After our award winning turn at the PollyGrind Film Festival, we came back to Kansas and had a screening at the awesome Boulevard Drive In Theater. It went great and everyone truly seemed to enjoy the film. It does me good to watch it with an audience who “gets it.” After that screening I went back to the editing studio and made a few minor tweaks I had been wanting to make. Things I had on my final tweak list. Each time I would finish an edit, I would go back and watch the film a few times, making notes about things I needed to adjust to get as close as possible to my vision. As I went along, the lists would get shorter and shorter. My final tweak list was based on what kind of emotion or reaction I wanted from both myself and an audience while we watched the film together. There weren’t many things, so I got it done pretty fast.
Now things are really rolling, with another awesome screening scheduled for DEC 6th, 2013 at 7 PM at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kansas City. I truly want this event to be a success so we can also do a similar screening in Austin, TX. If we show them that people will come and see the film, and the buzz gets big enough, they will certainly let us unleash the movie in Texas! Chase and Ryan have been great and very supportive about the film. They gave us a prime slot on a busy day, proving they believe in the movie. We will be showing a couple of special surprises before the actual film, a couple of short subjects, and then it’s on to the HOUSE OF FORBIDDEN SECRETS. There will be a Q&A with the cast, including George Hardy and Allan Kayser – autographed prizes will be given away and much more! This is going to be a great time for sure! The film is finally ready to live on it’s own – everything is done except I am STILL waiting for visual effects from this company that Bryan David has hired – they had an OCT 1st deadline and here it is NOV 1st and still nothing. It is ridiculous and very unprofessional. Guess I have nothing better to do but wait for the effects. I don’t want or need to do a final render or anything. LOL. Other than that setback, and a few loose ends that are causing me some undue stress, all is great. The buzz is starting to build again. It seems like it took so long to get the edit done, people were moving one…. not losing hope, but getting into other projects and such. Most big budget films and many low budget ones may take a year or two, sometimes even three to see release… so in that regard, I think we are not too far off of target.
I have to say that in so many ways, this has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. Sure, there were things that really didn’t need to happen – some stressful politics going on and some ridiculous arguments, things that threw a dark cloud over things at times – but now, being at this point and looking back, those few dark spots are washed over by the good things. I really want to say how the main cast, the “up and coming” stars of tomorrow – Nicole, Brad, Millie, Paxton and of course Antwoine (but he and I go back 18 years of working together) – all brought these characters to life that lived inside my head for so damned long. You all exceeded my expectations and really deserve the recognition here. It is your passion that really jumps at people and brings them into the film. It is you whom the audience has to identify with in order to make our story real, and you do that. And our supporting team of genre icons, the great support from our extras and cameos in the brothel… everyone brought their “A Game” and I really appreciate it!!!
We formed a family together to make this movie happen – to make my words on paper jump to life… but the adventure is just beginning – now we gotta get it into theaters and on video and TV so the world can join us in celebrating this movie! Anyone who can help us get the word out – street team stuff, online promotion, anything you can do to help – please contact us through our official website at http://www.HouseOfForbiddenSecrets.com – you can also contact and join us on Facebook and take 2 minutes and give us a “LIKE” at http://www.facebook.com/houseofforbiddensecrets. We all worked so hard and spent so much of our lives on this – I know for me – almost every single day for a year I have been working on it – please help us by giving a few minutes to the film! Thank you!