Today in the world of Augustus, stuff happened. We launched everything! What’s more, we announced that we’re releasing The Immortal Augustus Gladstone in collaboration with our favorite blog… Boing Boing!
We’ll talk more about all of this in coming posts. For now, in handy list form, here’s some of the exciting Augustus stuff that happened today:
Hi friends and followers of Augustus! As you can tell, we haven’t posted for awhile. The reason? We’ve been focusing on the release of film. So please stay tuned (or click the “follow” button at the bottom of the page) because we’ve recently made some cool progress and we’re anxious to tell you about it! Just not quite yet.
Left - Tom Olson, who plays the part of Tommy.
Right – Robyn Miller, who is me.
Middle – the back of the elusive and enigmatic Jimmy Chen, who plays the part of the elusive and enigmatic Jimmy Chen.
As we stood talking, I suddenly realized this was the first time that Tom and Jimmy had ever met one another! I’ve seen their characters hundreds of times together on film so I had a profound sense that they had already met! It was a weird moment!
The night was a blast and it wonderful seeing the cast and crew again (thanks cast and crew!). It was especially fun being able to screen our film in Augustus’ hometown!
Still from The Immortal Augustus Gladstone
The Oregon Independent Film Festival has announced their award winners for 2013 and we are thrilled that they’ve chosen to award The Immortal Augustus Gladstone BEST PICTURE!!!! They’ll be making a public announcement very soon; they said it was okay for us to make an early announcement!
We will be premiering Augustus at the festival. In Portland! Which for us is perfect, because Augustus’ story is set in Portland. Augustus will be returning home! :-)
Much of our crew and cast will be attending. So if you’re in the Portland area, or anywhere for that matter, tickets to the festival are on sale now! We’d love to see you there!
And so much thanks to OIFF for this incredible honor!
As you can see, we’ve roughed together a few mockups for our cover art. We’ll be taking three or four of the above to evolve a bit further. And this is where you come in!
Please help us choose!
Our cover needs to accomplish (at least) two things:
- Visually assert itself amidst the fray at any online video store (iTunes, Netflix)… and make you think “Wow! That looks unique and intriguing and kinda cool! I think i’ll click on it!”
- Communicate the general character of the film.
So jump right in there and let us know what you think! Which are your favorites? Why? Which ones do you hate? Why? And by the way, what is your favorite film box cover of all time?
- The above image is big… click to open a large version and zoom in.
- Refer to individual covers by using letters and numbers provided on the image (A-1) (D-7)
- Yes, we really are using your input!
Thanks for your help!
Our current Immortal Augustus Gladstone package/poster art — work in progress.
I recently did this short interview for the Retro Game Music Bundle about our film (and other subjects). Check it out… there’s some interesting revelations about the film.
On a slightly different topic, I was honored for the Myst Soundtrack to be included the latest Retro Game Music Bundle (cost: $1). As a 20th anniversary of the release, we’ve remastered the music and designed a new cover!
We realize we haven’t updated you for some time. Sorry about that: we’ve been very busy. We decided to take some more time to rethink and re-edit the film. We’ve cut scenes, changed scenes, even added scenes, and we’re feeling very happy with the results.
Because of the edit, I have two more pieces of music to write (I’m finishing up one today). After that, the film is complete. Unbelievable! And we’ll be on our way to releasing it!
What is the Film About?
We haven’t really explained, so I’ll try to convey it quickly.
Augustus Gladstone is a man who believes he’s a vampire and immortal. He feels the rest of us have the whole vampire thing all wrong: there is no such thing as vampires with sharp teeth or vampires who are repelled by crosses. He’s politely miffed about the depiction of vampires in films. This is one of the reasons he’s so thrilled about the presence of our documentary crew; he’ll be able to clear up this whole vampirism mess.
Augustus’ roommate Tommy (Tom Olson) can barely abide our cameras and takes off whenever we’re around. (We do eventually get to talk to him.)
Living in a vacant hotel, Augustus is starved for attention. More than anything, he desires family, which ultimately leads Augustus and the crew on something of an adventure. Enough said.
At this risk of disappointing some and exciting others, I’ll disclose this: The Immortal Augustus Gladstone isn’t an actual documentary, and is instead a work of fiction pretending to be a documentary! We choose the documentary vernacular for the sake of believability (and because it was a fun and challenging way to make a film!).
I personally can’t wait for you to really meet Augustus! Stay tuned–it should be soon!
If you didn’t know, Augustus believes he’s immortal and, by the time we make our film about his life, he believes himself to be over 150 years old! So he has some strange stories to tell.
(press play – continue reading – use imagination)
The above musical piece plays as Augustus tells the story of his friendship with Count Robert Montesquiou, a member of the French bourgeoisie. Augustus believes to have lived with and learned from Montesquiou during the early 1900′s… Augustus now looks back at this time as happiest part of his life.
Everything about this project, from the production through to the marketing, is grassroots… we would be tremendously grateful if you helped us spread the word! How? Embed our teaser trailer or our film clip on your blog or website (or facebook page, etc…). Or push one of those “share” buttons that you see right below this post to tell others about this song (reddit, facebook, etc..). Or just telling your friends or family about our project helps a ton!
And in the meantime, we’re trying to get our film released as soon as humanly possible! We can’t wait for you to see it! Thanks for reading!
(keep listening – when music stops, press repeat)
NOTE: Forgot to mention… For those of you who enjoyed my previous music, I composed the soundtrack for the film.
If you’re in the San Francisco area sometime between March 25th and 29th, I’ll be giving a “Postmortem” on Myst at the Game Developers Conference (at the Moscone Center). And I guess this means I, now wiser and somewhat closer to death, will look back and talk about what might have made Myst so popular. I’m looking forward to it! Not death… just giving the presentation and maybe getting the chance to meet some developers whose work I admire! And I hope to meet you there if you’re able to make it!