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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Where can I see your little film?

Most major festivals require a "first screening," so showings in the next year will be few, and invite only.

If your interested, and in the bay area, leave a note and we'll try and arrange a showing.

In the can?

The film is finished!

In so much as it's festival ready.
I sent it to Cannes, but as you can tell it wasn't accepted (along with many new auteurs not making it to the finals).

A copy is in Toronto for TIFF, and another in Venice for the Venice Film Festival. We'll hopefully hear back late Summer.

Most festivals appear to not accept blu-ray, so I'm still trying to compile a high-def version that will fly with the bulk of festival requirements.
Likely HD-Cam, (but surround sound becomes an issue).

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hi-Def? That could mean a lot of things.

If the film is accepted at Cannes, they'll require either a 35MM Print, or a Hi-def version. But what exactly is Hi-def?
As recently as last year, this might have included DS tape, but with the advent of Blu-ray the quality could be much higher.
Our film with uncompressed 5.1 surround stems could weigh in at nearly 70Gigs. So the research into how to best compress the "Hi-def" version of the film begins, and I welcome your thoughts and comments.

The first tests burning Blu-ray content to a standard DVD-5 yielded some nice results. Using the just released Toast 10, I managed to fit several 2 minute clips that played smoothly, albeit with odd aspect ratios. Menu authoring in Toast is pretty poor at this point, a little worse then DVD Studio Pro, and I'm not much in the mood to build the menu in Motion and then import some snazzy graphics into DVD Studio Pro.
Luckily, our 7 minute film should fit on a standard DVD-R, but I have yet to add the surround stems. I'm also not clear whether Cannes will accept a DVD-5 authored Blu-ray?

Oddly enough, video post services in the bay area don't appear to work with Blu-ray yet. I've yet to explore Los Angeles...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

My high school French tells me Cannes received the film.

Monsieur / Madame Jesse BRODKEY

Nous avons bien reçu votre film RUNG

La conférence de presse annonçant les films sélectionnés pour le Festival de Cannes se déroule durant la seconde quinzaine d’avril.

Si votre film est sélectionné pour le Festival de Cannes, vous serez prévenu avant cette date.

Nous essayerons dans la mesure du possible de donner des réponses à tous les candidats avant la conférence de presse.


Festival de Cannes

Département Films

Sunday, January 4, 2009

DVD cover by Yael Braha

I simply cropped a few screenshots and wrote a little synopsis, but here's what Yael tastefully threw together between meetings and deadlines for her own film "24 Hours of LeMons."