It’s been a while since we’ve had time to sit down for a bit of a chat. But Carlo and I found a couple of minutes this week to discuss what’s been happening at Tunnel HQ. From the sneak peek screenings of the film to launching pre-orders for the DVD.
On another note:
We’ve had a few questions lately about some articles in the media that have misquoted the production budget for ‘The Tunnel’ at $435,000, which is whole a lot more than the actual budget of $135,000. We are not quite sure how people have reached this figure so we just wanted to make sure it was clear for everyone – straight from the horse’s mouth – all the money to make this film has come from you. So far that means we’ve raised just under $36,000 of our target. It is thanks to our incredibly understanding cast and crew we’ve managed to keep the ball rolling, get the movie finished and will soon be able to put it out for everyone to watch.
Not long now!
It has been a busy couple of weeks on “The Tunnel.” We’ve tried to lock out the world and get some cutting done on this sucker – it’s shaping up well. So stay tuned because there’s a bunch of new stuff coming very soon.
But in the meantime here’s some more from one of our talented cast – the up and coming Luke Arnold. Luke plays “Tangles”, the young soundo, and he took some time out on set to talk about his character and what it’s like to film on location for “The Tunnel.”
Thank you for your prompt reply to us and to questions raised by the Australian media. We are still disappointed, however, that your responses seem to be at worst, lacking in a direct response to our questions and, at best, contradictory.
We still do not have a clear reason as to why we are being consistently refused a listing. Without this information you give us no avenue of addressing the issue.
From your responses, the most specific information we can ascertain is that we have been rejected “most likely due to a lack of information, such as a release date, specific and detailed production status, distribution information, details about festival screenings etc.” All of this information has been provided to you in our submissions to you, are freely available on our website at www.thetunnelmovie.net, and have been announced in several trade magazines. This information is also visible in our most recent IMDb submission, reference number: 100930-090238-359000. (continue reading…)
You can see IMDb’s response to The Sydney Morning Herald here, and IMDb’s Help Desk response to our letter in full below:
Thank you for contacting us. Please rest assured that your concerns have been forwarded to our editors for their consideration so that they may look into this specific matter and re-examine your submission.
However, just to clear up any misunderstandings, it seems like the letter/document linked in your message repeatedly refers to an alleged inability on our part “to verify the existence of [your] title”. The existence of a project is not an issue — our documentation specifically refers to the need to verify existence and eligibility. (continue reading…)
It has been another big day with lots happening at Tunnel HQ. But amongst all the madness one thing is worth making special mention of – 10% of the frames have now been sold! Big thanks to everyone who has chipped in so far and to Mark Kokojan who bought up the milestone. It would have been cool to watch the frametally tick over but sadly we did miss the moment because we were out shooting scenes at the time. However I’ve got to say spending another fun day on set with our talented crew was a good consolation.
And as you can see the results of the day are awesome!
Well after a hectic few weeks of little sleep and way too much caffeine we have finished the underground location shoots. Everything went much better than we could have hoped, the cast and crew did an amazing job and the footage is looking awesome. But we still have more to shoot so please keep spreading the word!
Anyway for those of you interested in how The Tunnel team went underground here’s a little overview from Enzo and I – including a few sneak peak shots that I’m pretty sure will make the final movie…
It’s been a big 24 hours for all of us working on The Tunnel. Firstly with the poster going out yesterday on Twitchfilm.
Then we sailed past 5,000 frames today with our friend James, at Food Matters, bringing up the milestone.
It’s also been a day full of more great write-ups – like this one at Social Times. This one was sitting in my inbox when I woke up. A good friend had emailed us to tell us that one of his contacts in the U.S. had posted it on his facebook page wondering if he’d heard of “The Tunnel” – love that kind of feedback loop. Awesome!
I wonder what the next 24 hours hold?
If you want to have a look at the poster – with photography by the immensely talented Alex Weltlinger – check it out at:
Also it has been less than a week and we are already approaching the 5000 frames mark – I’d like to say that the support has been amazing. A big thanks to all of you who have bought frames and also to all of you who have been sharing the project online. It is great to have so much chatter about the project and particularly so many positive comments about what we are trying to do. Who knows what we have started?