It’s hard to believe that 2021 is coming to a close. It has been a whirlwind of a year that started out with lots of filming and editing for the Road to Record documentary project.
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Analog is Not Dead was birthed out of my desire to make it to at least one film festival in 2021 and not have to wait until 2022. We accomplished this at the last minute in May as Chris Colton and I frantically worked on cutting together this short film for the festivals.
By June 15th we had finished and submitted our Analog is Not Dead (AIND) short film to six film festivals and later added another six. As of this writing AIND was selected to five festivals to screen and three declined to show the film. Gig Harbor and Sand Point film festivals were postponed until the fall of 2022 and as far as I know we are still on the schedule. The AIND short premiered at the Snohomish Film Festival in September which turned out to be a virtual screening due to the pandemic.
The Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival in early November 2021 was a really fun experience thanks to festival director Ray Chow for all his hard work. Without my friend John Pogachar, who funded the expenses to get there and back, I would have never made it. Many thanks to you both.
As we get things moving for the New Year, four additional festivals should be contacting us during the first quarter of 2022. Plus we have the September live run at Gig Harbor and Sandpoint with the AIND film. Overall the festival submissions and official selections went way better than I anticipated.
On another production note: Engineer and producer Michael Lewis was kind enough to help us mix the sound for the AIND festival cut along with providing music tracks. Without Him and Tom Hall, the AIND project would have never materialized like it did.
Funding, Book & Potential Short Film
For the most part Analog is Not Dead and Road to Record have been funded in-house, but I want to send out special thanks to Randy Simon and Kevin Boyd. For their contributions were very timely, much appreciated, allowed us to travel to Seattle, and helped with some of the post editing on the AIND short. Every little bit of money counts when it comes to these grassroots/bootstrapped film projects, and I’m grateful to you both for pitching in when you did.
Overall where are we at with the Road to Record documentary project? The bottom line is that the production business took quite a few hits over the past 15 months and this has left us at a crossroads, regrouping and looking for ways to finish it all on a shoestring budget.
The good news is that I’m still plugging away at the book in my spare time and plan to finish and self publish in 2022 regardless of the RTR film being completed. Most of the stories for RTR are shot and in the can, meaning that we could finish at minimum a 15 to 20 minute short within 60 to 70 days once funds have been received. This could then be sent to festivals, potential sponsors, online outlets for viewing and podcasters for promotion. Plus, I’ve already recorded and captured three episodes for the planned Road to Record podcast.
Ideally, to finish the Road to RecordTM doc film, we need to get to Los Angeles to film several engineers and a console manufacturer, plus back to Seattle to film one studio. This equates to raising some additional $$$$ for travel expenses and finish/polish editing for the short version. If all goes well in 2022, we’ll have AIND screening at four film festivals, the RTR book will be published, and the RTR short 15 to 20 minute film will be completed and submitted to at least seven film festivals – all on a micro, bootstrap budget.
So there you have it, the 2021 Road to Record Year End Update. Look for more updates here and on our production page on Linked In.