Hello! This is a screening alert. On April 2 we will be up in the Pacific Northwest and throwing an exclusive private screening of ONE MORE SHOT at SIFF in Seattle. We're humbled and proud to be a part of the kickoff weekend of The ART of Infertility in Seattle. So tell your friends, tell your neighbors, and come on down and watch this film we worked so hard on. And bring a tissue. A Q&A session will take place following the film. Click on the link for ticket info. Do it!
Thanks for stopping by. You can now see all the latest episodes of ONE MORE Talk on the main film page here on the website (right below that lovely trailer). You'll get insight from the filmmakers about making the film, the importance of the topics and issues, and unique insight in how challenging it can be to make a film you're in when you're the main characters.
Check out the first in a series of talks with the filmmakers from ONE MORE SHOT. We call it ONE MORE Talk. Get it?! Learn more about what it took to put this film together and the challenges of making a film on a micro budget in difficult personal circumstances. So check these out and if you haven't already, please join the mailing list as we'll have exclusive clips just for subscribers.
In episode 1, producer/DP/friend Gabriel Peters-Lazaro talks about the challenges and benefits of being behind the camera during some of the most intense moments of Maya and Noah's life and how their friendship played a role.
The movie's done. Wrapped. In the can. Fin. Let's crack a beer, trade high fives, and take a breath.
The end of a project often brings with it a mix of emotions. I'm a freelance producer so I reach the end of a project a couple times a year. On my last day of a project I usually end up playing an old favorite song and screaming it at the top of my lungs as I drive out of the parking lot. Last night I picked up a drive with the final copy of ONE MORE SHOT on it. I played - no surprise - "Alive" by Pearl Jam (a live version from a show I saw with my brother back in 2000). Volume up, windows down, screaming a 25+ year old song into the Hollywood night. And it felt great.
So after taking a moment to enjoy finishing the film, I'm now on to what's next. And here's what that looks like: we've partnered with Preferred Content to help us try to sell this bad boy. They specialize in finding good homes and partners for documentaries. They're awesome. Up first, we're going to try to get this bad boy into some festivals and have it get in front of some eye balls and hopefully somebody will want to buy it and distribute it. I'll let you know if we end up in some awesome festival or not and if that turns into anything. Bottom line, though, you're going to be able to see this some how, some way in the near future. Maybe it'll be on a major network and we'll get billboards along Hollywood Blvd and blah blah blah pie in the sky stuff. Or maybe I'll end up putting it on Vimeo or iTunes and it'll be there, in the world, whenever people are ready for it. Whatever happens, I'll just be glad people will be able to watch this.
I'm so proud of our team. We made a movie! A small one but it's still a real movie (whatever that means). And we had a small team. Like very small. As in we wouldn't have enough people to field a company softball team. And if we had a company basketball team we'd have a very shallow bench. Small team. But everybody worked their asses off. Everybody on this production is a professional. And they all did this project for much, much less than they normally get paid. Some of them even worked for free. For years. These are good people and I'm endlessly thankful and grateful for the work, hours, and brain power they put into this thing.
That's it for now. I'll get into everything a little deeper for our friends on the mailing list. If you haven't signed up, you can do it here. Do it. Thanks for keeping tabs on us. We'll be rolling out some other goodies in the coming days so stay close.
Good morning! I don't have anything major to report. Right now we are doing the first audio review at Ugo Sound in Culver City. They do a lot of docs and indie films. This is where we review the film and discuss how to sweeten the sound and make it really pretty. You'd think by now I would be tired of watching the movie but I still laugh at the same spots and get sad and frustrated at the same moments. It's also interesting to see what the audio engineer reacts to. The "fart on the couch" still plays!
Anyway, here's a picture of my notebook because apparently social media posts get more hits if there's a photo and I can't really give you a good pic of "audio".
This is my current view. This morning I got up early and drove over to Hollywood to begin the online and color review process at a place called Chainsaw (they do everything from Amazing Race to Game of Thrones). Remember a year ago when I was telling you that we were doing a crowdfunding campaign because we wanted this project to look professional? Well that's color correct. And that's today.
I got a little emotional on the drive over here today (no, there's just something in my eye). I'm excited, I'm terrified, I'm inspired, and I'm exhausted. I'll send another update soon with thoughts on this whole thing but I wanted to send you this picture right now, Friday morning, a year after the Indiegogo campaign, four years after we started shooting this thing.
We are so close. It's at that point where you've spent so much time and effort and energy in a project that you take a step back and ask yourself, "Is this it? Did I forget anything? Did I forget everything?"
