To explain my absence -- when I made the final editing push on EUROCRIME! (that is, starting over as an HD project in Final Cut, after it had begun as an SD project in Premiere), I had to cut out a lot of web activity, so I limited myself to only email and Facebook. But I hope you've been keeping with the doc on Facebook, as it has its own page over there. www.facebook.com/eurocrime
We have a 2 1/4-hr cut that's finished except for final audio mix and color correction, which should be done in December. It'll probably need to be cut down further for broadcast, but I want to get this cut finalized and preserved, as I hope it will be the extended DVD version. Part of the reason it took so long is that I refused to let this be a talking-head documentary, and so I spent tons of hours creating graphics. These frame caps below should give you and idea about that. Most of the graphics are animated, and they sometimes factor into scene transitions, etc, so I hope the doc will have a unique feel and energy.
There's also a frame cap below from Chad Kaplan's animation. Many people told us they had behind-the-scenes photos and such, but in the end, few came through. Luckily, Chad was up to the task of animating some on-set stories, completely as a favor, so he's earned my undying gratitude.
We just spent the first part of the Kickstarter money paying for a lawyer here in the U.S. who will determine what clip use counts as Fair Use. Then we hope we'll be able to afford to license whatever clips are leftover. When filling out the clip log for the lawyer, my blood runs cold -- I hope I didn't use too many!
We've been getting selected for international film festivals, but we've had to turn them down, as we have yet to have a big, U.S.-based festival world premiere, something that's basically necessary to ensure a successful festival run where I don't have to spend money (money I don't have) on entry fees for later festivals. The doc has a producer's rep, who liked the doc well enough to waive his fees.
I spent so much unpaid time on this project that it has financially ruined me (I began this project in my living room, and I finished it in the upstairs of my fiance's parents' house, where I now live). But I'm very proud of the finished product and of the fact that I was willing to see it through to the end. Whatever you think of it when you see it, I know you'll see the MASSIVE amount of work that went into it.
I'm in major catch-up mode, trying to get my life back on track. So I don't know how much I'll be back on webboards until that happens. But come visit the Facebook page, and ask whatever questions you have there.
Thanks as always, for your support and interest....