I am excited to announce that NORMAN has been officially selected to premiere at the Richmond International Film Festival in April! I am so happy to finally start showing it to the public, and what a great place to start our festival run than within my home state of Virginia.
After 7 long years, NORMAN is finally finished!
I have tried to capture along the years, the process of making this film, and I wanted the same for the premiere of NORMAN. I had my friend record day of the premiere for everyone to join in on the fun. We are so excited to finally be finished with the film, and are ready and already moving onto the sales and distribution phase of the project.
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.
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