Hellyfish Heads West
Before getting into the many updates and announcements, I wanted to assure our Kickstarter investors that the t-shirts and stickers are in the mail!
Erik Loften did an incredible job on the logo design. Rachel Raab and The Soda Shop cranked out the finished goods in less than a week! I would highly recommend her shop for all print and design work.
Let’s see… what else?… oh yeah!…
WE’RE DONE FILMING!!!
That’s right. We… are… wrapped.
Everything that was in the original script?… done.
Cameo kill scenes for our $500 investors?… done.
Extra inserts, b-roll and visual effects assets?… done!
In the past two months we busted our butts to gather footage on the beach, in the ocean, in green screen studios and in an underwater dive tank. Bob Jones, our director of photography, did an outstanding job and we were lucky to have him for the duration of production. We were also lucky to have Mehmet Caglayan as our underwater camera operator and Luke Mahon camera operating on several days. And we could not have done so much without the generous support of Nick Gant and Meddin Studios, who have been the friend of many independent film makers in Savannah. We were blessed to have the help of Savannah’s finest cast and crew, who are among the most talented people I’ve ever worked with. The list of people we need to thank is very very long, and they will all be given their due credit with the release of the final film.
So, now what? Well, there’s editing, sound design, and visual effects (lots of visual effects). The film will be longer than we had originally planned, but it will still be under the 15-minute limit for most short film submissions. We’re taking our time and doing everything we can to make it perfect. Our goal is to have it ready for submission to the SXSW Film Festival Deadline on October 4th, 2012. The film, if it were accepted, would not be shown until March 2013.
Two weeks ago I drove across country to live in Los Angeles where I now pay $13 for a tuna sandwich at lunch. Our editor, Brandon Neslund, and our sound designer, Kevin Lee, will also be out here this summer helping me finish the film. Rob will be assisting remotely from Savannah when he’s not sky diving or kayaking.
IN THE MEDIA
Aside from filming, we’ve also been busy pitching the film to potential investors, and we’ve already found success with the FastPitch Competition 2012.It was a blast watching 3-minute pitches for a wide variety of business ideas that included an exterminator, a Savannah-based food TV show, and a local news aggregator website. We won the student category and a $250 cash prize presented by the Joiner Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory (oh the irony). They even quoted me in the Savannah Morning News!
Keep an eye out for our feature in the upcoming “Life on the Water” issue of Savannah Magazine (July/August). We regaled them with many lascivious behind the scenes stories, so we’ll see what they find fit to print. Check your news stands this summer!
When I migrated West it turns out I wasn’t alone! ABC News reported that jellyfish are on the rise and causing trouble in some interesting places.
And this last one is just downright freaky! CBS News reported a large bag-like creature in the UK with strange appendages and the ability to turn itself inside out.