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The Good News (and the Not So Good) - CountrySlickers.com
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The Good News (and the Not So Good)

by on Jun.29, 2009, under General, Metal Sandwich

Greetings All,

Congratulations to all of you on a job well done!  In 48 hours we made a movie that many people never get done in a year or a lifetime no matter how much they desire to.  There are many thoughts and feelings I wish to express, and I shall be doing so on the blog at www.countryslickers.com over the coming days.

First, I wanted to communicate something personally to you before I post it on the blog, and that is this…

Good news is that even in the face of all of the challenges of such an undertaking as a 48 hour film race, our product turned out very well – in fact exceptional from what I have seen.  However, some unfortunate news is that in the post production aspects of achieving excellence, we came down to the wire and then encountered technical problems at the last minute and could not get the final product burned to DVD in time.  In fact, I was 4 minutes late to the drop off.  I am very sorry about this, and felt like crying at the moment, but kept a firm upper lip [pretty much].

This is not the end of the world, but merely a cloud casting a shadow in an isolated part of the plain where otherwise the sun shines so brightly that I must wear shades.

The implications are these:

  • Our movie will still be screened as planned.
  • We are still eligible for the Audience Choice award.
  • We can still submit our movie to festivals.
  • I will still put the movie up on my website (and probably to YouTube as long as there are no SAG prohibitions)
  • We still did an awesome job and should be very proud!
  • We are not eligible the the 48 Hour competition.

So remember this with me, we have an excellent product that might not be in this immediate running, versus a crappy movie that no one would want to see.

here are many "if onlys" that I could play over and over in my head.  But I have resolved to not go there.  (There were 4 teams late with their turn-in).  In fact the guy I handed the paperwork to told me it has happened to him twice; like he said, I have decided to get past it.  And like I always say, life is not for the faint of heart.  So, that is what it is.  <smile>

Again, thank you so much for your passion and drive.  I could not possibly be happier to have gotten to work with each and every one of you.
Stay tuned for upcoming communications regarding posting the movie, photos, and lots of thoughts.

By the way, during post production, Jason and I discussed the movie’s name, and agreed to replace the literary working title of Baine’s Existence with one a little more intriguing.  As such, congratulations in helping create METAL SANDWICH!

Cheers!

Stephen

Stephen H. Dunham
CountrySlickers.com


1 Comment for this entry

  • Stephen

    Directors note: There are lots of places in the production where time could have been saved and a difference made. In no way was I trying to say that it was in editing or any other particular place where the time was “lost”. A 48-hour-type movie making event is a wonderful opportunity to see what you can accomplish. I have no regrets about what I did or with whom I did it. Cheers!

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