I believe I’ve got all the editing issues worked out wrt getting Treasure Hunt all wrapped up. I have the sound synced properly and found a way to preserve the DP’s original image quality. I’ve got some music back from the composer and am working on placing it where I think it will add to the experience. I really hope to have this completely wrapped up in the next couple of weeks.
My next task is to revamp the trailer and render it also in high quality. Not dramatic changes, but there will be a number. The bigger thing is to get the high quality render so when it gets downloaded from Youtube it doesn’t look like crap.
Then I get to start on figuring out how to get everything ready for the crowdfunding donors. For a while I thought I’d see if I could figure out how to burn the DVD and Blurays myself, but I think there are too many edge cases and it will be better to hire professionals. I need to get a place to host the electronic version as well. Vimeo seems like the best place as I can control who has access to it while Youtube doesn’t give that ability.
Then starts the search for which festivals to submit to and when. Based on my research, there’s very little value in sending in a flick just before the deadline – most of the decisions are already made. Instead, it seems the best approach is to submit within the first week, ideally as soon as submissions open, which may mean waiting a year for some to roll around again.
I started writing the first draft of the script February 25th of last year (that’d be 2018, for you looking at this in the far distant future). In less than a month I’ll have spent a year on this project. Hopefully I’ll look back on it in a few years with a warm glow of pride, but right now it’s just one big blob of color and I have trouble rewatching things for what seems like the 100th time.