With festival season opening it’s legs, I’m scrambling to finish 2 films on time. Time for what you might ask? Time for TIFF you dingus. The 2 films in question are Rainbow Connection (a coming of age story about a teenage boy with Down syndrome) and the 3.5 hour epic The Last Pogo Jumps Again (a documentary which features numerous musicians and welfare bums from 1977).
As a side note: Maybe welfare bums was a tad bit harsh. They prefer to be called artists.
Both films are currently being mixed by Mix Master Daniel Pellerin at Theatre D. I sat in on The Last Pogo Jumps Again mixing session yesterday and was amazed at how good it’s gonna sound. Especially since most of the audio was done with an onboard mic. You may not know this but I have a very hot and cold relationship with The Pogo. It’s been a 6 year relationship, the longest I’ve ever had. I must admit, seeing it projected on the big screen and hearing the music up front and in your face brought a smile to my face. It just might be a good movie after all. Tomorrow, I’m sitting in on the final mixing session for Rainbow Connection. Pretty excited!!! It’s a pretty simple design/mix. A lot of diegetic sound and no music, unless you count this…
Next up, colour correction. Not exactly sure what the plan is. I just found out my favourite colourist got laid off. Just might end up being a Klopko living room session. Or maybe we’ll end up at a proper colour correction facility. Isn’t that why I raised all that money online? Vandewater keeps throwing around the name Alter Ego. I’ll look into that. The major benefit of going to a proper colourist is that we’ll hopefully get a few tapes out of it. That’s really where the money goes.
As a side note: I have 3 HD Cam and 5 Digi Beta tapes of Animal Control if anybody is interested in purchasing a copy.
I figure both films will be done by July. At that point it’s full on festival mode. It’ll be this Fall that determines whether the last 6 years has been a waste of time or not. I think Rainbow Connection has a good shot of playing a lot of festivals. I’m not so sure about The Last Pogo Jumps Again. What hurts the Pogo’s chances are 3 things…
A: It’s a 3.5 hour long film about Toronto Punk Rock
B: It’s a 3.5 hour long film about Toronto Punk Rock
C: It’s a 3.5 hour long film about Toronto Punk Rock
Although I do think it is enjoyable, it is pretty specific. It’s about Toronto in the late 1970′s and a bunch of bands that very few people have heard of. I mean how many of you can name a Swollen Members song? With that said, there seems to be people who are looking forward to it…mostly Mike Dent, but still, he counts as a person sometimes. What it has working in its favour is that it’s a film about Toronto. If it’s gonna play any festivals it’ll probably be in Toronto, right? However, I think our chances were better last year. Last year TIFF had a bunch of music docs playing like the Bruce Springstein one and the U2 one. Another thing we got going for us is Colin Brunton, the co-director/co-producer/financier of the project. He’s been able to make a name for himself over the last 35 years in the local film industry. You may have seen such films as Roadkill and Highway 61.
As a side note: I really don’t understand the hype behind those 2 films. Someone please fill me in.
I’m definitely a lot more worried about getting into festivals this time round though. I had no expectations last time because there wasn’t any. Animal Control set the bar pretty high as well. Even as I write this, Animal Control is still in the running to play film festivals. Over 2 years strong. Why the fuck can’t I make any money off it? If there’s any positive reinforcement, Phil Booth said that this year was gonna be a good one for me.
As a side note: For those who don’t know Phil Booth, he’s an astrologer in the East end and Liz Worth’s other boy friend when I can’t afford to buy her Diary Queen. Don’t believe me? Ask Nathaniel Chadwick.
It’s basically the waiting game right now. I’d rather it be Catan but I don’t make the rules. Failing to play film festivals is not really an option. It’ll basically fuck up everything else that I’ve set into motion (ie. working on a feature film of Rainbow Connection). I haven’t heard of any unsuccessful short films that have gone on to be developed into a feature. Have you? Also, I feel there’s a bit of an expectation for Rainbow Connection to succeed, especially after receiving over $7,000 from people online. I’m sure I’ve said this before but doing the festival circuit with Animal Control made me realize that you can’t take it personally when you get rejected. You have no idea what type of films a festival is looking to program that specific year. However, it is an extremely warm feeling when they say yes. Kind of like the feeling I get when I colour correct with Klopko at his place. Either way, you’ll be the first to know…I promise.
As a side note: can someone please program I Spyders.