Last weekend, we grabbed a couple friends and borrowed a theatre at the local film school and watched down the current cut of ONE MORE SHOT. I wouldn't even call it a proper screening, just a watch down on a really big screen. It was equal parts elating and horrifying. I was so excited to finally see the film on a big screen. It gave it such a feeling of legitimacy. This is real! The fact that we invited a couple people who didn't know the whole story or any of the story terrified me a little but it was great to see honest reactions. And to my joy and (slight) surprise, everybody laughed at the right spots, they cried in the right places (people cried!), and they connected with the film.
This week we will finish the edit and then move on to the final color correct and audio mix. It's so exciting. I'm exhausted and sick and starting a new job. But man I'm stoked for this thing to reach the end and I can't wait to begin the next act of this saga and share it with people through festivals and screenings and eventually, hopefully, full-on distribution. So stay close. The end is near but it's feels like the beginning of something.
I don't know much more about Chrissy Teigen than she's funny and cooks and is very active on the Twitter. And I think I met her husband once. I do know that she's had infertility problems. The fact that I know this means Chrissy Teigen is willing to talk about her infertility which, even on a base level of acknowledgement, is a pretty huge thing to do as a celebrity. Scratch that, talking about your infertility woes is big for anybody. She just has a platform with which to do it. So her issues, her losses, her challenges are magnified compared to the rest of us.
Infertility on its own can be an isolating and often shameful experience. Basically, your body - for whatever reason - doesn't work right. That's awful. If your body not working right resulted in a stroke or a limp or a tumor there would be no reason to feel shame. People would understand even if they don't really understand or share the same affliction. But for some reason, when it comes to making a baby, shame enters the picture. I don't know if it is how we view women's bodies (though male factor infertility is nearly as common as female factor) or that sex and sexuality is involved that it makes people uncomfortable to talk about and ultimately keeps them quiet from shame.
Something about infertility keeps people quiet. I am guilty of that. For me, it was easier to make an entire movie about infertility than it was to discuss its frustrations and challenges with friends and family. Movies are really, really hard to make! And yet talking about being sad that you and your partner are having trouble conceiving is even more difficult. Now that that movie is nearly complete, the goal really is to create a dialogue for a medical problem that people are so sensitive and afraid to discuss. So when I was reading the Twitter today and I saw the uproar about Chrissy Teigen having the guts to talk about her infertility, and openly discuss her decisions and hopeful success with IVF, it reminded me both how courageous and vile people can be around the same topic. The difficult decisions around alternative reproductive treatments and technology are often lost on the outside world. Also, dear lord some people are assholes to somebody they've never met before.
See now you got me all serious and genuine. Let's get back to smiling and grinding out the end of this film. Be nice to each other. Be open to the difficulties those in the infertility community have, not just in their losses and grief but in the difficult decisions they must make along the way. And don't reply on every single Twitter feed you come across. That's it. Sorry. I'm done. #hashtag #indiefilm #infertility #youknowsomebodygoingthroughit #leaveChrissyalone
Everything I read about promoting your indie film says you need to be good at social media and apparently social media means hash tags. So #hashtag everything? #infertility #indiefilm #loudnoises!
The part of me that made my first films using actual film and physically cutting the film to edit it way back in the late 90s wants to scream, "Can't I just make a film and not worry about Twitter and Facebook?" And then the more understanding part of me screams, "I get it. And I swear I'm not that old." As somebody who doesn't normally spend a ton of time involved in social media, this part of the filmmaking process has been an education. If you're making a film or pushing your cause, what is your process for connecting and (even more importantly) building your audience while still making sure your project stays your focal point? Would love to hear your thoughts and/or tips.
In other news, we are getting very close to finishing One More Shot. We just got the latest cut of our animations in this morning (they look awesome) and we are doing final edits on the body of the film. Barring any hiccups, we should be able to lock picture in the next week or so. #stoked
I say it in every newsletter and nearly every post but it can't be said loud enough: thank you. Thank you for supporting us. This film has been four years in the making and I can't wait for you to see it. As we get closer to completing it, I'm going to ask you Twitter and Facebook savvy friends to help spread the word. It's a bit ironic that this film centers on a topic - infertility - that many people refuse to talk about and now it's time to shout from the rooftops that we've got a film on the subject that needs to be seen and needs to be discussed.
Happy Saturday! We're getting closer to the finish line. Today we had a producers meeting to watch and discuss the latest cut of ONE MORE SHOT. It's looking so good; we are really excited. Not a dry eye in the house by the end which is impressive considering we've seen (and lived) the film so many times. That's it. Just wanted to say hello.
Good luck to your favorite football team tomorrow. We're already thinking of baseball in this house. #evenyear