|Joe Chapman being tortured by a robot in Android Insurrection. Second - unit director Henry Maduka Steady created this shot..|
The funny thing about working inside an art-house film office is overhearing other filmmaker's struggles with film festivals. We don't struggle with film festivals at all, because we just don't go to them. Actually, I go to neither festivals or markets. I stay at home and try to make deliverables.
I feel bad that I don't have a complete version of Android Insurrection to go to Berlin with our sales rep. It's my fault. The question is, how are we going to get faster at delivering pictures? Why are we behind?
OK, so I have some excuses. We all know what excuses are like. But I think these can be overcome.
- The first excuse is that we were late on delivering Earthkiller, which in turn made us late in delivering other movies.
- Secondly, it wasn't so much the surprise move we had to make with our office as the fact that I was sick for a month between December and January. That really annoys me and I'm going to be much more militant about getting the doctor to give me antibiotics.
- Third-wise I'm blaming my computer. My PC is just appallingly slow. And I'm waiting on a new one from Titanus Computers but it's delayed because of some sort of manufacturing hiccup with the new Sandy Bridge chip. In the meantime we're only able to use the dual-quad-core Mac Pro for all visual effects, rendering, and editing. Which is a bit of a bottleneck because just one computer is responsible for all picture. (I'm still using the PC for sound.)
So the big question here is will we be able to deliver Prometheus on time? The answer is, of course, "yes". And even though I've been wrong before I'm not wrong now. How do I know? Because a robot is hanging its death-claw over my head.
Also because the picture is very low on actual visual effects. We can animate and render spaceships hanging out in space until the cows come home. Or, actually, that's a terrible analogy. We can do it. Quickly. That's what I mean.
All we need for Prometheus is some nice freezing tubes. We need freezing tubes. Suspension animation chambers. Cryogenic Tubes. Whatever. We need at least two of them. Please deliver them immediately.