Feb. 7th, 2008
Spidertron... THE PREMIERE!
Before I say anything about the premiere, I must thank all the people who showed up for it. We love you whoever you are (even if you are family)! Thank you so much for making everyone in the cast and crew feel appreciated. It means a bunch to us, really. Our apologies to all who had to stand or sit on the floor. Thanks for your commitment. You guys rock!
And now, regarding the premiere:
THE PREMIERE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
As implied above, the house was packed! Standing room only! And there were lots of people standing (or sitting on the floor) for the entire film! A few had to be turned away. We were sorry and thrilled at the same time! Thanks to the Bijou for hosting us! Sorry if we overwhelmed you. We hope you shared the excitement we had! We had really no idea how much interest there would be in our little Sci-Fi flick.
I wore the Vexor costume, everyone else at least bathed. We sold quite a few DVD's, I'll have to confirm with Carter the exact numbers, and weather to count all the ones his Mom bought (Thanks Carter's Mom!). We had a blast! I personally want to thank my brother-in-law, Chad Hiatt, for being the #1 standout Spidertron fan! In case you missed it, he was the one with the GIANT Spidertron Way-station HAT(featuring stereo MP3 sound of the Spidertron Theme, and lights! [pictures to follow]). And thanks to Jared and Cassandra, who drove all the way from the Seattle Tacoma area to support us! Those are just two of my personal thank-yous'; the cast and crew were all overcome with thankfulness for friends, family, and even complete strangers who came to see us on the big screen.
It's impossible to know how many people were present that were unconnected to cast and crew, and perhaps it's a moot point since this project was a microcosm of the whole community. I'm sure educators, students, and health-care-workers were all over represented groups in attendance. Perhaps we could get some people related to wood-products involved in the next project, and we would have the whole town show up!
This may be the end of Spidertron the production, but it is only the beginning of Spidertron the movie! We are looking for opportunities for other showings, for those who missed the first one. And of course there's always the DVD! Which leads me to the next phase of Spidertron... marketing! Marketing is as much a part of modern film-making as the camera. True it's not everyones preferred creative outlet, but what would your childhood have been like without Star Wars action figures, a Charlie's Angels t-shirt, and the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack? OK... So not exactly like mine, but who out there doesn't want a Spidertron T-Shirt?! There on the way! And if you would like a DVD, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll tell you the best way to get one until we have the website set up for sales.
Spidertron ROCKS! Thank you all!</h2>
p.s. Anyone with photo's of the event, please share them with us! E-mail us and let us know!
Fasten Your Heads!
Aug. 2nd, 2007
I'm looking for someone with web design knowledge to teach me how to build and maintain a promotional site for a science fiction comedy feature film. I would like someone who could spend approximately 4-8 hours per weekend, Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday showing me how to create a website. I would like to learn HTML, CSS, and some photo editing. I will need a site with sound, video, image gallery, news blog, schedule calendar, and a commerce feature. I have good computer and image manipulation skills in general, I mostly need an assistant to show me how to do what I can't figure out on my own.
When the film is released (Fall 2007) we will be using the website for:
Promoting the film at local events and theaters,
Announcing appearances at science fiction and comic book conventions,
Selling downloaded video,
Selling a boxed DVD,
Selling a soundtrack CD,
Selling T-shirts, Stickers, Etc.
We would like a site that expresses our nerdy enthusiasm with some science fiction flair. This is a great opportunity to get some experience, and publicity of your own. We are enthusiastic, hardworking, fun, generous with praise, and we will proudly and boldly display your logo and eagerly provide references for excellent work. Financial compensation is negotiable. However, most importantly, we are looking for someone who shares our passion for geeky creativity, and vision for a do-it-yourself movie making.
I am a strong proponent of open source software, and would like to learn using free programs such as GIMP, Open Office, Firefox, Jashaka, Blender, Nvu, and such. If you know these programs and are willing to help, please contact me. I would prefer help from someone in the Eugene area, whom I can meet with in person.