Words cannot describe how I feel. I will have more to share soon, but I need time to just take this all in right now. The sense of relief is unbelievable. I am SO proud of this film and all who helped make it happen.
The end is finally here!
About 120 days ago, we set an ambitious goal to be 100% done by July 20th. We had finally gotten to a point in this extremely long and tiring production where we knew we had all the pieces to finally put together this puzzle.
So, for the past 120 days, we have been working pretty much every day on the final stage of production. The audio mix. Jonah has put in an incredible amount of hours to get this film sounding absolutely incredible.
We decided on July 20th as our first ever Private Premiere of NORMAN. We have sent out invites to all our cast and crew and close friends to celebrate with us as we end this insanely long 7 Year Journey.
We are so very excited to be at the end of this, and I couldn't be happier for how things are turning out. The VFX, the Music, the Sound Design, the Graphic Design, everything is looking so awesome. I think it will truly be worth the wait.
Once July 20th is over, we will be moving straight into sales and distribution of NORMAN. We have some great contacts lined up right now, and we hoping that NORMAN does well for all of us. We want it to get out there into the world and we cannot wait for everyone to finally get to see it.
This video goes behind the scenes as we navigate our final 25 days till NORMAN is truly finished.
Thank you all so very much for all your encouragement and kind words through the many, many years. We wanted to be proud of of the film we made, and to know we put every last bit of effort that we had into making it the best that we could.
As soon as we know more about when the film will be available, we will let everyone know. We will make sure to keep everyone updated once the sales begins.
See you all soon!
I am very excited to finally share this news with all of you. We just completed the color grading for Norman. The story of how this got completed is quite an amazing one.
I brought my camera with me to capture the journey and to share with you how all of this happened. I couldn't be more thrilled to tell you that we have completed yet another massive milestone. We only have one milestone left. The final sound mix. We will have some news on that as well soon. We honestly think that we can be finally finished within 60 days from now.
Well, let's not delay any more. I hope you enjoy the video update, and that you are as excited and pumped as I am to know that we are truly nearly there. In the video you will learn about two incredible guys that offered up their time and money to help realize my vision for Norman.
They have done so much to help create some truly incredible work that will be enjoyed by all the fans of this film once it's completed. I couldn't be more thankful and proud of all the work DC Barns and J. Trent Adams have done for me and this film. I hope you enjoy this behind the scenes look at what these guys have brought to the table for Norman.
When Adam and Sam told me that all of the visual effects had been completed for Norman, I took my camera with me and captured some really interesting off the cuff interviews about what it was like working on Norman, and completing the monumental task that I had given them.
I left this video uncut, because I wanted to show the people, the friends, and the comradery we all had together through this project. This video includes some insight into the highs and lows of working on the project, and how these two guys stayed committed to the project, and delivered some incredibly high quality visual effects work that I think a lot of people will be proud of.
I know I am.
Hi everyone, sorry it's been quite a while since my last update on the film. It's been an insanely busy few months, and we have some really cool updates coming soon.
Norman is coming along well, and we expect to have the first half of foley finished in the next two weeks, with the second half early to mid November. Things have been a bit stressful for myself and my brother lately, having to do a bunch of extra free lance jobs, and balancing work, family, and life on top of finding time to keep chugging along with Norman.
But I want you all to know that we are really making good progress, and Jonah and I think it's still gonna happen to have Norman pretty much finished before the year is up. This might not include the final touch that is Color Grading, but at least the film will have all finished sound and will pretty much be finished. I cannot tell you how excited I will be to have it at this point.
In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a video I recorded with my friend on answering a question I have had asked to me many many times over the years while working on Norman.
Today's video update talks about how to promote your work so that others care about it. Hopefully you will find this interesting, because I think this is absolutely crucial in getting your idea out there and made. If you can't promote your work or talk about it in a way that gets others excited, you won't have an easy time getting it made, kickstarted, shared, etc.
One of the ways that helped my film get funded, was having a well polished site around the time when I launched. My friend owns a company called Knapsack, and he built it for me, as well as designed various logos, facebook posts, and worked with me on all things promotional related to make sure my product stood out from the rest.
What is so cool about their company, and you will learn more from watching the video, is that they can literally build you a working site all within one work day. I urge you, that if you find yourself in the same boat as me, and you have a project that needs promotion, or you are trying to kickstart something, do yourself a favor and make sure you have a good site, you have good designs, logos, etc, to the best of your ability. This makes all the difference in the world.
If you are in need of a website, I highly recommend www.knapsackcreative.com
Thanks everyone, and stay tuned, we have a lot more content coming your way in just a few weeks time.
It's been awhile since our last sound update, so while I was over at Jonah's studio the other day, I recorded a quick update on how things are going. Jonah estimates he has about 25-30% left of the film to do until he is done. We are making major progress.
Words cannot describe how happy I am right now. Instead of explaining in text, I recorded a video for this special announcement to hopefully convey in at least some small manner how I feel right now.
