We're 4 months into the year now so it's perfectly fine to make some etched-in-stone decisions in order to know what the other 8 months are going to look like. Sometimes it's fun to have pleasant surprises in scheduling but there are other times where it's best to have total, unchanging clarity.
The rest of this year will feature a few more additions to the Addovolt Explorations short documentary series (those will be online and available for viewing) and then, beneath the radar, I'll be shooting the feature length horror/comedy film--project code-named "DRPTN"--that we've been planning for a while now.
I know that the Addovolt Explorations short documentaries aren't exactly lighting the internet on fire but that's okay. I was hoping that more people would enjoy them but it's not the end of the world if people aren't really feeling that particular project series. I do them primarily as technical exercises and in order to dig into subject matter that I typically don't get a chance to touch. I realize that they're hit-or-miss; like everything else in a series, some videos are better than others.
There's been a nice response to the "Murky Path Down Archer Avenue" episode (it's really kind of a super-boosted edition of Addovolt Explorations rather than a typical video in that series) but that's probably because it's relatively similar in tone/look/approach to some past work that I've done that people respond to the strongest (I'm specifically thinking of "Conquistador", "Dance Macabre", "Phantasmal Voice", "Salome"). That type of project is my favorite type of work to do so we're in agreement on that one. You'll like where things are going and you're really going to enjoy some projects coming down the line but I think it's best that I keep some secrets even when it's tempting to give hints (not this time!).
I'll do a second round of promo for "Murky Path" at the beginning of this fall focusing on regional publications because spooky, historic-paranormal kinds of local interest projects get press towards Halloween but not so much in May (as you can probably guess).
A few still shots from the "DRPTN" project will pop up here on this blog every once in a while, simply as teasers, as production moves along this summer into November.
I also have to create a proper .com website before the end of the year. I made one last year but I pulled it because I didn't like how it turned out. Regardless, I have to start from scratch on that one.
Awareness for "DRPTN" will start around New Year's 2020 and that film is projected to be a Valentine's release in 2020 meaning a few indie screenings here and there, plus traditional promo as far as we can reach with a focus on indies/horror/comedy demographics, followed by global online streaming. So that's what will be going on with that.
I originally wanted to release "DRPTN" for Christmas 2019 but I'm concerned that, as an independent production, I have to be careful that it doesn't get completely lost in the wash of holiday hubbub, all the big studio end-of-the-year hits and award contenders (I can't compete with Disney and Netflix; I'm not completely delu$ional), and the standard December craziness that everyone gets wrapped up in. I have to do myself some favors here. January/February/March is the perfect time to stay indoors and amuse yourself with some new, goofy indie horror film; to give a project like that a chance. Plus there's something totally appropriate about Valentine's Day meshing with the temperament and narrative of the "DRPTN" project.
You'll see what I mean.