I was recently a guest on the Will Rogers Memorial Museum’s podcast ‘Bacon, Beans, and Limousines’. I got to talk quite a bit about The Verdigris…click on the picture below to check it out:
(Shoulda posted this here on the blog back at the beginning of the year…adding it now for posterity!)
Hello supporters, it’s the last day of 2013 and it’s high time for an update. I greatly appreciate everyone’s patience with me and the others involved in bringing this project to fruition, and I feel confident that the hard work will show.
I’ve said it several times before, but the film is in the final stages of editing. We’ve watched and revised a cut of the film several times, each time noticing additional scenes we needed to shoot, voiceovers to record, interviews to track down, title sequences to animate, archival footage to include, etc. The latest cut from our editor is due at the end of January, and we are hopeful that after that we will only have minor tweaks to make before arriving at the final edit. After that, we will send the film off for color correction and sound editing. We were hopeful at one point to be able to submit for several festivals this past fall but as the deadlines for submission approached we felt the film just wasn’t ready. We feel much more confident about the film having allowed ourselves this extra time.
As for the album, it is also scheduled to be finished at the end of January. I won’t say who just yet but the album will feature a few appearances by some cool special guests. All told there have been some 20+ songs recorded. We will start making decisions soon as to which make the album, which may go on an EP, and which may go on a possibly 2nd (?!) album.
So where does that leave everything? A lot will depend on how the festival submission process goes this coming year. Depending on if, when and where those happen, we will be able to let you know about the film premiere. And that will in turn influence when we decide to release the album – we will want to coordinate the two so as to have maximum potential!
I know its been a long time since the fundraising was completed, and I want to say again how grateful we are for your contribution to our campaign. I know everyone appreciates the time and coordination that were required to make this film and album happen. And I am looking forward so much to having your rewards ready to send out.
If anyone has any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to write.
I will be doing one more Verdigris preview/fundraiser concert in a few weeks, this time at the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore during the annual Will Rogers Fly-In. The record and movie are 90% complete, and we could use just a little more funding to push us across the finish line. I look forward to performing the songs in a solo setting one more time before the record comes out and we perform with a full band…so please consider coming out on August 17th.
And if you’re so inclined, here is the Facebook invite page.
Updating from Barrow, AK. Sporadic internet access but we have been met with the kindest people and good fortune. We’ve had a few genuinely scary moments so far, but all are safe. I think we have a film shaping up.
Hey everyone, it’s high time for an update on The Verdigris…
First I want to say thanks again to all who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign. Not all Kickstarter campaigns are successful. So please know we don’t take your support for granted!
Since the campaign ended a lot has happened. Progress has been made on the actual ‘Verdigris’ studio album, but we have also been shooting scenes in California, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Two of the major remaining scenes to shoot are on opposite sides of the country and have proven to be very challenging to organize – the scene atop the New Amsterdam Theater in NYC and the scene at the crash site in Barrow, Alaska. While we are still working on the logistics for the NYC trip, I’m happy to say we are booked to visit Barrow, AK this September 7-14. This is very exciting for us, we’ve been preparing for this trip for a long time.
We couldn’t have shot all our scenes so far without your support, and yet after our trip to Alaska we will soon be looking for more help to edit and promote the film. So to that end, we have set up a paypal donation tab. Feel free to pass this link along to anyone who maybe hasn’t seen our campaign but would still like to help.