The Ian Report #526 – Missiles Launched!
Jan 2011 11

Some fun news this week! We submitted the film successfully to SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival)- and we’re hopeful they’ll accept it! They have a list of entry criteria, and at this point we alllmooost meet all of it- so we shall see! Oh man. That would be way too fun.

The prequel novel and…

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Dec 2010 30

So the time has come! Phil has filled out all the information, and he’s sending in the film as a submission to SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival)! They’ll accept it for review even with incomplete sound design, so we’re going to give it a shot. Apparently the paperwork was pretty monumental- but! All done now!

More awesome news? A side effect of the submission is that we can finally post the film on IMDB! (they have a thing where you have to be a…

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The Ian Report #524 – Christmastime is Here!
Dec 2010 23

     Is everyone ready for Christmas? I am! Mostly.

     Particularly because Phil McCoy just brought me “Creativity and Energy…

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The Ian Report #523 – Happy Holidays!
Dec 2010 19

I’m working hard to get the last bit of visuals done by January, with a minimum of all the storyboards replaced by Christmas. So far, progress goes well!

Coordinating final pick-up shoots and the like is more tricky–folks schedules aren’t exactly aligning, and it’s been kinda burden for a while now; it’ll be nice when that last shot is in the can.

But right now I’m looking forward to the holidays and the new year. I’m really thankful for the work everyone has done on Project…

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The Ian Report #522 – So! Things move!
Dec 2010 09

Things are happening! I wish more were happening!

We’re working hard to see if we can get everything ready to meet the January Seattle International Film Festival deadline, and it’s an honest unknown at this point! My personal goal is to go through and at the very least make sure all the new storyboards are gone, replaced by final animation, so that when the SIFF folks get it, it’ll effectively look like the finished product. We also have one more shot we have to get if we’re going…

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The Ian Report #521 – Knock Out of the Park Rad Trailers
Dec 2010 02

Cool news of this week? Both Soren Laulainen and Phil Rogan have submitted trailer concepts, and they’re both knock-it-out-of-the-park rad! I admit, I’d always kind of wanted to be the one to come up with a trailer concept (and still might!), but I’ve been warned numerous times that directors shouldn’t make their own trailers, and I think these show why! The recontextualizing and mixing-up of the delivery of the narrative elements and shots is an incredible effort to explain the film in a brief…

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The Ian Report #520 – Be Well!
Nov 2010 25

Whew! What a day! Woke up with a flu (probably!?) so bad I could barely stand. After a process of napping (I calculate 18 hours total) and waking up to get more water, I’m now back to 95% full health (this is an estimate)! Which is good! Because I would like to eat some food on Thanksgiving!

Okay. So awesome thing number one: Half Acre Day is working on writing a song for Project London, and I was able to hear the demo this week. It is crazy…

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The Ian Report #519 – Making Some Noise!
Nov 2010 18

I had a meeting with Mike Meyer today, and we went over all of the first reel listing out all the sound cues and their timecode. It looks like it actually may not be quite as insurmountable a task as I’d thought; a lot of the sounds can be used repeatedly, and the overall number of sounds really isn’t quite as diverse as I’d thought, which is good.

We have picture lock on everything (except… 1 shot), but a few shots are still just temp storyboards and all that, so they’re the…

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Nov 2010 12

So I turned 23 this week. I remember working on this film back when I turned 19. Amazing! We posted a video update that turned out pretty well! Those are a blast to make; I sit in front of a screen and say stuff, and Phil makes it look like I’m a coherent human being, which is fantastic (and difficult!)! We’re selling hats, now, made by Count Gilbert. You can check them out at …

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Nov 2010 04

Last night we recorded some final VO lines from Jen Page over at Ed Walker’s house, and they turned out great! I haven’t seen either of them in a while, so it was a treat. I’m going to start the stylized animation work for the voice over, and then hopefully we’ll have a new finished scene! I just read the new epilogue for the Project London novel, and it blew me away. I’ve enjoyed everything I’d read in it so far, but that ending is awesome! Man! Pretty great stuff. I’m about to go…

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