It's funny.. by my "title" I'm a writer, director and a producer. But everyday when I wake up, I'm just me. But I can't help but get a nerd-boner when I see a blank space in front of me just waiting to be filled with words (hence where the writer part of me comes in).
I can only imagine that it's what a painter feels like when standing in front of a blank canvas. Freedom. Freedom of expression. Freedom to do what they want. Freedom to create. That's why I wanted to take up this blog. To express. To say what I want. To create a place for me to do it.. and I'm glad I did.
Today we finished mixing MADISON COUNTY.. and I had mixed feelings about it. For those of you who aren't familiar, when you're mixing a movie you're basically putting all the music and sound design that you've been building for your movie on top of the picture and it's essentially a finished film. Sitting back and watching Madison for the first time as a finished film was amazing. It was everything I could have ever wanted. Everything I could have ever hoped for. It was my first "official" feature film.
Daniel, Ace, and I all kind of felt like proud fathers. We watched our film and all gave our thoughts and shared stories and opinions. I couldn't stop thinking about what everyone would think of it. How it would be received. I mean, this is the final film. This is the MADISON COUNTY that everyone is going to see. Everyone that wants the poster or saw the trailer is going to end up watching THIS movie that I WROTE and WE MADE. It's kind of surreal. There's no magic behind it. You don't close your eyes and suddenly a movie appears. It takes a lot of work and you have to pray that it's good enough and people like it. But I'm not worried about that because I'm proud of myself, and my team. We did it.
However, along with all that pride did come some disappointment. Not with the film itself, or anyone involved, but the end of the process. This film has been consuming my immediate life for the last 10 months, and it's been living in my head for the last several years. To see it finally all come together as one was bittersweet to say the least. It's now "finished". As finished as my time and our money can allow it to be. Is it perfect? No. There are tons of things I would love to change about the movie, but that's why I love it. Making a movie isn't about perfection. It's about getting as close to perfection as you can with what you have at that particular moment in time.
There are tons of great films that are coming out this year. Several of them were at SXSW just a few days ago. Films like INSIDIOUS and THE INNKEEPERS. Films from filmmakers that I admire and I respect and films that I WANT to support! And then there's my film.. It's coming out this year too. It will be seen with films like these at festivals and theaters and on DVD shelves. I'm honored. I'm humbled. And I'm excited!
By the way.. let's talk about THE INNKEEPERS for a second. Not only does this look to be another great classic from TI WEST, but the posters are AMAZING! I'm glad someone is bringing back the old school/classic style. I'd kill to have a poster like this for my flicks! Keep an eye out on this artist and his work-- I have a feeling you're going to be seeing A LOT of it in the coming years!
ARTWORK BY THE DUDE DESIGNS!
I don't like my horror like porn. The kill is not the money shot. The kill is the punctuation at the end of the sentence.. which is the story. Like Ti, I'm a huge fan of contrast in my films. You're not going to be shocked or scared until you feel safe and care about the people you're watching in a film. I have a feeling that MC is going to divide it's audience. Some will love it and some will hate it. But at the end of the day.. you can't say it's not a damn good movie.
So-- as I was saying (I'm a tangent guy if you haven't noticed), my producers and I are looking to do great things with Madison. We've already been making a lot of noise and we plan to make even more. We've been contacted by distributors and several theater chains about putting the movie in cinemas-- and that's what we intend to do! We want to bring the movie to a theater near you as soon as possible! But we have to know where to send it. So please, continue to make noise and demand to see the movie! Tell everyone you can to DEMAND to see this movie and all the movies I've mentioned. We need more films like these in theaters if we want to continue to get GOOD QUALITY movies at the theater!
As for what's next? Well.. a lot, actually. I've been blessed enough lately to meet some amazing producers, managers, agents, etc and have got some really exciting things in the works. If you didn't already know, I'm leaving next week to shoot my next film ROADSIDE. After that, it'll be full steam ahead on post-production for that, getting Madison out to festivals and theaters and working on a super secret project that I can't talk about just yet. But let's just say it will be a love letter to one of my favorite eras of cinema. I'm working with a really talented and productive producer and I'm stoked to get to work on the script!
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