I had been holding off on writing any updates until I heard from the two film festivals I entered my latest short Party Pooper into. Alas, both announced their rejection of the film this past week, which only supports my long-held theory that if you have to pay to submit your film to a festival, you won't get in, because most festival organizers fill their programs with work submitted by their established contacts. (Put more bluntly, the majority of festivals only play their friends' films - while taking strangers' money.) I was aware of this semi-scam going in, but figured I'd gamble on Party Pooper because I liked it so much. Oh well, lesson relearned. The film's doing all right on Funny Or Die - it even hit #1 on the "User Picks" list in December - as well as on YouTube. Combined, it's gotten over 3,000 views in less than two months. Not bad for a 7-minute film trying to make it in a 30-second world. You can watch it on FOD here and on YouTube here.
Meanwhile, I've been getting more writing work for studio Blu-rays. Hopefully I will get more of these gigs in 2009. Until then, I have delved back into the world of Web design, admittedly not with a great amount of enthusiasm, but because I need the work.
As for future short films? I have two ideas in my head. Both need fleshing out. But I see no reason why I can't keep churning out shorts this year - even while the endless wait for enough cash to shoot a feature continues. Due to the current economy, I don't predict it will be any easier to find financial backing in 2009 than it had been over the last ten years. Still, to quote Winston Churchill (correctly, for it's often inaccurately quoted): Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in. Of course, Churchill then added, except to convictions of honor and good sense. If I had good sense, I'd probably quit making films. But Winston Churchill wasn't a filmmaker.