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Greetings fans and supporters!
I just wanted to provide an update on the film. After a somewhat extended holiday hiatus, we are up and running again and making progress on the project. In January we did some follow-up filming with Cherie, and we’ll be doing the same next week with Evan. The big news is that after a fair amount of anticipation (and procrastination) we’ve taken the plunge into the monumental and ominous process that is editing. With countless hours of footage and an eight page outline we developed at the outset, we’re now putting together the puzzle pieces that will assemble into the film Driven. Instead, in this case it’s kind of like the puzzle pieces are buried in hours and hours of footage that we must sift through, like needles in a digital haystack… and instead of building a puzzle, its more like sculpting or molding clay into a shape we find appealing… with puzzle pieces poking out of it. And, we can’t actually access the haystack, to search for the pieces, until my three year old son goes to bed. It’s pretty much exactly like that, or something.
Once this initial editing process is complete, we’ll be able to make a list of gaps we need to fill. Once we have that list, we’ll be able to completely panic, remind ourselves how far we’ve come already, regain our composure, and carry on with incrementally greater confidence and determination. By then we’ll be knee deep in developing music… but #@&!, lets not worry about music just yet. One step at a time.
In any case, please rest assured that we are moving forward, and I will try to be much better about posting updates as we continue to make progress. Hopefully next time I’ll have some new screenshots for you or something more fun.
Hope everyone is well, and stay tuned!
Thanks for asking, Mike. They are back to work on post-production after a holiday hiatus. I ran into Brian (cinematographer) at the SBCSA board meeting this past weekend; he was getting some extra footage of Cherie. I'm doing my post swim interview next week.
World premiere scheduled for next month in Carpinteria, California.
We are pleased to announce that we have an official release date!!
Driven will premier on October 19th at the Plaza Playhouse Theater in Carpinteria, CA. The event will be a not-for-profit fundraiser to benefit a local swimming related program (details still to be determined).
We are thrilled to be completing this project and to be at a point where we can share this film with the world! We've poured our heart and souls into this film and have strived to make it something that the open water swimming community can be proud of. I daresay, I think we succeeded. This film actually isn't half bad.
What does this premier date mean exactly?
We'll it means we are inviting EVERYONE who cares to travel to Carpinteria, CA to join us for a fantastic evening to watch the film and celebrate it's release.
It also means that (fingers-crossed) we PLAN to have our website updated, upgraded, and running by then for people to purchase DVDs or digital downloads of the film.
If you are a fundraising campaign contributor and we owe you a digital download or DVD copy of the film we will work to get these to you as soon as possible, following the premier. We are hoping to provide a coupon code that people can use to redeem their digital download online immediately. DVDs will likely take 1 - 2 weeks to package and ship.
More details regarding the release will be coming soon. Tickets will be available for pre-purchase and we HIGHLY recommend anyone interested in attending to do so. We will provide you with a way to pre-purchase online AS SOON as its available.
Thank you, Thank you to everyone for your patience and support!
"I never met a shark I didn't like"
Looking forward to the review!
@vvise, you got your DVD already? Where's mine?
First batch of DVDs shipping today to fundraising contributors. My goal is to get all of them out by the end of the weekend. Thanks for your patience! And when you get a chance to watch the film, let us know what you think!!
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