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April 2005

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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Yo,

Hot dang! After 90+ hours of processing time running the movie through the Magic Bullet filter, we have ourselves a final version of the movie! It looks really kick butt. The filter did some interesting things to the color (subtle, but interesting), mainly lightening everything up a bit. I spent most of this week getting the final DVD to send to the festivals just right. We now have what we call in the software business a "Golden Master" DVD, and I have burned 2 DVDs for the festivals (the third festival requires a VHS screener, which I also have ready).

In addition to finishing up the DVD, I also spent much of the week creating the DVD artwork. It is looking sweet. I can't wait to see it once it's professionally printed. My inkjet is not doing justice to Sid's artwork! Jacquie and I also did some running around in the last week, making photocopies of a couple of newspaper articles that mention Love & Plutonium, and getting reprints of several production stills for the press kits we will be including with our festival entries (and later, when we contact news organizations about the premiere).

So things are motoring along. Next week we pull everything together and actually send out the movie to the festivals (see the April 6 entry below for which festivals). Then I need to work on authoring the actual DVD we are going to sell (with the extras and all). Gotta hook in some outtakes, work on subtitles, and get some people together to record the commentary track. That should be a fun exercise as well. Don't know if we'll get to that before the wedding or not, due to the Trevor Lork shooting schedule, but we'll see...

We are almost ready, people! Of course, the wedding is going to grind our progress to a halt for most of May, but that's the breaks. I'm trying to get as much done beforehand so when we return from rainy London at the end of May, the premiere is all we have to think about!

This weekend, serendipitously enough, is my bachelor party and Jacquie's bachelorette party. Pray for good weather on Saturday, because right now we are going to freeze our behinds off.

Raucously,
Jeff
  

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

'Sup,

It's been a busy week in the Love & Plutonium production offices (that room right next to my bedroom). I've been cramming in knowledge of Adobe Encore and it hasn't been too difficult at all. It integrates nicely with Photoshop and Premiere Pro, and I've been able to design some fairly sharp-looking menus. I've got a working DVD, with some bare bones menus (main menu and four scene selection menus). I've also designed the menus for the full-blown golden DVD which we will be selling later this year, but for the purposes of sending out DVD screeners to the festivals, the bare version will certainly suffice. Jacquie and I watched version 4.0 last night, and we only had a few notes which will require minor tweaking. I plan to address those issues tonight and Thursday, and then the 1 hour, 25 minute epic that is Love & Plutonium will be ready to send through the Magic Bullet filter (software which makes video look more like film). The process of "Magic Bulleting" the 85 minute movie will probably take 2-3 full days (even on my Pentium 4 2.8 GHz with 1 Gb of RAM machine)! Thankfully, it's not something that I have to sit and monitor. I'll just start it up, let it eat billions of CPU cycles, and wait. Then I'll burn that onto the "Festival Master" DVD, and the process of marketing L&P will begin!

As always, I'll keep you updated as time permits (the wedding is barely a month away!). Start picking out your tuxes and ball gowns though. The premiere approaches reality with every day.

Anxiously,
Jeff
  

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Word,

Well, I'll just come right out and say it: version 4 of the movie is complete. This is the version with the full soundtrack. Yes, it's done and ready to be slapped on a DVD for a final tweak viewing session. Of course, that's easier said than done, since I want to learn my new DVD authoring software (Adobe Encore) for this run. May as well learn it now, since it's the software I'm going to use for the actual version of the movie we will be selling (complete with commentary track and subtitles). Just have to come up with some cool looking menu art, maybe some background music, and it's ready to go. Once I learn the ins and outs of Encore, that is.

Also, there are 3 film festivals with entry deadlines coming up that I want to get a DVD to. They are: the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the DC Underground Film Festival, and the Planet Ant Film Festival. All have deadlines before the wedding (May 15), so I'm going to try to get a serviceable version of the DVD ready to send to them. And then the fun can begin!

Again, also stay tuned for news as plans for the premiere begin to take shape.

Sleepily,
Jeff
  

 


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