Technical Difficulties

cinemaIt wouldn't be an indie film and it certainly wouldn't be this movie if there weren't a few minor hiccups as we inch forward towards our premiere. For those of you curious as to what sort of tiny details can suck up a whole weekend of work keep reading. Back in September when we "finished" the film, we laid the final picture and audio onto an HDCAM SR. An HDCAM SR is basically a super high-resolution digital video tape from which all subsequent screeners (DVD, Blu-ray, etc) are reproduced. Naturally, that should mean we were ready to go once we received an invite from a festival. Not so fast...

For Santa Barbara, we could have easily and seamlessly created an HDCAM from the original and screened it there, but sadly that would have meant that we'd only be able to screen in stereo audio. Basically, it would have sounded like a really loud TV. We don't want that. Especially, as Josh Berger and post team went to such great lengths to do a Dolby 5.1 sound mix (which sounds like a movie should, in surround sound). To screen in Dolby, we would have to create a DCP. Now, a DCP is a  is a collection of digital files used to store and project a movie at a high quality of picture and sound. Easy shmeezy right? Not so fast...

DCP

Getting together a DCP is expensive. It is a drive with a proprietary key that permits a projectionist to show the film. Making that takes knowhow, which means a serious post-production house must do it, which means that takes money, which means we are $#!& out of luck.

Enter Jesse Ozeri. Hustler extraordinaire. As Ryan and Garrett called everyone on both coasts to get the lowest quote possible, Jesse called everyone on both coasts  scraping together some funds (Kickstarter-style). In the end, everyone came through! Not so fast...

As a favor for some free services, we promised a certain company a logo in the final credits. That's fairly easy to drop in there, but apparently not free. Ultimately, it's getting done and it's getting paid for and no one is going into debt...that much.

The DCP should be ready to review on Friday with a screening at Deluxe post house in NYC. Everyone but me will be there, which is probably for the best because I'm sure I'd find some issue with it and create more trouble than it's worth. After the screening, it will be shipped off to the festival and we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

Not so fast...