It’s been a long time since we had an update (we’ll be doing that much more frequently moving forward), so there’s a lot of things to cover. Namely: what’s going on with Anamnesis, what the future of Finite Films looks like, and a new, fun short film we made recently that we think you’ll get a kick out of.
As we’ve said in a previous blog post (almost a year ago!), we’ve gotten the opportunity to work with a major producer to develop Anamnesis into a full-on television show. It’s going well so far, but it’s a very long process. Alex and I are essentially getting a crash-course in writing television pilots, and it’s very intense but we’re also excited to learn as much as we can. I’m sure we’ll go into more detail about what the process has been like in upcoming blog posts, so keep an eye out for that.
So that’s the good news—that we’re making progress with this very exciting opportunity. The bad news is this means we can’t release the web series—basically indefinitely. Which is obviously very disappointing. We finished making it over a year ago now, and we were very eager to share it with everyone, but because of technical, legal, intellectual property, yada yada reasons, we can’t post it online in case our pilot ends up getting picked up or bought. This is definitely a let down, and we’re really sorry.
Since our very first film, we’ve loved reading your comments, feedback, and reactions to our work, and it was strange not having that experience with Anamnesis. But the opportunity presented to us—to develop our low-budget web series into a major network or cable TV show—was too incredible to pass up. We hope you guys understand, and we’re really excited about the direction we’re taking the series in developing it for TV.
So what now? What’s next?
Well, obviously Alex and I will continue pouring a lot of our time into the Anamnesis pilot. Meanwhile, Ryan has been working on several different projects, from a short film he completed recently to a feature-length horror script he’s been working on for some time now. Moving forward, the three of us will be putting our energy into the development of new projects. I’m particularly excited about a feature idea we’ve been working on that I think feels very “Finite Films” and has a fun connection to one of our previous shorts.
We’re so appreciative for the fans that have seen our shorts and followed our work, and we hope that you’ll continue to do so. On our end, we’ll do a better job of keeping the site updated and letting you all know what’s going on in Finite Films land. I think there are great things to come, and we want you to be a part of it as much as possible!
One more thing…
Earlier this month Alex got married!
They had a beautiful, intimate ceremony up in Santa Cruz which was a fun homecoming of sorts, because it’s not only where Alex and his husband met, but also where Alex, Ryan, and I started making films together. So in the weeks leading up to the ceremony, Ryan and I knew we had to get them a spectacular gift…
Now, I have a history of making pretty elaborate videos as gifts for my friends. There was the time I made a surprise video for my friend Steve’s 20th birthday, where myself and the rest of his friends had to travel through time to make sure his party went well, but instead found ourselves in Braveheart, Fight Club, and Jurassic Park (his 3 favorite movies).
There was the time I made a surprise video for my friend Scott’s 23rd birthday, a documentary that took place ten years in the future, in which he had just died and all of his friends reminisced about the life he lived…and the complicated conspiracy surrounding his death.
Seeing as it had been five years since the last video, and that Alex is one of my closest friends, it was clearly time to do it again. And this time, it had to be bigger and crazier than ever. So I came up with a plan…
We’ll be posting the actual movie next week, with plenty of details of what went into making this film that turned out to be one of the most challenging and elaborate shorts we’ve ever made. Stay tuned…
For me, making this short revitalized my filmmaking spirit and reminded me how much fun filming all night and not getting any sleep can be. It’s this spirit that Alex, Ryan, and myself will continue to put into every project we make.
I think it’s safe to say that the best is yet to come.