We started off so strong and ambitious. Enthusiastically posting video blogs on our progress. And with any project of any kind you face delays and blocks. It's how life is. Things change along the way and you have to find ways to adapt and overcome. That's normal.
We faced cast changes. Had to cut some parts and write in new ones. Mainly to fix storyline problems. We ended up cutting scenes and reshooting alot due to that, and to mistakes, the weather, and life in general.
We ended up not being able to use Addy Miller. The schedules just didn't match up. Though we'd love to work with her in the future.
And again with the weather. From dealing with the seriously hot to the seriously cold. It delayed us quite a bit. But we pushed through.
Once I started in post the real work began. My over ambition wanted to attempt FX shots that I'd never done before. I became obsessed with figuring it all out. How do I make this shot happen? How do I make it like it is in my head? And how can I plus it? How can I make it absolutely perfect.
Then life happened. That's when the posts slowed to a stop. And without getting too in-depth I'll sum it up. Me and my wife got separated and decided to get divorced. If you can avoid such a stress I recommend not going through this. The drama, the stress of it, and the pressure I was putting on myself in my work and in finishing the movie was coming down on me. And because of it I ended up getting ill. Hospital visits due to stomach pains and other health problems I don't want to get into was slowing me down. And since the production relied on me entirely, when I slow down, the movie slowed down. It became a struggle to get through post and I definitely didn't want to post updates if it was just going to be about my medical condition or my divorce. I mean what a frickin drag.
Months became years. Slowly I was getting through post and all the fx work. It wasn't until late last year that I was able to fight through the crap and really concentrate on finishing what I started. Getting to a final cut.
I was excited again. I knew for sure we could get this movie all wrapped up by this winter. Did we do it?
Yes and no.
The movie is at a final cut. It is complete visually. I've watched it. And now that I have my full concentration on it I realize that my work on the sound portion of it is not up to par. My problem is I take on everything and I have trouble asking for help. I'm a control freak. Even when I'm physically ill and can't do anything, I push people away insisting that I can still do it. And as much as I tried to work on everything at once in post I have to admit that the sound mix needs special attention. Translation, I need help.
Thankfully I was contacted by an old friend who has more experience in sound editing than anyone I know. And although the movie is technically finished, the sound mix goes back to the drawing board. The sound mix is so very important. As my old mentor use to say, people can watch a movie with bad sound then afterward tell you that they thought the lighting was bad. It can effect your movie in ways people don't even realize.
The reveal of R.E.D.D. is on the horizon. I thank everyone who continued to support me and my crew even in those long ass breaks between posts. New emails will be sent out to get updates on everyone's contact info so we can get your perks ad DVD copies.
Still working on the new website which we hope to have up soon.
And again if you haven't yet please go like our new Facebook page.
Some of you had asked why we started a new Facebook. We started the original one back when REDD was just a short film and a concept and now that it has evolved into a full fledged feature film we needed a new Facebook page that better represents what it actually is now.