It has been incredibly exciting to announce that the film’s original score is by Matthew Cooper, better known as Eluvium. I remember how nervous Mike was when he wrote to Matthew in November of last year. In his wildest dreams he never imaged Eluvium, often thought of as the music-titan of ambient music, would or could agree to do the film’s score. When you create a film mostly on your own, sometimes you lose sight that it is very much worthy of other people’s talents. Most of the place holder music in the score was by Eluvium, and his music had been such a huge part in the development of the edits.
Mike shared a post a week or so before we were able to make the announcement that explains his excitement;
“…Eventually, this specific song did make its way into the opening of the film, and it stayed there for the following two years that I spent editing. There was no other piece of music that ever came close to replacing it; until just 11 days ago.
The person who created this one song I listened to so often, was always my dream-choice for a composer, there was no one else I had in mind. And on November 25th, I asked them if they would create music for the film, and they said yes. 11 days ago, this person sent a piece of music that easily, without the slightest bit of hesitation or nostalgia on my part, replaced the opening music in the film.”
Every email, every new bit or piece of works in progress are just strikingly perfect. I remember sitting in the desk chair listening while Mike played a piece for the opening of the film, and thinking out loud, “I wonder if musicians ever just stop and cry while they are working on things; I wonder if their work ever just hits them like it does the rest of us.” The sounds he creates evoke just the right mood, that perfect thing that draws you into the scene and makes you feel what the imagery can’t do alone. Suffice it to say the soundtrack is going to be beautiful, poetic and inspiring…..just like For Thousands of Miles.
We are excited to announce that there are 100 advanced digital albums of the original score available for our Kickstarter campaign. Along with the full film score you also get a fancy t-shirt, premiere only poster, dvd as well as digital download of the film and a visual script and the knowledge that you’ve helped an independent film stay independent. If you haven’t yet, you can pre-order the film along with the original score here.
photo credit N.Javier
This, this is incredibly beautiful… For Thousands of Miles official trailer. Support someone and something that changed my motivations immensely when I first caught wind of it! **forthousandsofmiles.com**This is an awesome milestone. Y’all should be extremely proud of the work you’re doing! @mikeambs @erica_hampton (at Home Away From)
Thank you so much, Nathan!
Today, I am so incredibly proud to debut the film’s official trailer!
Many of you reading this were instrumental in FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES reaching this stage of production, and, I hope, that you share in this exciting moment; making a film is a collaborative effort, and I couldn’t have made it this far without your support.
I hope you enjoy the trailer. I hope you find it inspiring and moving. I hope it helps fill in the details of what exactly this film is, and why this project has been such an important project for me personally.
Today, we are also taking pre-orders for the film through our Kickstarter campaign. This campaign will not only 100% complete the film, but it will keep the film 100% independent!
Helping us release the film late-Spring of 2013.
One last special announcement! FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES will feature an original score by the amazingly-talented Eluvium! Eluvium has been our one-and-only choice for the film’s composer during the last few years of post-production, and to now be working with him on what is quickly becoming a beautiful-beautiful score, is a dream come true. You can pre-order the film’s original score on Kickstarter as well.
Please pass along this trailer and let your friends know about the project.
Everything is ready to go! By this time tomorrow night the film’s official trailer will be live! I’m so excited. I wanted to write a quick recap of the week, and what to expect come Monday morning 12:01 PST.
- I spent much of today putting the film’s original score into the timeline, seeing everything finally come together has been such a rewarding experience. Again, we’re announcing the film’s composer tomorrow when the trailer goes live.
- We should have a few write-ups by sites early in the week - we’re hoping this helps put the film infront of new people.
- Today I added an email-link and newsletter-signup form to the film’s main page - I’ve tested it in Safari, Chrome and Firefox - but, if you see any bugs, please let me know. Hopefully these additions make the site easier to navigate.
- We’re getting ready, after the 4th, to submit the film to two more upcoming festivals: BFF and Rooftop.
- There’s also a few funds we’re applying to in the next two weeks. If anyone out there knows of any amazing documentary funding / grant programs, we’d love to hear from you.
That’s all for now. I think I’m going to attempt and get a full night of rest, I have a feeling tomorrow night is going to be a late one.
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed For Thousands of Miles. What a meditative, personal and beautiful film. Huge congratulations on a really ambitious project.