One of the most complex things to create for this film, was the character of ANI. Because she is a combination of visual effects, practical effects and voice overs, her character was extremely hard to make work on screen because of the low budget and time in between working on the shots.
I try to deconstruct what it takes to create ANI on screen that looks interesting, and is a character that hopefully is fun to watch and get to know more about.
Jonah previews another scene he is working on, that involves a more bare bones, scrapped together time machine that Norman made. This version, we wanted the sounds to be more raw without as many effects added to it, so we recorded a lot of live elements to mix into the final scene.
In Week 3 of 8 so far, Jonah talks about choosing the right sound for Norman's mini time machine and making sure it sounds like it's actually coming from the device by using various audio effects.
In week 2 of 8 so far, Jonah talks about panning each sound element for every scene and adjusting audio levels for scene changes and cuts.
Week 1 of 8 of sound design. Jonah talks about creating the time machine sounds and organization.
I am so excited to let everyone know that after months of planning, saving up money, and planning out a schedule, my brother is able to start this final stretch of sound design and mixing for Norman. We fleshed out a workable schedule for him to stay on track for roughly 8 weeks worth of work. He starts today, and will be working on a four day a week schedule, back to back as much as possible, till the picture is complete.
Why am I so excited about this? My brother does all sorts of freelance work for his income, so because of that, it's hard to find a nice chunk of time for him to commit to only working on Norman. My brother wants to make the audio the best he possibly can, but it can be super hard when he has other freelance work that comes in that he has to take to put food on the table for his family.
So, for the past several months, we have worked up a schedule to clear some of his plate to allow some solid uninterrupted time to work on Norman and to once and for all finish out this last part of the project.
We are going to try and record a short video with updates weekly, as sound design is being done. I wish him well as he begins an extremely tedious part of the project, and thank you all again very much for all the support and patience as this project continues towards the finish line.
I've been asked many many times, if I'm going to release the NORMAN Collector's Book to the public.
Well today, I'd like to announce that it is now available online to purchase.
If you are one of the Kickstarter Backers who paid for this originally, please DO NOT buy one, as I am sending out more shipments of booklets this week.
I apologize it has taken awhile. They ended up costing a lot more than I had planned on because of how much bigger the booklet ended up being, compared to the original idea. I wanted to make sure it was something worth your while, and would be a really nice keepsake for not only the backers, but to my cast and crew as a thank you and nice memory to look back on.
If you are someone who enjoys reading about the behind the scenes side of filmmaking, I think you might really enjoy this.
PURCHASE THE BOOK AT:
Or at www.normanthefilm.com
We have some exciting news coming in the next two weeks concerning post production on Norman, that I am very excited to share with you.
Thank you all very much, and may you all have a very Merry Christmas!
I am shipping off the 2nd wave of Norman Collector Booklets next week. I finished the first wave of shipments last week, and once I finish sending off all the booklets to the original first backers, I've been asked by several followers of the project, if the booklet will be available to purchase for anyone who didn't originally back it at the start of the Kickstarter campaign.
The answer is YES.
The original plan for this booklet was very small, and was meant to act as just a simple reward for backers, but I would love to have more people be able to get a hold of a copy if they are interested. I spent a lot of time putting it together, and plan to give some away to my cast and crew as gifts, but would enjoy being able to see others enjoy it as well.
Once I have fulfilled all the original orders from the early backers, I will put up information and have a link on www.normanthefilm.com for others to be able to purchase it.
In the meantime, we are still hard at work in post production, working on sound design for the film. Sorry that updates have been slow, but it's been a bit of a dry period in production, as pieces come into play to continue various stages of work on the film.
Thank you for your continued support.
So after about a year and a half worth of work, I have finally finished the NORMAN Collectors Book that I will soon be shipping out to the exclusive Kickstarter backers who chose that reward tier. I am very excited to share this bit of news with you all, as it has been fun to finally be getting super close to the end of this almost 5 year journey. I will be sending out emails to the specific people who backed the project in the next couple days, so keep an eye out for it.
This Collectors Book contains 84 pages of content, including some really awesome stories and insight from cast and crew, as well as some really beautiful photos taken during the filming of Norman. I can't wait for you all to get your copy, and I thank you again for all your support.
Unfortunately for now, I will only be shipping this out early to the select backers who pledged at the tier level to receive one. If you are interested in getting a copy, please subscribe to our email newsletter at www.normanthefilm.com to be notified the moment the book will be available for public purchase.
Here is a short video showing what the Collectors Book looks like.
Thank you all so very much!
Last year I entered a local film festival that gives you only 48 hours to write, direct, shoot, edit, create music and finish a short film based on a random genre you pull from a hat. So once again, I decided to enter the Lynchburg 48 Hour Film Contest again this year, and this is the film my team created, called, "The Switch."
The film shoot was extra special because Melissa (who plays ANI in Norman) was available that weekend to film, so I had a blast being able to work with her again. Thanks everyone for all your hard work!
Hope you enjoy it!
P.S. Norman news is heading your way soon! Stay tuned!
