Announcement #1: Tough Case is Done with Film Festivals
Yes, I will not be raving about Tough Case on social media anymore. We do have other things in the pipeline that we want to throw in your face. But give it time. We're still burdened with brushing our teeth and stir-frying food and making money to buy those toothbrushes and veggies. As much as we enjoy saying we are filmmakers, we would deserve the title more if we were undead, so we can genuinely dedicate our lives to the craft.
Stefan and I are shaving off obligations. We still eat our veggies, but we work less in the money-making kind of way, choosing to live thrifty. We didn't just make time for us, but for you, too. Have a project you need help with? Totally contact us. We're all about helping our neighbors.
Announcement #2: A Quack is Back!
Our friend and fellow filmmaker has just graduated from UC Davis and has rejoined the Flat Pack as a real, physical person (albeit a rumored cyborg). The past four years, Julian Conrad has renovated the UC Davis film group as technical director, transforming it from a club to a legitimate nonprofit renamed Aggie Studios. Julian has camera sense and biz sense. So unless he needs to recharge during one of his rare sleeps, you'll be seeing this guy in the Sonoma County filmmaker community soon.
Announcement #3: Flat Quack Films is expanding!
We're soon to launch a new branch to Flat Quack Films, where we take out all the sarcasm and try to tell people "No. We really are good at what we do." At the Flat Quack studio, our motto is "we have no budget." But when we want to get paid, well, we decided to re-think some stuff.
We're not rebranding, just putting on another face when necessary as we move toward producing products rather than (as our parents call them) "funny skits". Since in a past life I was a professional blogger and in my present life I am a web developer, my plan for Flat Quack Films is to be our marketer. Since I'm insecure about being the new voice of FQF, please Tweet lots of love at me!
Announcement #4: My Directorial Debut
I've played a supporting role on Stefan's films for over five years, and until recently I only thought of myself as "the girlfriend." On Tough Case, I gave Stefan feedback on his script, printed the label for the bottle, created the lame detectives evidence board, played the body double during the Veronica scene, and did sound for most of the film. I was a helping hand, fulfilling her girlfriend obligations.
It wasn't until Stefan said, "You know, you're a filmmaker, too," when I felt I was allowed to be. I am all about the imposter syndrome: I'm not a real filmmaker, or a real writer, or a real web developer. And often times I have to catch myself. It's not about being real or fake: it's about just being.
So I chose to just be a filmmaker and direct a film. It has awakened a surprising beast inside me who is anxious and scared, but I can't imagine a better project to take on.
Announcement #5: We need you, the Sonoma County filmmakers!
We want to be more involved in our community than ever. And here's the many wishes we have:
- To judge/put on a film festival
- To be a part of a successful and loving (screen)writer's group
- To teach youth about filmmaking
- To continue to make connections with and grow with the filmmakers in our area
- To produce (paid) quality film projects for other people
- To make a feature film
So don't forget about us and keep in touch (about leads, about a writer's group you know or want to start, anything). We're forever thankful to know all you great people and hope to be building the future of wine country filmmaking.