Promo posters, postcards and possibilities

I’ve been wanting to get promo posters done and dusted for a while now, so that I can get postcards printed. Postcards are fantastic for low-budget movies; spend a couple hundred quid and you can get 5,000 full colour postcards with loads of info and a cool looking poster on each one. We’ve still got a few of the TrashHouse ones. They were the best investment ever. The idea is simple; every time you send correspondence to anyone regarding the movies, stick some postcards in the envelope. Every time you need to publicise a screening, send out postcards. Postcards, postcards, postcards, so that everyone knows the name, the slogan and the poster image. Postcards rock, but before I can get the postcards printed, I need to decide on a poster image.

And that’s what I’m having trouble with.

Several of the guys who used to write for with me have been helping me by coming up with designs, and I’ve been messing around with a couple of my own. I just can’t make up my mind at the moment. And until I can make up my mind, I can’t get the postcards.

I’m going to look through the options one more time.

Doing the trailer tango

First up, I claimed at the end of the Hellbride shoot that my lovely cast and crew drenched me in fake blood. Many might believe that such a wonderful bunch of folks wouldn’t be capable of such a dirty deed, so I thought you might like evidence.

Second up is the matter of trailers. I’ve been editing like crazy to try and get a trailer for each flick ready for next Friday’s combined wrap party. I wish I could post these efforts online, but my marketing gurus advise me ‘not yet, not yet, you impatient youngling’. Because marketing gurus all talk like rejects from The Dark Crystal.

Spent last week in Italy, relaxing and recuperating before the real meat of post-production begins. Italy was gorgeous; first time I’ve been, and I don’t think it’ll be the last. Been sorting out a few bits of paperwork that have accrued in my absence, but I’d really better get back to that pesky edit now.

Wrapped up

Like a Christmas present.

Digital technology being what it is, I’ve already been able to cobble together and view a first assembly of KK. First assemblies, for those who’ve never seen one, are the part of the filmmaking process where the director claps his hands over his mouth, screams silently and weeps that he’s made a piece of shit. It is the worst a movie can look; cobbled together with no care or attention, no sound mixing, no special effects, just one scene after another – Bang, bang, bang. It’s really just meant to give an idea of how the thing is shaping up in terms of running time and pacing, and it’s usually horribly depressing. I barely spoke for days after the TrashHouse first assembly. I just couldn’t believe that there was a film in that wreckage.

The KK first assembly played better than I could have dared hoped. It actually made me happy rather than making me depressed. If Hellbride slots together even a fraction as well, then the next few months might be rather more fun than they have any right to be.

Redesigned today, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Tomorrow we wrap…

The asylum’s already a distant memory, the footage has mostly been digitised and tomorrow we wrap. How bizarre. Got nice and drunk last night on the basis that I could lie in today, but didn’t manage to lie in because my body is still geared for getting up by 5am.

Finding it slightly difficult to contain my enthusiasm regarding KK and HB, and am trying to keep my ego in check. I’m not used to feeling quite this proud of myself, and I hope it doesn’t keep spilling out of my mouth sounding like ego-wanking. I’m trying to resist the temptation to post any more images up at the moment too, so that I can offer exclusives to sites and magazines, but dammit it’s tough.

Dozens of hours of HD footage mean that my ass-kicking editing m0nster of a Mac is filling up alarmingly quickly..