Joel Guelzo & James Banks
Joel Guelzo & James Banks
Tato Ciurlizza - Vocalist
Nestor Estrada - Sample Development
Travis W. Hendrix - Flute Soloist
Jaime Lew - Score Technical Engineer
Mitch Del Rosario - Ambient Sound Design
Daniel Ciurlizza - Synthesizer Programmer
Sound Design By
Production Sound Mixer
Jonathan Kafoure - Jon
Melissa Crouterfield - Sarah, Biosuit Scanner
Giancarlo Beltrami - Military Guard
Doug - Kellogg - Military Guard
Jonah Guelzo - Biosuit Scanner
Joel Guelzo & James Banks
Hair / Makeup
Special Thanks To
Stone Blue Productions
One of the toughest things about making Norman, was to try and get high production quality visual effects on a zero budget essentially. Adam and Sam, from Hello Studios, created a short montage video to show off the types of effects shots they accomplished for my film Norman. I think they have done an outstanding job and have gone above and beyond the original scope of the project. I hope you enjoy a short look into the amount of work that has continually been going into making Norman into a really awesome film. I hope you enjoy it!
Here is what Hello Studios had to say about this video.
"For the past couple years, there has been an ongoing back burner project called NORMAN - A Joel Guelzo Film that we've whittled away at from time to time. It's a movie we're helping do the Visual Effects on and everything is super close to being complete. Here is a montage of just a handful of the hundreds of VFX shots in the film."
A week ago, an awesome fan of the project who has been following it since I first posted it up on Kickstarter back in January of 2014, sent me an encouraging message wanting to know about how things are going, and when he might be able to see the film.
I was actually having quite a rough day, and It was such a blessing to have that message pop up on my phone. It really meant a lot to me. I sent him a few voice messages telling him about how things are going, whats left to do, and thanking him for the kind message.
We ended up talking for an hour or so, and he asked me about a few things about the making of Norman, wanting to know about working with extras on a low budget, locations, and a few other questions. I enjoyed being able to tell him about the film and what we did.
At the end of our chat, he mentioned that he thought it might be cool to make a post letting followers of the project know if they had any questions they would want to know about the film, be it the actual filmmaking, editing, cameras, getting locations, making props, etc, to post a message to the Norman Facebook Page.
I would be more than happy to answer any questions that you might want to know about, as best as I am able to, excluding story spoilers, as that is kept under lock and key till the film is done. :)
I am so grateful for all the help and support that has helped get the film where it is today, and If I am able to give back even in just a tiny way by answering some filmmaking questions that could potentially help out other filmmakers or just people interested in making films, I would be more than happy to.
Anyways, I just wanted to let you all know that if you had anything you wanted to know about the film, feel free to message here. I will do my best to answer you or get James, my brother Jonah, or Stephen who played Norman, or Jason who built the props to answer.
Since there won't be too many more behind the scenes videos released from now till the film is over, because we are getting so close to finishing things up, I thought this might be a nice way to still connect with the people following the project.
Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!
As we near the end of post production on Norman, there have been less and less videos to post about the film because of the nature of how busy work has been to get the film done. So for today, I really wanted to give all of you a really nice behind the scenes perspective on the work that has taken place to bring the music for Norman to life.
Music to me is such an important thing for films. It can completely make or break the film in my opinion. Creating a film with such a low budget usually guarantees you one option. Low quality midi sounding type music. It's super low cost, and there are so many "composers" out there that have keyboards and Garage Band on their macs that can spit out a theme for this or that using loops or synthesized sounds.
This was something I was incredibly worried about for Norman. To me, knowing all this work I put into my film over the years, only to have a subpar soundtrack to finish it off with. This scared me so much. I can instantly notice generic sounding music, short cuts with fake instruments, so I knew it was going to be incredibly hard to find a way to get amazing original music for my film, but I promised myself I would figure out a way somehow.
Years passed by, and after my Kickstarter ended, I had gotten an email from a Daniel Ciurlizza, of Outlier Studios. He told me that he enjoyed my trailer and liked the scifi genre a lot and would love to talk with me. At this time, I already had a composer who had done the trailer music, but when I showed him Daniel's work, he told me, "Joel, if you can afford this guy. DO it!"
So after months of chatting with Daniel, and getting to know him, I decided it was worth the chance. I was still a bit nervous about working with someone so far away from where I lived, to handle the music for my film. What if there was a problem, or things go bad? I didn't have the money to easily try over again.
Fast forward one year later, and all the music is finished. Let me just say, it was one of the best decisions I could make for Norman. Daniel didn't just write me music for my film. He created Norman and ANI as real characters to me. He added in emotion where I didn't think could be added, he redid several tracks for months at a time, wanting them to be perfect. He fell in love with the story and project and really put every effort into making the music his own. He wanted to add his own stamp of approval. He told me recently that coming to the end of this production, that he actually will be quite sad to see it all over.
Norman has become such a large part of my life, and it has been an incredible joy to watch Daniel join this adventure as well.
I hope you enjoy the video, and that it gets you even more excited to see the final product. This journey is truly nearing the end.
Thank you for following along with me and supporting me.