Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Friends of "Dog"

Any of you who are tied into any of my social networks, or my email lists, or know me even a little, have probably been bombarded by requests for money over the past few months.  In case anyone has forgotten, in late June, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a short film I wrote and am currently producing.

In a pleasant case of surprise, we wound up (initially) raising $7999.50 (rounded up to $8k by the website).  After fees and a handful of rejected contributions, we had $7050 in the bank with which to make "Dog."  So we started doing just that...

And, on September 7th, principal photography began on the film.  Almost immediately, cost overruns began cropping up (partially do to a poorly prepared, disturbingly under-budgeted preliminary budget), and I soon found myself fronting a lot of my own money to keep the momentum going on the shoot.

Stupid?  Probably.  Worth it?  See for yourself: Production Value Teaser.

As you no doubt noticed, because of these overruns, we had to launch a new Kickstarter campaign to recoup the money I had already spent.  In another pleasant case of surprise, we wound up raising $4198, which ultimately added another $3860 to the account for "Dog."

A grand total of $10910 to spend on the film.  And spend it, we have.  (Well, not all of it... yet).

What's my point?

My point is that I'm absolutely flabbergasted by and in awe of the 101 people who contributed funds to the project.  Like... in awe of.

Here's some factoids concerning the backers:
  • I have no idea who roughly half of them are.  Not only did complete strangers to me give money... complete strangers to EVERYONE INVOLVED in the film gave money.
  • A great deal of support came from the blogging community.  People I know via their words on a computer screen, but probably don't know by face, voice, or even real name.
  • Some support even came from bulletin boards (remember those?).  I used to hang out on science fiction bboards back in the day - much to the chagrin of my ex-girlfriend, who would claim that I was wasting my time - so I tossed a Hail Mary just to see what happened.  So what happened?  A plethora of Facebook likes, shares, and even some cash.
  • As I'm a veteran, I expected a decent amount of contributions from fellow soldiers... I was completely taken aback by how much they actually gave.  If there's ever a reason to join the military... it's the friends you make.
  • Quite a few contributors gave to BOTH campaigns.  Generosity rampant, indeed.
Anyway, given that this is a blog, I'm going to give an extra shout-out to the bloggers who supported my short film.  Do them the honor of giving them a visit.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Speaking of Dogs...

After a two-year separation, I finally got to see my dogs!  I've been missing them something fierce, and given that I had to go get some Army stuff to use as props in my short film, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see them...

Did I mention it's been TWO YEARS???

Was I worried they wouldn't remember me?  To be honest, a little...  In fact, when I first drove up to the place they're staying, Jasper (the German Shepherd) barked and rushed me as if I was an intruder, and Jax (the pointer mix) approached suspiciously.

But then Jax smelled me.

And jumped into my face and licked my nose.

At which point Jasper starting WHINING and tried to lick my face.

It was awesome.  I made my nephew take a lot of photos and videos, but I won't bore you with all of them, so here's a sample:

Starbuck shaking dry after trying to kill some Koi in a pond.

Yes, actually, the first thing the dogs did when I opened the tailgate of my truck was to jump in.  And this after having not left the property - or been in a vehicle - since they were taken there TWO YEARS AGO.


Jasper, Jax, Starbuck

Not sure when it happened, but at some point, Starbuck tried to lead an escape attempt (I shit you not).  I would up having to chase all three dogs through the friggin' Nevada desert.  Good thing it was insanely hot that day... Starbuck gave up earlier than he usually does.

Starbuck's eying some domination...

Jax is, too.

I'm pretty sure I'm petting Jax while Starbuck is cleaning Jasper.

Just like old times...

The boy who started my menagerie.  The king.

Reliving lost moments... or something.

In a bit of a sad moment, as we were leaving, Jax walked up to the front door of the truck and tried to hop in.  He wasn't very aggressive about it, so it's obvious that his memories have faded a bit, but he clearly remembered something about my beat-up pickup.

I go cry now.

Friday, September 14, 2012

"Dog" Wrapped

So, we've finished principal photography on my first short film.  It looks friggin' awesome, but it ran waaaaaaay over-budget.

Check out this 35-second teaser video!  Keep in mind that it's all raw footage.  No color-correction.  No VFX.  No sound mix.  And it still looks friggin' awesome.

If you like what you see, please check out our Kickstarter and donate to our cause!


Also check out our Facebook page (it's public... you do not need a Facebook to see it): http://www.facebook.com/shortpajamas 

I've literally spent every last cent of my savings to cover the cost overruns. I think the film is worth it. I hope you think so, too.