July 4th is a significant date for many reasons. It’s the day our founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain and created democracy. It’s also the day that a young Benjamin Franklin emerged from his Philadelphia workshop to demonstrate his latest invention: the firework, the celebratory lighting of which remained a tradition until two years ago when they were outlawed. Today also marks an important announcement from the team behind President Wolfman: ladies and gentlemen, we have a cut!
This does not mean the movie is finished, not by any stretch. The edited footage is undergoing the arduous process of after effects by our talented post production team. Because President Wolfman is made up of footage cobbled together from over one hundred source films, there is a varying look to all the clips. Some are washed out and blurry, others are tinted red from damage, some are oversaturated and overexposed. We’re not trying to fool anybody, but giving the footage a certain uniformity will help keep people being distracted by the discrepancies and ‘sell’ the movie visually as a linear story.
Another way to do this is through sound. Most people don’t notice sound while watching a movie, but even in big Hollywood productions, it’s a vital component in making the footage flow. Without great sound, the audience becomes too aware that what they are watching is a movie as opposed to a cinematic version of real life that needs to be engrossing enough to make one forget about real life while they are watching. If the viewer becomes painfully aware that what they are seeing is fake, the viewing experience can often become painful. Sound brings you into the fold, subtly convinces you that you are in the room with these characters, or in the plane, or the forest. This is all fancy talk, especially in the context of our little low budget, low brow production, but when making a green movie it’s an important point to stress. It’s one thing you shouldn’t scimp on.
Sound design and sound mixing have yet to be done, but we’re working on it. For now, the dialogue has edited together and laid into the rough cut of the footage. That footage has been edited to fit the audio of the dialogue and has come in at a svelte eighty minutes, a very acceptable length for this kind of flick. We’re working around the clock to have something presentable to submit to film festivals, many with deadlines this month, so that the movie can screen before the election in November. But for now, on this fateful day, I’m happy to say that we have a movie.
In celebration, we are unveiling the official President Wolfman logo and teaser poster created by the brilliant designer and co-producer of the movie, Miles Flanagan. Enjoy!