals-both foreign and

Thanks to all the folks who pledged and helped out via Kickstarter, or who’ve
been buying our merch from the online store. This, folks, is what your money’s
been going to, and trust me, every penny’s being well-spent. Check out the
latest Sight Unseen INSIDER here:

More announcements comin’!

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Currently listening to: Hang Him Higher by WUMPSCUT

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