Thursday, August 31, 2006

D-Day

I call days like today D-Day, as in "Delivery Day" - the day when I take a finished film, stick it in a padded envelope, and ship it off to a network.

As I dropped Fields of Fear off to the local UPS store this afternoon, I felt a sense of satisfaction with a job well done, at least as far as I'm concerned. We worked on a very tight budget, but we managed to put together a good film, one that I'm happy with.

And when I say "we", I mean we.

Kudos to Fern Belzil, for trusting me with his story. I didn't just get a film - I got a friend who I like and respect, even if I may not agree with him.

Kudos to my brother Jim, who produced the film, and Christine Boss, our production manager. They kept the office running (and, somehow, the budgets more or less balanced) while I was off having fun.

Kudos to Kim McTaggart and John Rosborough for their work over the past two weeks with the video on-line and post-audio work. They're aces in my book, and John also managed to write and perform the soundtrack, which is a cool mix of Johnny Cash and U2 (or something like that).

Kudos to Findlay Muir for more top notch work as DOP. He makes me look good.

Kudos to Charlotte Engel at Space: The Imagination Station for her patience (we went well beyond our original intended delivery date), and her useful suggestions at the rough cut stage, which made for a better film in the end.

Kudos to Breandan and Brian at Wingit Digital - best opening credit sequence I've ever had in a film.

Kudos to Space: The Imagination Station, the Canadian Television Fund, and the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation for believing in the film, and fronting much of the money that financed it (the rest comes from tax credits).

In fact, kudos to everyone involved in the project, from top to bottom, and left to right. The opening credits say "A film by Paul Kimball", and perhaps that's true in some respects (i.e. the story), but at the end of the day filmmaking is truly a collaborative effort, and there's no way I could do what I do without the help and support (often for less money than they should be making) of so many talented and dedicated colleagues... and friends.

Thanks everyone! I hope you like the film, which premieres on Space: The Imagination Station on September 15th, at 10 pm EST, and repeats at 4 am EST on Saturday, September 16th (for you night owls).

Paul Kimball

19 comments:

Mac said...

Congrats! Send me a TV and I'll watch it! :-)

Mac

jezzie said...

Congratulations Paul! Now go take a nap. :o)

The Odd Emperor said...

Hey! Congratulations. I feel the same way every time I send out an MS. Good luck and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Old Gary said...

I think I get around 400 channels but not Space. Am still interested in a DVD if it's for sale.

Paul Kimball said...

Mac:

Well, get a TV. Geez, for a technogeek, not having a TV is just ridiculous! :-)

Paul

Paul Kimball said...

Congratulations Paul! Now go take a nap.

ZZZZZZZZZZZ...

Paul

P.S. Alas, no can do - now moving back to Best Evidence, as well as prep for a classical music doc.

Busy, busy, busy... wouldn't have it any other way. :-)

Paul Kimball said...

I think I get around 400 channels but not Space. Am still interested in a DVD if it's for sale.

OG:

At some point we'll have it on sale, probably with a distrbutor, sometime in 2007.

Paul

Paul Kimball said...

Hey! Congratulations. I feel the same way every time I send out an MS. Good luck and I’m looking forward to seeing it.

TOE:

What - you haven't been turned off by the "I haven't seen it, but I have an axe to grind with Kimball, so it must suck" reviews from the usual suspects (I circular filed them under "irony")? :-)

Paul

Mac said...

Geez, for a technogeek, not having a TV is just ridiculous! :-)

I'm more of a peripheral technogeek; I like thinking about the potential of technology more than actually getting my hands dirty with it!

The Odd Emperor said...

Heh!

Do I have an axe to grind with you? (looking around the palatial Odd Imperial Palace.) Nope, can’t say that I do! I mean, you mock me more than….well you know who and all but—I doubt he’s figured that out yet ;)

Heck, I don't even have one for them!

Paul Kimball said...

Mac:

I have news for you - the TV is not exactly cutting-edge technology anymore. You might want to enter the 21st century... or at least the latter half of the 20th! :-)

Paul

Paul Kimball said...

TOE:

I wasn't referring to you, but to our favourite fans, AL and RL.

Paul

Mac said...

What - you haven't been turned off by the "I haven't seen it, but I have an axe to grind with Kimball, so it must suck" reviews from the usual suspects (I circular filed them under "irony")? :-)

Hey, are these the same guys who enjoy membership in the I Hate Paul Kimball Because He Posts Misogynistic Cheesecake Photos club? ;-)

Ray said...

Paul:

Congratulations on finishing Fields of Fear. Of course, as I have mentioned before, I have been waiting for your post regarding the reunion of your school buddies and the opening of the time capsule. At the same time, I know you have other priorities and so it might take a while. Obviously, posting on this blog doesn't pay the bills for you.

BTW, you didn't bring along a camcorder to the reunion to rough out another documentary, did you? Anyway, I'm a sucker for stories about people who went to a good high school and can remember the fun they had.

Best,

Ray

(A guy who wouldn't mind if a fighter plane flew over his old high school and strafed it with napalm.)

Paul Kimball said...

Mac:

There's a club??

;-)

Paul

jezzie said...

Good job, guys...looks as though you've brought the bear out of hibernation once again.

AL Rebuttal

(Hope the linkage works. I've never tried to do this via comments before.) :o)

Paul Kimball said...

Jezzie:

He monitors my blog on a daily (sometimes an hourly) basis - what can one do? At some point (a point I passed some time ago), you just have to laugh... and laugh... and laugh... and keep laughing, because it's funny.

Sad, but funny. :-)

Paul

jezzie said...

It is kind of funny, isn't it? :o)

Paul Kimball said...

It is kind of funny, isn't it?

My friends certainly think so. Lots of amusement for them. Therein lies the merit. :-)

Paul