If you’ve been following, over the last 9 months I produced the film With You, which is also the name of Dirty South’s upcoming album. The film is based on the album and exists as an extension of the music – but is most definitely not a music video. It is a narrative, 38 minutes in length (the album is 53 minutes).
We shot in Los Angeles in February/March of this year and it came out this past Tuesday, exclusively on iTunes. That same day it shot to #1, leap frogging films by Pixar, Disney and some other massive companies. It has a lot to do with Dirty South’s fan base, the excellent buzz/reviews the film and music have been getting, and the low price ($2.99). That means a lot, because if you do the math – hundreds of thousands of short films get made each year, only 365 even have a shot at being #1, with most #1’s holding the spot for a length of time. I’m proud of the work we did on this and in the short amount of time it took to shoot and turnaround. It was his first directorial effort on anything but a music video and there was a lot of moving pieces. He dove right into a complicated shoot with a complicated post. And we already have our next few projects lined up… you’ve seen a lot of the rumblings here… stay tuned!
We are hard at work on an animatic for the opening scene from my next animated film, Orient City: The Dark Ronin Chronicles. Zsombor is killing it and the animatic itself is actually done. He even took a few frames and finished them so they are the ‘final’ cells from the film (you’ll see them in due time). He did a pass of sound, then I did a pass of sound… now Dragan has to do a pass of sound and mix it.
Then, we need to add the music. Dragan has some ideas he’s working with – but the general concept is Ennio Morricone with an oriental twist. Like Once Upon a Time in the West meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It will be epic – like the movie itself.
In laying down sounds, Zsombor put some drums to the video. When I cringed and Dragan almost threw up, he was a bit poopy. He really loved his weak-ass drums. Then Dragan broke these out and cheered him up…
I recently returned from a trip to London, where I was in post on the music video for Unbreakable, the first single off of Dirty South‘s new album, With You.
Most people assume we are out partying, hitting clubs and picking up models with other world class DJ’s. These are the same people that think I walk red carpets and that movie sets are a big party. The reality is that we were in the hotel room or at the ATM offices editing about 12-14 hours a day… I’m not complaining, because this is what I love. I just happened to travel across the Atlantic to do my job in London, which is pretty cool.
Headphones straight from David Guetta
Now entering London…
The RE Hotel, the least friendly place in the city. And that’s saying a lot.
A Ping Pong battleground just steps from the hotel
Our tube station during this trip
Nando’s – we need some Portugese Chicken in the US
Zsombor’s artwork for City of Dreams about to go up in the ATM offices
Battle For Terra has made it across the pond all the way to Hungary. Good to see Zsombor Huszka supporting the cause. He needs all the research he can get… cause we’re coming at you with some big news soon.
In June I attended Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. It was the last stop of my spring convention tour and I had heard it was a great convention for comics. After a nine hour drive and a lap around the city, I ventured inside. The convention hall itself was nice, spacious and well laid out. But I think this may be where the problem with the con lies, the hall itself was too spacious. At no point during the con did it feel like it was crowded. That is a problem when booths rely on a crowd to build traction. The rows in artist alley were empty most of the show. I did fairly well there and the fans that did swing through were great, but ultimately I think they may have overestimated the expected crowd.
The album tells a story… and that story comprises the film With You. It was directed by Dirty South and produced by myself and Jimmy Devoti (who also produced White Space). The whole thing was done in-house – we even built a coloring suite at his studio (with coloring by Anthony Harris – who is one of the best in the business). The film stars Cameron Palatas, Nathalie Kelley, Jimmy, Dave Sheridan, Dendrie Taylor, Gary Dourdan and Jearnest Corchado – and will roll out in September with the album. The trailer drops tomorrow so be on the look out for that.
I’m also very proud to say that all of the artwork in the film is by our very own Zsombor Huszka, this includes all of the album artwork (which is inspired by the movie).