Part of an email I received this morning from a film festival… such a wonderful thing to have heard back, it made my week.
It’s still too early for final decisions from festivals - but still, hearing this was just really nice. Keeping our fingers crossed and our spirits high!
I listened to three new pieces of the film’s original score yesterday - I am still, a full 24 hours later, beside myself with happiness.
Music has always been incredibly important to the film, and I’ve been editing for so long using temp-music as placeholders; but then, yesterday, listening to the four-total pieces of rough music so far, I heard, for the first, how the film’s score is taking shape… and it was amazing.
The score is so beautiful - I can’t wait to share it with everyone.
This very-weathered folder holds the last several drafts of the film’s script… I stumbled across it today when cleaning, not that I had lost or misplaced it, but it has been a few months since I needed to dig it out for reference, I was surprised at how heavy it felt.
This is it! We’re getting ready release the trailer to For Thousands of Miles, and when that happens, we’ll also start taking pre-orders for the film! If you don’t want to miss out on that announcement, be sure to add your info here.
Another very exciting announcement regarding the film’s original score is coming soon!, so please stay posted for that as well. In the meantime, we’d better get back to work!
Jamie’s entire VHX talk from XOXO is now available to watch online.
This talk - more than anything else I’ve come across in the last few years - this talk alone solidified my hopes of self-distribution For Thousands of Miles.
For as long as this project has existed, self-distribution has been my plan A; not because it would the easiest way to get the film out there, it won’t be - but because it has always made the most sense, both in the short and especially in the long term.
But, admittedly, a lot of fear seeps in the closer you find yourself to release; what if I’m wrong?, what if I can’t grow the audience?, what if I release the film and no one watches it?
This talk took everything I feel nervous and unsure about, and, in 17 short minutes, threw it out the window - reminded me that I can actually do this; and that it will be better for the film, vs selling it to someone who could never care about this story in the way that I do.
A few key points from the talk:
- Traditional distributors take, on average, 2 years to get your film to market - Jamie talks about, as a recent example, Indie Game the Movie self-released their film world-wide in less than 6 months!
- Sticking with the example of Indie Game, as it is mentioned a lot in this talk, iTunes featured their film heavily in the store, yet the filmmakers did just as well with sales off their own site! People preferred to buy it directly from the filmmakers.
- Self-releasing your film online does not negate your chances of later selling TV rights / theatrical rights / etc. For the last two years I’ve been under the strong-impression that by choosing to release the film online, I was turning my back on any other options down the road, and that is, it turns out, a very under-discussed misconception: you can do both!
Raw footage from the 10 days spent filming pickups in Northern California and Reno. I found this clips - some with sound, some without - hiding away in a folder I had all but forgotten about.
We used this ‘Think Like A Fan’ mantra, over the course of making the film, and we did the following…
Audience Responding: We tried to respond to nearly every email, Facebook post or tweet the film received.
Frequent Blogging: Maintained an active production blog. Posting over 150 entries in 70 weeks of production.
Video Extras: Over the course of production we produced and published, usually from hotel rooms on the road, 88 minutes of video extra content. This was usually content that we knew wasn’t going into the film, but would be of interest to our core audience nonetheless.
Pre-orders were a big part of the film’s total funding, and they were very much needed. But, also, offering preorders worked into the ‘Think Like a Fan’ philosophy - giving a potential audience member a way to invest, whenever they discovered the film online, and be part of the journey.
Taking pre-orders is something I’ve wanted to do for so long, honestly, I don’t know what’s been stopping me. Maybe it’s time I start looking into that again - especially with festivals coming up so fast! Does anyone know what tool Indie Game used for pre-orders? Or do you have any recommendations of your own? Paypal? Gumroad? Kickstarter?
1) Picking up Maeby from the vet after our trip to NYC, she was so excited she squeezed through the gate! 2) On our walk home after work, Erica and I saw this band practicing in the back of a resturant. 3) Greg and Gino in character. 4) Taking public transporation. 5) Discussing the last scene of FToM with Erica. 6) Celebrating Merritt’s last day with Disney at Kids Castle. 7) Very late night at the office over the weekend, recoding another (hopefully final pass) of voiceover before festival submissions.
In September, video-sharing website Vimeo announced an exciting new feature—Pay-to-View—which allows moviemakers to sell access to their films and videos behind a paywall. Now, the site is making good on that promise.
Interesting… this is turning out to be perfect timing.