I hate to be the bringer of bad news,
but the film adaptation of My Little Dashie is now cancelled.
Now that is out of the way for people to say “Told you it would never happen” to spark up some flame wars,
for those still interested why this is happening, here is the run down.
I spoke briefly on twitter how I was searching for contacts.
Since now that I took /forever/ to get everything ready for the film to go into production (screenplay, props, music, direction etc)
The current crew that I’ve had collaborating and helping out with the film have all gone separate ways.
- Full Time Job
- Moved to a different part of the country for educational reasons
- And finals at college with no major spare time in hand.
Lately I’ve been scouting around the local area to find people with experience in the film-making world to come on board with the project.
Most of them wanted payment for their collaboration with the project which was out of the question.
Now I know what your thinking at this point:
“Why didn’t you just do a kick-starter so you could get the money?”
I would have started a kick-starter sooner but I couldn’t ask for money from people if I know the film was unbalanced to begin with, It would be as bad as gambling but with others fortune.
Meaning I didn’t have a solid crew, location planning, time management etc and with all of those going on there was a chance the movie was not going to be made, I didn’t want people to give me money on something
even I didn’t know would be published in the end.
Also There was an agreement on how the money would be spent if it did go through, at first was to obtain money towards “Props and Location” and that was it – If I payed money for: Actors, Crew and Animators etc,
there would be a huge copyright problem between that and Hasbro (since it would look like I’m getting too much money from their creation).
In regards back to the contracts thing.
Last year I went to a summer film school that had a lot of experienced students
Some of them have wrote scripts for TV and even won awards for independent short films.
During the film school I did pitched to them the idea, they loved my enthusiasm towards my project and wanted to be on board but all of them said that “they’re moving back to their hometown” in Europe.
My last and only chance left for freelanced experienced local crew members to aid me with the filming was down to this course I’ve applied to now (after just finishing college)
Same location and staff as the Summer film school and I was hoping to finally get the crew members I’ve been anticipating for months after college….
I was wrong.
85% of the students currently I am completely shocked on how the flying heck they managed to get onto this “hard to enter” course.
I talked with some of them and they said “I joined this course at the last second” or “I don’t know what to do in life so I gave this a shot”.
I hate to be the one being smack talk behind other people’s back but this just a major disappointment, I was hoping for at least 5 months after much failure on the outside world for assistance this was the last place I could turn too, that I would get experienced students to help with and not be the most experienced person in the room yet again.
Right now I’m all out of options, the stress levels have been building up a lot (due to people demanding a release date) and so I just want to drop this project for mental health reasons.
It was more than I could chew for an “experienced student aiming for a big independent film adaptation”
I wanted to do it for an achievement stamp, to look back and say “Yeah I did that” but nah, looks like that isn’t going to happen.
Its my fault to blame, I mucked up big time when it came to “organizing and planning” all of this. I’m more of a “Lets just go” than “Lets sit down and think about this” type.
I just started off with the trailer, literally I had nothing else planned other than a few research folders and the storyboard for the trailer. There was no plan in mind about making it a full-length movie (popular demand spoke otherwise)
You see there? that is one place to mess up on, Releasing the trailer first then do everything else later. A lot of waiting for audiences and making them pissed off when deadlines are pushed back further and more stress for you for getting everything done.
Don’t make my mistake if you want to do an adaptation of this film also, follow the guidelines of how films or short films should be made “first being the structure/ideas” then to “scripting”.
Q: What about all of the props and equipment I bought over the years?
A: The props will all go into the attic (maybe give away to charity in a few years) and the filming equipment I’ll keep for now.
Q: What about all of the storyboards, scripts, research and overall progress on the films development and would you share it with others?
A: All of the progress work will be put printed out and put into a folder and everything I worked on will be great experience for other things (literally if I didn’t do this project I would have never self-studied more immensely learning things that pushed me up in the experience ladder)
and as for sharing…As much as I would love to, there’s always gonna be that “Guy who steals and credits as his own work” which has happened so many times before to me, So i’m keeping hold onto the script and possibly never reveal it.
Q: What are you going to do now that this project is canned?
A: Don’t know for sure, Focus more on part 2 of the DoubleK animation comic I’m getting fantastic feedback from, and just fiddle about with things I guess.
Maybe even have plans for some videos featuring MLP, don’t know for sure yet though.
Q: What about the people PMing and DM you on “I want to help out anyway that I can” through YouTube and Twitter? Can’t they help?
A: I had to decline them all because of “long distance” or “needed a logbook of previous projects or experiences”. By declining I mean never responded back because I didn’t want to break it to them that they’ve been declined
Q: What are you going to do to the trailer videos, twitter and site?
A: They’ll be taken down eventually, Twitter account will be closed and the site will be used for hosting public servers, as for the trailer and apology video? Apology video will be taken down immediately to avoid confusion and the trailer might not be taken down. I’ll just stamp a “CANCELLED” title across the thumbnail and add more Cancelled titles to make the point across. If people still don’t get the message that it’s cancelled I’ll take it down (then wait for My Little Spaghetti to re-upload it).
I would like to apologize of the lack of updates and responses from e-mail. I’ve been re-coping from a burn out after the college finale, also for wasting all of your expectations and hopes.
I would say something like “I love you all for helping me” but not fuck that, You all gave me the support I needed (e.g aiding script work, encouragement, offering assistance anywhere else) You guys are amazing, hands down I haven’t had such support for any projects I’ve previously had. You all wanted to see this thing through and I’ve tried my best and beyond, but now all luck has run out, I’m out of options and worn out.
Thank you all, no seriously thank you.
Although this project maybe over and done with, I would like to give out a few links to others who have been adapting this fanfic into a short of feature length film so there’s still something to look forward too.
StormFX3′s MLD Mini-Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch41uZvkvs0
MyLittleDriver’s MLD – The Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztjlIztRH-s
and last my personal favorite for its: style, composition and lighting.
Themizukamii Mizu’s My Little Dashie Animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=extNlkAl_PU
So there are options for other film adaptations to look forward too, I hope they pull it off well.
- Jeno signing off for the last time.