More Adventures in Doc Filmmaking

It’s been a year and a half of making my feature length Documentary called “If My Judges Are Ready?” It has been an experience. I’ve written about some of the process before.

Post Production has taken longer than expected. I’ve been working on this mainly on the weekends. And life always gets in the way, it seems. But I am closing in on the end. I want to release the film in the next few weeks/couple-of-months.

So I have been looking at distribution channels more. There are a couple I have relationships with that should be fairly easy. But the rest, I will need an aggregator or some help. I found FilmHub through a friend, and am looking at it pretty closely. No up front cost, just sharing revenue on the back end. Compared to other aggregators, that is way cheaper to get into. And this a niche market film, I hate to think about paying a lot to get placed on an outlet and never making the money back.

I have been looking at all of my licenses. I have been using Filmstro for music, which is awesome. I bought an annual license from them almost a year ago. I think it gave me enough clearances to use the three tracks in the film, but when I went back to check… the licenses had changed. Where I bought a “Personal/Freelance” license before, now they offer a “Pro” and “Pro Plus” licenses. The Pro level is where I was, but the terms don’t include things I need. So, if I can ever get them to send over the old document of licenses I can see if I need to spring for a one-month Pro Plus license. I may do that anyway and get the complete gamut of possible use, even theatrical and broadcast.

I really need a trailer now. I’ve started gathering clips I think would be good in one, but have not settled on the tone of that video yet. This is the full length trailer, not a teaser. I’m hoping to have it done this next week or so.

In the meantime here’s a teaser trailer I made several months ago: