The short film I produced earlier this year was selected for the 2013 NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL!
I blogged about it about five months ago, just after our kickstarter-funded production wrapped. The writer, director, and editor, Gus Péwé, is just finishing up the final cut to send it off.
In all honestly, we weren’t expecting to have a final cut until Spring 2014. You have to understand, this movie is like none other. One of the characters in this 20 minute film, is completely rotoscoped. Frame-by-frame animation had to be done. It’s a total pain in the ass. Just ask Gus.
To make things easier, I purchased Gus a Wacom Tablet, along with a carpel tunnel wrist guard. The past month has been long and tedious for him. I commend his endurance and drive.
So a trip to New Orleans should ease all the pain…
Our big plan was to take our time to finish the cut, and complete the animations. We would then work the film festival circuit, and try to build a platform for the film. Then we would release it online. From here, we would seek out funding for our next film — a feature Gus is currently writing.
But, we released a short teaser trailer this summer. Actually two of them. The second one was more revealing than the first. This is when Gus received a message from the director of the New Orleans Film Festival. He he had watched the trailer and was very excited to see the final cut. He also expressed interest in the possibility of showing the film in this year’s festival. See, another short Gus made, This Vacuum is Too Loud, was shown there last year. So Gus knows it is a great festival.
Gus uploaded a very ROUGH cut of Same Ghost. He sent it over to the director along with an access password.
A couple days later, Gus received a message.
The film was selected and, according to him, everyone at New Orleans was very excited to screen such an original movie.
Despite unedited sound, and animation that wasn’t even close to being done, the film was selected. A deadline was set, and Gus got to work.
The NOFF staff saw what Gus and I saw when we filmed this movie: an original piece of work.
We are honored to premiere the movie at New Orleans this October.
We just recently purchased train tickets to New Orleans (I don’t fly). We are ecstatic about the trip. We are forever grateful for those who donated to our Kickstarter campaign, to those who helped make this possible and most of all, the support we have received from NOFF, and our family and friends.
Today, we are looking forward to what the future holds.
Be sure to check out the trailer here.