Have you ever wondered to yourself, “Who is Landyn Banx, anyway?”
Well, this should answer all your questions:
Tonight was the first-ever public screening of 16 Heads and Counting! I’ve been up all weekend dealing with crises and doing a color grade, and finally it’s paying off!
We had an amazing turnout today. We sold out nearly an hour before the show time, and we’ve already sold over half the seats for tomorrow’s show. Taking in mind those factors, the Lyric has decided to extend our run!
Our second show will be tomorrow, Tuesday, August 12th at 7:00 p.m.
In addition, we will running four additional shows: one every day from Monday, August 18th to Thursday, August 21st. All shows are at 7:00 p.m.
And depending on our ticket sales next week, we may get a weekend show! Tell all your friends! Make us famous! Already gone once? Why not see it again?
At the very least, I will be at all five of the upcoming shows, so you can say hi when you come to see the movie. There will probably be other cast and crew present at many of the screenings. Tomorrow, for instance, our star actor Sean Cummings is playing hooky from Little Shop of Horrors rehearsals to attend the show. Vvinni will be there too, and many others, including a large contingent from my family.
Spread the word! More 16 Heads and Counting screenings next week! And if you’re planning on coming to tomorrow’s show, get your tickets early, because we’ll probably sell out again.
I’m still doing renders and things (I’m averaging one FX shot every two minutes, from planning through queuing for renderâ€”a new personal record), but it looks like unless my video card suddenly goes JACFU we’re safely on track to have the screener DVD ready in time, and maybe even test it and burn a spare!
Come if you can make it! Hobnob with us crazy film folkâ€”we’ll be on our best behavior and I solemnly vow not to stab, poke or claw at you unless you specifically ask me to. If you can’t make it tonight, come tomorrow night at the same time, for screening #2! It’s probably just the lack of sleep talking, but I feel like I’m obligated to make a poop joke of some kind here. Can’t think of anything, though. Sorry.
Come to our screening!
16 Heads and Counting gets a mention on page B1 of the Coloradoan today. For some reason the article isn’t up on their web site, so here it is:
CLASSMATES’ LOCAL FILM PROJECT COMES TO FRUITION
By Stacy Nick
What started out for two Poudre High School graduates as an “Untitled Search for God” has now become “16 Heads and Counting.”
It’s a seemingly more appropriate, if also more grisly, title for film director Andrew Gingerich and writer/producer Ethan Holbrook’s latest work. After all, it is basically a movie about a man who discovers that his girlfriend is killing people and keeping their heads in the trunk of her car.
There’s also the real/imagined threat of vampires, mobsters, and a guy in a dog suit who believes he is an instrument of God, hence the earlier working title.
The idea for the film started as a writing exercise for a class at the Minnesota College of Film and Design where Holbrook and Gingerich attend, Holbrook said. But eventually it grew into a complex yet intriguing screenplay that Gingerich convinced his friend had all the right makings of a movie.
“It’s very rewarding to see something that’s been such a big part of my life for the past year and a half finally reach an audience,” Holbrook said.
The black comedy features local actors—Colorado State University students Sean Cummings and Rosalie Robinson star—and local locations, including Rocky Mountain Shooters’ Supply and the Lyric Cinema Cafe, where the film will have its debut screening Monday.
The cast and crew only had three weeks and about $3,000 to shoot the film last summer. But Holbrook and Gingerich agree they are pleased with the results and hope those who helped them along the way will be, too.
“We got to shoot in locations and work with people we never thought possible,” said Gingerich, who is currently shopping the film to festivals with the aim of getting a distribution deal. “And I am thrilled to show this film to all those who helped this project reach its full potential.”
Gingerich said he is most looking forward to seeing the audience’s reaction to the film.
“You never can guess what people will do until it plays in front of an audience,” he said. “We know what we think is funny, but audiences can feel differently.”
’16 HEADS AND COUNTING’
When: 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
Where: Lyric Cinema Cafe, 300 Mountain Ave.
This article is good in that it got all the important information correct, and it’s at the top of page B1, which is about as good as it gets for local media coverage of films. All in all it’s about 90% accurate, except for paragraph four, which may in fact be a complete fabrication. The Minnesota College of Film and Design is not a real thing, as far as I know, nor did the script originate as an in-class exercise. Oh well. All in all, a nice bit of coverage.
Back to the FX suite!
