Sunday, 20 August 2017

Post Production Begins

We are all back safe and sound from Pamplona! We got a ton (4 terabytes) of great footage while we were there. There were a total of 15 of us working day and night to cover this amazing event. We are planning on starting the full-time post-production effort in October. Its going to be a real bear of a time getting all this info edited down to a 60 min documentary and also an complete interactive website. We plan to be at it well into February. Our goal is still set to launch the site in March and we hopefully will also be able to premiere the film at the same time.

If we are going to meet that goal I will need to hire several more people to assist with the post-production work. Im looking to hire a producer, one senior editor, one junior editor, UX/UI design team and a web development programmer. Of course all that will cost money. Currently I have the post budget set at $225,000 and we need $30K of that before we can start in October.

If you haven’t already seen it, we have a new IndieGoGo campaign setup to fund the post-production. You can check it out here

Feel free to pass that link on to anyone you think might be interested in helping us out.

Thanks,

Neal

May 2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Journey Begins

Everything is packed (that’s only half my bags) and in 12 hours Ill be headed toward España!

It has taken a lot of hard work and planning over the last two years to get to this point. This all started as a small idea I had after reading a passage in Michener’s book Iberia, where he compared fiesta in the late 60s to Hemingway’s fiesta of the 20s.

The concept stayed with me for a while and one night after shooting at Cinequest (San Jose’s premiere film festival) I stayed up way past my bed time talking to a photographer I had just met about my idea. He had been to fiesta before and began to get just as excited about this idea as I was.

Here we are 2.5 years later and we are actually making it happen. That photographer turned out to be Stan Olszewski and he is joining me in Spain in 3 weeks. We grew from just the two of us last year for our scouting trip to well over 20 people involved now. We have student interns for the University de Navarra, some of my former students, some of the most well known runners in Spain, an incredible production coordinator (if you ever need anything in Pamplona you find Stephanie) and even a Pulitzer winning photojournalist (my former professor at SJSU). What a great team!

I feel honored to be working with all these great people. Its very humbling to have them all grab onto my idea and watch as they get excited and help to flesh it out and grow it. !FIESTA¡ now has a life of its own and my job is just to guide it and make sure it all gets done.

See you in Pamplona!

Wednesday, 03 May 2017