OK, the artist is back from vacation, I’m back from vacation, I’ve recovered from the vacation (still suffering from some weird health issue that is apparently not cardiac related, at least according to my ‘nuclear stress test’) and last night actually stopped dilly dallying. I figured, hey, I can create the DVD/Blu-ray disk images without any disks, burners, cases or labels, so stop procrastinating.
Except then I either couldn’t install the software I’d earlier selected or it was so unuser friendly to be useless to me, so a couple of hours of frustration later I finally gave up on my cherished Linux. It would appear that the Linux community attaches no value to disks, so won’t collectively lift a finger to make decent software. I even got so desperate to search again for authoring services and was briefly encouraged when I found one that would do it for $99. Except when I read the fine print I realized to get the final product I needed I was back to $350-400.
I’m going to try one last thing. My wife has a Windows laptop and I’m going to try the authoring software there and see what happens. I sure hope that works, I’m running out of options and have no idea what to do next.
On a totally unrelated note: several relatives have recently watched Treasure Hunt. At first I was quite encouraged by their interest, until I started to hear them talk amongst themselves. It seems they spent the majority of the movie eagerly trying to guess which house each scene was filmed in rather than the actual story or plot, so the little confidence that I got when I heard they enjoyed it was dashed.
That being said, a very critical friend of mine has been pushing me to consider the effort to sell the movie. He’s convinced it has a relatively easy audience, since it is about college students, treasure hunts and Civil War. While I’ve pretty much decided to base that final decision on the results of the festivals I applied to, I did give the idea some thought. The first biggest issue is I’ve been lazy and not got releases from all the actors, musicians and locations. In principle, those are easy things to fix, are ‘free’ in that it just takes effort on my part, and are highly likely to be granted without any issue. The second biggest issue is I lack confidence in my editing ability and would really like to have the flick re-edited by a professional. That, though, takes money. Money I’m reluctant to put in myself, let alone my decision-making boss. I have toyed with the idea of trying to find an editor that would take the work on with compensation through any sales that result, but am not convinced I could find a suitably qualified person to do the work on that gamble.
Indecision, it’s a terrible thing…