We recently had the pleasure of putting together a promotional video for Hollywood Access Services. In addition to closed-captioning for the hearing impaired, HAS provides audio description, giving blind audiences the opportunity to enjoy a more complete movie going experience. HAS will be providing both closed captioning and audio description for our upcoming feature-length documentary, MILE… MILE & A HALF. We’re really excited to offer these features on the DVD & BluRay as it’s not common for independent documentary films.
Came across these little beauties during our weekly Farmer’s Market trip.
Looks like love is possible everywhere.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.
In conjunction with our New Year’s video for 2013, Jen shot a fun photo for the printed card that we mailed out. The family dog even made his way into this one.
Last week, I had the opporunity to join Matt & Summer Bowen during their annual Bowen Beer Bottle Band night. Matt has played (Mandolin, Accordian, Guitar, Ukulele, etc.) at a few of our events for The Muir Project, and when I learned of his unique take on Christmas caroling I offered to document the evening. It was pretty great to watch first hand many talented musicians work through a difficult song… with beer.
I hope you enjoy! Merry Christmas.
We’ve been crazy busy on our documentary the last few months, but hope to be returning to more regular posts.
This is a tie-in to our documentary, but also may help those of you considering a Kickstarter campaign of your own.
Well, we went this route for a few reasons:
1. Your research:
2. Keep a Calendar.
3. Make a Budget: You’ve got one for your project, and you should have one for this too. Yes, it’s difficult to guess which rewards will get the most play, but knowing the out of pocket costs and your profit for each is very important. And don’t forget to calculate Kickstarter & Amazon’s fees and fees for packaging & sending rewards as well. (We chose to set $15 as the first level we would mail, and that was for something that would fit in a #10 envelope.)
4. Thank People & Keep Them Informed.
A special thanks to our 814 Backers for their support of the campaign, The Muir Project and our documentary film, Mile… Mile & A Half.
Over the last year and a half, I’ve had the pleasure of becoming friends with Paul Bessenbacher (or PB). I’ve listened to him play the ukulele next to a campfire, witnessed him write lyrics during a 14,496 foot summit, and seen him perform with his band, Opus Orange, in bars across Los Angeles. Last month, he was recording a 20 piece string orchestra in his studio, Emoto Music, and I had the opportunity to document the session.
His talent would be extremely intimidating if he wasn’t such a humble and nice guy (okay, it’s still pretty damn intimidating). I look forward to collaborating with him again on the original soundtrack for our feature documentary,MILE… MILE & A HALF.
We’ve been so consumed with finishing our feature documentary film, MILE… MILE & A HALF, that we haven’t been living by the film’s message to “get out there and explore.” So when the opportunity to spend a weekend in the Sierras came up, we couldn’t turn it down. Enjoy a few pictures from our trip.
It was a year ago today that we all put on our heavy packs and headed into the Yosemite backcountry towards the John Muir Trail. Our batteries were full, our memory cards empty, and our expectations uncertain.
On our first anniversary, it’s only fitting that we’ve reached a major milestone in this epic journey: we’ve locked picture on our feature film, MILE… MILE & A HALF, and we are now ready to head into final post-production stages.
As part of our upcoming Kickstarter Campaign to raise finishing funds, we held our first free public event last Friday night at Adventure 16 in West Los Angeles. The evening was an overwhelming success, drawing a crowd of more than 200 people. Our panoramic photos were displayed, a new featurette was screened, and Opus Orange performed a powerful acoustic set that blew us all away. We equate the evening to making it over Mather Pass (a difficult & technical climb for us all). A lot of time & energy brought us to that moment, but seeing the crowd’s response made it all worthwhile and re-energized us for the challenges ahead.
Wait! Does that mean we still have to climb Forrester Pass?
In addition to daily updates on our Facebook page commemorating our journey last year, we’ll be making a concentrated effort to continue our blog postings, including photos and other fun updates. For those of you who are interested in helping us along the final stretch of this journey, we’ll be sending out announcements about our Kickstarter campaign.
Thank you, again, for being so supportive of our project, and many thanks to Adventure 16 for hosting our first event. If you’re in the West LA area, some of our photos are still on display for a limited time.