Archive for May, 2011
Spanish Filmmaker Nicolás Alacalá and his team are making a great looking sci-fi movie, and a week out from their shoot in Latvia (yes, Latvia!!) one of their financial backers has pulled out, leaving them with a 40,000 Euro gap to fill in their budget. They have until the end of June to raise the cash.
I know we’ve been hitting you all up for support of The Tunnel and our team’s future, but the future of this kind of filmmaking and distribution relies on people liek us supporting people like The Cosmonaut team – chip in if you can by buying some merch or actually investing in the film’s profits for 100 Euro at thecosmonaut.org
Check out the video, hit up the website, tweet about it, blog about it – anything you can. These guys really deserve your support as well as ours.
It’s been a long way since we first started this thing, and thanks to YOU, the fans and supporters, we have finally been able to release The Tunnel for all to see. Downloads to date on the official Vodo tracker promoted by BitTorrent.com are sailing past the 120,000 mark with no signs of slowing, and we’re cruising past 40,000 frames, well on our way to finish paying for everyone’s hard work on the film.
Don’t forget that as well as downloading the movie, you can also grab a copy of The Tunnel as a 2-disc Hard Copy DVD loaded with over two hours of extras. Grab yours at www.thetunnelmovie.net, or if you’re in Australia or NZ you can also nab yourself a copy at JB HiFi, Sanity, Leading Edge, Network, and Blockbuster.
See you online!!
Well, the secret’s finally out. After years of development and months of speculation as to what on earth we’ve been actually doing, our film is officially off to the races. There’s a mixed sense of relief and excitement in us being finally able to do so. Relieved because all the hard work we put in is finally ready for the viewing public, and excited because we absolutely cannot wait to hear what you guys think of the film. If last night’s screening is any indication, I think we did alright.
Last night was our world premiere screening at Popcorn Taxi. Having attended many of their events in the past I couldn’t help but get goosebumps being on the bright end of the stage as I sat for the Q&A session alongside producers Enzo Tedeschi and Jules Harvey, as well as Andrew Denton who provided much needed humour that helped diffuse our rookie nerves. (Thanks to Facebook fan Tom Dyson for the pic!)
The crowd was very appreciative of our efforts and I was approached by a few guys who complimented us on our decision to hold back on the creature’s ‘reveal’, which was good to hear because the less-is-more approach was always something I was keen on doing for this film, keeping whatever is down in the tunnels shrouded in as much mystery as possible.
An hour after the Popcorn Taxi screening I started getting excited text messages from friends saying “hey dude, your film’s on TV right now!” That’s right, a mere one hour after our Popcorn session, The Tunnel made its television debut on Showtime, where it will be screening several times over the next few weeks. You can view the TV schedule on the Showtime Website.
Whilst all this was going on, we also managed to get a special Cannes screening at Marche du Film for some potential investors and distributors and the buzz being generated on the shores of France was enough to get us mentioned in The Cannes Market News and the Hollywood Reporter, as well as Oscar-Winning Producer Ted Hope’s blog. Will distributors be able to look past our unorthodox methods and support us nonetheless? Time will tell.
But of course the big news is that The Tunnel is now finally available online, as we’ve promised all along. Thanks to BitTorrent.com and Vodo.net, you can download the film in awesome 720p HD quality right here.
Whew, I believe that covers all of it. So as you can see, our distribution strategy is as out-of-the-box as they come, but we’re pretty excited to see how it all goes. At the end of the day what’s important to us is getting The Tunnel seen by as many people as possible, and rewarding you, the fans that have been kind enough to purchase frames back when the film was nothing more than a cool idea and a website.
You guys helped us make it, let us thank you by giving you the option to download our film for free, and if you like what you see, feel free to support us even further by purchasing more frames, donating on the Vodo site, and of course, buying the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD.
I’m pretty stoked with how the DVD turned out. We went to great lengths to make sure it’s packed with enough bonus material to whet any filmmaker and film buff’s appetite. Jules has cut together a terrific 70-minute making-of documentary which provides a great insight as to how we managed to get the film made despite the odds being stacked against us. If filmmaker’s commentary is your thing we’ve got that in there too as myself, Enzo, and Jules sealed ourselves in a soundbooth for a few hours and talked candidly about the film, our bromance chemistry clearly evident on the audio track.
So again, from all of us here at Tunnel HQ, thank you very much for the support and interest you’ve shown. What would have cost millions of dollars to do, you, the social networking masses, have graciously done for us.
With the release a mere few hours away, we thought we’d give you one more good reason to pick up a DVD. In fact, three good reasons:
we here at Tunnel HQ really busted our humps to pack as much value in to our “Hard Copy” DVD as possible – and part of that effort was to include (for the first time on DVD) a few cool short films for your entertainment.
Carlo Ledesma’s most recent award-winning dramatic short, The Last One, is on the DVD in all it’s 33 minute glory. Here’s the trailer:
As if that wasn’t awesome enough, the last short by Producer Enzo Tedeschi (that’s yours truly) is also included. Directed by David Sander (who incidentally is also part of Team Tunnel – Dave is our VFX man), Ghosts of War is an epic WW1 tale of the supernatural. Once again, a trailer for your consideration:
And to polish things off, another of Carlo Ledesma’s short, fun, pieces – a mini-documentary on the Sydney Zombie Walk in 2010:
Today (appropriately, Friday the 13th in the US) saw us lift the veil on possibly the most exciting piece of news we have had to share at Tunnel HQ so far.
Thanks to BitTorrent.com, Vodo.net and utorrrent.com, The Tunnel will be promoted as part of the Artist Spotlight Program to over 100 million users. Needless to say, for our humble little movie, that’s HUGE.
We’re very excited!
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!
The 2-Disc DVD Hard Copy Edition of The Tunnel features a 70-minute Behind The Scenes Documentary on how the team put this thing together, from the early days of launching the website, through to completing the movie.
Here are the first few minutes of the doco for you to have a look at – please hit up our Facebook wall or Twitter, drop us a line below, or push us out to your friends if you reckon it might be worth checking out!
The Tunnel will be available on BitTorrent and DVD on May 19 as a “Hard Copy” loaded with over 2 hours of extras across 2 x DVDs. If you’re in Australia, you’ll be able to pick it up from major retailers as well, but if you pre-order a copy from our website before May 19, you will receive a FREE bonus eBook, “Inside The Tunnel: Behind The Scenes Production Photography”. You can see some sample pages below.
Pick up a copy here, or take a look at some of our awesome value-added bundles which feature the Original Score by Paul Dawkins.