Thursday, April 20, 2006

Vivent Les "Révélations" - One Year Anniversary!

How could I have missed to post this significant event?
April 16 ( just this past Sunday) marked the
One Year Anniversary of "Revelations"!
Isn't the gift for one year paper? Ok everyone send me money! Come on now in the spirit of the One Year Anniversary.. you don't want to break tradition do you?? :)

Anyway, for the One year anniversary of "Revelations" I am releasing the special eddition, digitally enhanced, director's cut. Now with 4 new added scenes and audio remixed with THX, plus 30 mins of footage! .. Yeah Right!! Not happeing!

One year to that date we premiered the film to a full house of 900 people at the Senator Theatre in Baltimore, MD. And what a night it was! We had people come from all over to support the film, some even driving in from Canada, and then furthest distances, people came in from, Germany, Sweden, and UK.
So on April 16th 2005 "Revelations" was released and now one year latter, was it worth it, did we get anything out of all the 3 years of work, did we learn anything, and where are we now? Yes, and Yes.

For fun here is the original PREMIERE website for the film where you went to get info, tickets and all that jazz one year ago.. would you believe I still have the site files ... ahh the good old days. And be sure to play the "Jawa Hunter" game again!

So I declare the end of March to be Vivent Les "Révélations" Day! So take off work and join the revelation, or something!

Llooking back to that day of the premiere, I have to say I shall never forget it. It's like loosing your virginity the first time, and no matter what you do in the future or where you go, you will always remember your first time. It's magic, it's special, and of course it's nerve-racking leaving you a shaken, frightened, but the good kind, and leaves you just saying "wow, can we do that again!?"
I highly recommend you trying it.. Make a movie and show it off!

Now it is not all easy to premiere a film and especially when you have so many coming, and when you are a small independent film like us and you do it all yourselves. You can't afford to do it any other way. There is a ton to coordinate and I will not even go into the details of that.. Its mind numbing. Just think of coordinating a huge event like a wedding and then double it :)

Though I will tell you one good war story. The night before the premiere I went to the theatre to insure the picture looked good on screen, that the sound was set right and that everything would look, and sound as it should. Well, one of the problems was that we are presenting the film on a digital projector, which is great, but the film is a DVD, and it was burned by myself, at home. Now as you might know some DVD players can play all DVDs and some can not, and some are just finicky, well the Senator Theatre's DVD player did not like my disk, so half way through the viewing the picture just goes dead.

I am sitting next to the owner of the theatre and give him a look. He grabs the walkie-talkie he has to communicate to the projection booth “What the hell happened!" he yells.

The projectionist we hear relays back "I don't know, it just stopped playing"

Long story short it was not a good thing and I was concerned. Now I had two DVDs with me, one was a special version I made for theater projection, and the other was just for regular TV viewing. The regular TV viewing disk played fine, but just doesn't look at good on the big screen. So what happened is my wife, co-producer, and writer of the film, throws me in the car and drives me back home to create a new DVD theatre release disk (a 2 hour drive one way back to our house) Now at this point I have not had any sleep for about 48 hrs already because of all the things that have to be done. But After many tests and so forth I burn a new DVD, watch the whole film on my DVD player at home and insure that it plays seamlessly (that took a few hours) So then I take my DVD player and the new disk and after waking my wife up " Come on, I’m done, let's get back to Baltimore" we then drive back.

Because of all the events and things I have to do the next day I can not get to the theatre to test run this new disk and my player to make sure it's all good, so I call my DP, Jack Foley, and ask him to do it. This was a huge inconvenience for him, but he did it, and it gave me a great piece of mind. Thank you Jack! So in the end it all worked out :)

But the Premiere.. Wow. We had some many supporters and great friends there and it was just an honor to share it with all of them. There are so many people who made "Revelations" possible, and to this day I do not forget it and consider many of them like my family and friends!
My wonderful cast .. Gina, Frank, Holland, and great back up crew and support like my wife, Sarah (you rock), Jack, Sean, Kathi, the many many extras, my brother in the 501st and Ghetto Garrison, on and on.. Thank you all for everything!

My CG team is comprised of artists from around the world, and none of us had really met till the premiere event, as I coordinated all post FX for the film via the internet and phone calls. But most of them all came to Baltimore, MD to partake in this huge accomplishment and event.
We did it and to hell with the nah sayers (as you will find there are a lot of them out there!)
Thank you guys for all the awesome hard work!!

So in the spirit of the "Revelations" One Year Anniversary I present to your the Premiere Event footage, special courtesy of "Inside-Report" who flew all the way from the UK just to cover the event, and also Zap's own video footage of his trip to the premiere and I think me in my underwear (imagine that! .. Damn I am one white Pollock)
Day One
Day Two
Premiere Day (80 MB QT)

So, one year later and what has happened. Well, we got a good deal of press as you might know on CNN, CBS, MSNBC, USA Today, LA Times, Washington post, Knight Ridder, BBC, Tech TV, CBC, Intel, Adobe and various magazines and internet articles around the world. Not bad and still today we get a few press releases and coverage such as the one Channel 5 "The Gadget Show" in the UK did last week., and it's a year latter. I am amazed and greatly appreciative to the kind support and interest.. I really am.
I also got to visit ILM, and have lunch at Skywalker Ranch (a huge honor and thrill for me)
and we have won a few awards in the last year for our film.

