Had a disagreement with Wysiwyg over the DVD cover. I didn’t think it was strong enough. Tom said the wholesalers like it, the buyers in Cannes liked it, and people browsing the shops will like it. Since he’s in the business of selling films and I’m not, I have to assume he’s right and I’m wrong.
Yes, the release date has finally been set for AUGUST 14th. Within a couple of weeks, you should be able to pre-order the DVD at play.com.
The Wysiwyg boys got back from Cannes late last night, having won the 24 hour film challenge in just three hours – jammy gits – and handed out several SS screeners. As always with Cannes, the follow-up is the important part, so fingers crossed for some positive results.
Well done to Mike Tucker, who won the Bafta for Visual Effects yesterday along with Red Vision and Gareth Edwards for their work on the BBC 1 documentary Hiroshima.
The Cannes Film Festival started yesterday. I’m not going this year, but Wysiwyg are out there, flying the flag for Soul Searcher and their other movies. Check out their Cannes Video Diaries, presented by their publicist Jonathan Rhodes, at www.wysiwygfilms.com. And let’s hope they come back with a few territories sold for us.
Today I’m 26, but my film is 12. Rated 12 by the British Board of Film Classification, that is. “Contains one use of moderate language [‘bollocks’] and fantasy violence” is the advice to consumers. Thanks to Simon Wyndham for discovering Soul Searcher’s page on the BBFC website, since Wysiwyg hadn’t told me. After all those years of putting fake BBFC logos at the start of my amateur films, how strange it is to finally have the real thing.
I finished the third draft of the script yesterday. I believe the film’s main flaw has now been solved, though I suspect there may be complications I haven’t spotted yet. In the end I kept the whole thing as similar as possible to the previous draft, except for the first act. There are other, smaller issues that need dealing with, but it’s taken a big step in the right direction, I feel.
I received a draft version of the DVD cover last week. It uses the same image that’s on the front page of this site, plus other photos montaged in the background. It needs some work, but it’s cool to see the proper BBFC, DVD and Dolby logos on there, even though they’re just placeholders at the moment. (If you believe the draft cover, the film’s an 18 and the sound’s in mono.)