Hey everyone! We just got a nice big write-up in Fort Collins Now! Look for it in the upcoming issue, or check it out online now! You know what would be a good way to help us promote without needing to do any real work? Click the “recommend” link at the top of the article.
Overall I’m very pleased by the article, although I’m not sure why they chose that picture instead of one of our crew shots. I guess when you give a media outlet free reign over a comprehensive electronic press kit with lots of photos, you have to be prepared for them to make… interesting choices when it comes to selecting photos to print.
But yeah, this was a fun interview and I’m thrilled at the coverage, and I don’t think either Ethan or I said anything too boneheaded, although there are those remarks about TriMedia:
“We made an executive decision that the TriMedia Film Festival should only have films with at most a PG-13 rating,” festival director Carol Van Natta said. “We are community-based and we have gotten feedback that members of the community and our sponsors—we are a nonprofit—would rather not be associated with something that is too graphic.”
That’s a stance that Gingerich said is too limiting.
“I don’t want to burn any bridges here … (but) that means there is no way in hell that our movie, which is a fantastic movie, and I don’t think I’m being arrogant when I say that, would be shown. They won’t show it because we say the f-word and that’s bad because apparently (Fort Collins) can’t handle dangerous ideas,” Gingerich said. “It’s a real disappointment to me. I would love to show this at TriMedia, but their by-laws say it’s a no-no.”
First off, as the parentheses indicate, I didn’t actually say that Fort Collins can’t handle dangerous ideas, nor do I think that the word ‘fuck’ is necessarily a dangerous idea. I got caught in a web of hyperbole right there and couldn’t escape. I do, however, stand by my comments. I think that TriMedia is being short-sighted and has no doubt turned down many a fantastic film because of strong language or objectionable thematic elements.
There are a lot of bad movies out there that put in lots of sex and violence in hopes of concealing the fact that the acting, writing, directing and production quality are all crap. I’ve even worked on a couple of those. But the difference is that those are bad movies. Call me old-fashioned, but I’d rather have my films judged by their merits rather than by how many times the protagonist drops an f-bomb, and I think that the entire concept of “family-friendly” entertainment is overly puritanical and, if nothing else, dangerously pedantic.
I bring this up because I really believe in TriMedia and can’t be thankful enough for the attention it’s brought to the film community in Northern Colorado, and it really is a disappointment to me that we can’t show 16 Heads there.
Gratuitous anything in movies is a bad thing, but none of the violence or strong language in this movie is gratuitous. My policy when including a swear word or shot of violence, is to evaluate the entire scene as it stands in relation to the film, ask myself “What does this mean?” and “Why is this necessary?” and only if I can give good responses to both those questions does the element in question even make it into the shooting script. Then the process is repeated when the scene is actually shot, and again during editing. There’s plenty more blood and swearing from 16 Heads that you won’t be seeing in the final cut because it didn’t serve the best interests of the film.
Anyway, time to climb down off my bully pulpit and get back to After Effects.
Today, dear friends, we locked the sound edit. That includes all music, sync and re-recorded dialogue, room tones, wild tracks, fx, and even a sizable amount of cloth-pass foley (we run through the movie for each of the major characters, recording fabric noises that synchronize with the movement of their clothing).
Along with having a sound lock and all that it entails, we now have a hard-and-fast runtime for the film. Anyone wanna guess what it is? Go on, guess. It’ll be fun.
And I have some exciting news that I just can’t keep from spilling right now: tonight we handed off our 20 tracks of audio to a real, honest-to-goodness post house for sweetening and mix-down: Emmy-winning audio production house Derryberry Audio in Westminster will be handling our final mix! And we can actually afford this, somehow!
I’m an often-overprotective director when it comes to letting strangers get their grubby mitts all over the movie before it’s finished. But after meeting with our engineer and walking him through the project, I couldn’t be more excited. The film is most definitely in good hands, and we’ll be heading back out to review the final mix and pick up our files tomorrow night! Can’t wait! I’ll be sure to take pictures of their awesome mixing suite!
Wanna experience something weird on Sunday? Wait until the weekend and I’ll tell you what it is!
It behooves me to mention that Exploding Goldfish Films is now officially Exploding Goldfish Films, LLC—a real, honest-to-goodness company!
In the short run, this doesn’t mean anything major, just that Exploding Goldfish Films LLC owns the copyrights to its films as an entity, rather than the copyrights being owned by any one person.
Thank you for your attention. You may go about your business.