What has it gotten me? In terms of financial return, nothing, but that is not why me made the film in the first place. If you think about the experience, the exposure, the wonderful people I have met and what we have done.. I would have to say the time and investment was well worth it. It still hurts my pocket book and my children's chances of going to college, but what can you do .. I had to do it and try. That said, other the year I have gotten a few emails and phone calls. Some from small studios and producers, who are really looking to dangle a carrot in front of my face and say "If you do this for us, perhaps we can get you something better" when really what they want is for me to do something for them like "Revelations" on the cheap and quick. I don't do that, and I am not that desperate! I have had a few small agents and managers call to perhaps represent me, but they were not from the big rep houses such as William Morris, and the idea of agent from some mom and pop place made me nervous and actually a bit scared of success. (By the way Success can kill you as much as Failure and you need to be prepared for both. If you are not prepared for success you can just as easy lose if your not ready) I don't think I was ready, as I didn’t expect that big of a reception.

I am not sure even now I am ready and as I said success does scare me some. I like security, who doesn't, but I have a family to support and the big bad unknown of the industry, the big studios and the suits are scary as hell. If I was young and single again, hell yeah, but now, I am not willing to throw my pecker on the line to have it get ridden over and crush just for some fat cat to get rich and hurt me family.
Anyway.. What else. It has interested some distributors and they have actually come to us saying "We want to distribute and finance you next film .. Yeah, till you read their terms. Let's get real and call me when you really want to do something and talk is just that talk, and I am a doer and once I say “enough talk" you better be really to roll or I am gone. I do not believe much till I see it in writing or on a check.. It hasn't happened yet.. But a lot of talkers out there.

So yeah, we have HAD a few bites and I am still TALKING with a few, but pretty soon I just might make my own move again if someone doesn't shut up and put up. .. to be blunt :)
I am getting that itch again, as I just about to finish this short film and I am looking ahead.

What have I learned? Hmm, well how not to do things for one, an how to do others, how to improve, and what is it I really want. I have learned and experienced that making a film is a remarkable thing and it's not for everyone, the thing that always baffles me is why so many people want to do it? The funny thing is most of us are just pretenders, but it's the people who really do that make and shake the film world. There really are not that many when you look at it as it's a special breed. I am sure you know some guy who has been working on his film for the last 10 years and all he talks about is his pompous work of art. then finish the damn thing! But he won't.. he is too afraid. Afraid it won't be good enough (it never is pal!) or afraid of how people will judge, or if he fails. by not doing it you can never fail.. I say you do.
But I also learned that people are remarkable and will give their all if you inspire them, lead them and give direction. Most people will follow, but you have to give them a good cause and a good light to follow, and that is tough. I know what is possible and what can be done with very little, again not easy to do.

Where are we now? Still working a 9-5 job, paying the bills :) Actually I got a new job role in my company that I am very pleased about and am now an Avid Instructor teaching clients how to edit and use the Avid software. And "Revelations" DID help me to hand this new role. In the interview process once they saw what I did and was capable of, I think they were impressed.
So still in debit (I will be for quite sometime) continuing to teach and talk about what we did to anyone who is interested, and raise my family.
Though I am still going on the film front and pretty soon you will see something new and we ARE in talks about some other projects, but no more freebies! I can not afford it. I have made some great contacts making "Revelations" and many of which could really help out. We might look to raise our own money with investors for a feature film, or see if the distributors are serious and want to work a deal.. Perhaps a studio is interested in what we are doing. There are things in motion right now, but I am just focused on what I am doing now, finishing the comedy short, working my day job, paying bills, keeping the house work and choirs done as best I can, and paying bills : )

"Revelations" one year later. Would I do it again? Yeah, but it would take some serious persuasion and I really would want to do a better job. Happy Anniversary Team.. Let’s make some more memories and do it again! :)

We shall see

3 comments:

TEET said...

Happy Anniversary Shane, Cast, and Crew!!! I wish to thank all of you for giving us such an excellent film and a new chapter in the Star Wars universe. When you do get the backing for a feature film, Shane, I hope that it's done on YOUR terms.

CaseVandy said...

Happy Anniversary everyone!

I don't care what anyone says. Revelations is one of the best movies I've seen. (I accept paypal for payments, Shane :P)

Seriously... for what you did, with the budget, etc. everytime I watch it (about 50 times now) I'm just impressed by the quality of it.

My wife and I have a little game we play when we watch movies so many times, and i'm sure most do the same, and that is finding errors or inconsistancies in the movies. So far.. I've really haven't found any. Not to say that you couldn't pick them all out, Shane, but, I haven't been able to.

I totally look forward to seeing more projects from you, and I would buy a movie off you. Its a great way to make revenue (sell your product)

My favorite singer from Scotland is called Fish (Derek W. Dick) http://www.the-company.com, he used to be in a band call Marillion. Because of all the 'commercialism' of the recording industry, he didn't want to be told, or changed by the type of music he makes.. so, he broke away from the recording studio and from Marillion, and started his own business. He does well... but what he does, is 'pre' sales his cd's while he is making them. This helps him to create revenue to record, print, and sell his cd's. Then he also does concerts. But most of his revenue is from the cd sales.


That being said, I, for one, would pay for a DVD up front, even if it took a year or two or three for you to make it.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth.

I am honored to have come across your site and be able read and learn more about you, Shane. You have a great team, and I can't wait to see your name on the big screen from Paramount, or Fox, or someone, that says "Directed by Shane Felux"

--Chad

Shane Felux said...

Thanks for the kind regards guys and from me to the entire production team, we thank you for your support!

Chad- I am humbled by your post and that you have watched our film that many times! In terms of mistakes and errors.. anytime you want I'll come over and we can sit with some brews while we get drunk and I can show each and every mistake.
The fun game is you drink every time I point out an error.. you will not be standing by the end of the night LOL

Thanks seriously for your support and I tell you after I finish this short I might get serious and get the itch bad and do something that goes for it. It helps when guys like you back us.. now look and see what you have done.. damn you!

- shane