One thing I’ve learned about the RED is that its files are enormous, and debayering the RAW footage takes all kinds of forever to do. That being said:
THIRD PARTY ’08: THE TRUE STORY OF THE PRESIDENT OF KANSAS
STROBE JENSEN: A MAN OF GREAT PRINCIPLE
HOPE, SUCCESS AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FUTURE
HONEY, I THREW THE ELECTION
…is picture LOCKED, and first-lighted, and the online conform and sound mix are in progress as we speak. Because of the processor-intensive debayering, I am forecasting a 4:30 AM CST premiere of the thing.
In the meantime, here’s a little bit about the film:
Third Party ’08 stars the incomparable Jim Westcott as third-party presidential candidate Roger Deerborn, the incompressible Jesse Griffith as Deerborn’s chief strategist, and the incomprehensible Landyn Banx as Strobe Jensen—a man of great conscience, and Deerborn’s unpredictable running mate. Also featured are Anne Westcott as Deerborn’s idealistic daughter, Melissa Hoppe as an inexperienced public radio reporter, and Heather Amos as Deerborn’s politely misanthropic press secretary. The film follows the characters through election night 2008 as their margin drops from 0% to 0.0% to 0.00%.
It was written by myself and Matt Kane. I directed. Matt did the cinematography. We were the only crew members.
The film was shot at 3K resolution on the RED ONE digital cinema camera, with a set of very nice Zeiss prime lenses. We did not pay for the camera. Our production budget for the entire film was approximately $25.
Stay tuned to this channel, folks. It won’t be long now.
UPDATE: It’s late and I’m going to bed. Movie is compressing now and will be posted in the morning.