Two night ago, on September 13, 2018, we had a premiere showing at the Fine Arts Theater in downtown Asheville. As the nearly packed audience settled and the lights dimmed, nervousness settled in my stomach.
You see, I hadn't watched the last few edits of the movie because it was apparent we couldn't make too many changes around a year ago so I figured there wasn't much else I could do. Also, I wanted it to feel distant enough that I could really enjoy watching it in the theater.
But what if they don't like it, or worse, don't laugh?
With many movies, there are complex reasons why an audience member may like or dislike a movie. Acting, stories they can relate to, sets, and if the actions scenes show the right amount of gore.
For comedies, all these things are at play to some degree, but the real measure of success is very simple.
Did they laugh?
I think it was a good idea to warm the audience up with our award winning short, "Joint Effort". Another comedy that was very funny.
I sat next to leading actor, Matt Shepard on my left and my son to my right, with my wife next to him. Matt and I were similarly anxious. What if no one gets it?
Just because we spent 2 years writing the script and another 6 filming and in one stage of post production or another, it doesn't mean it will work.
But as the film opened and the various demonic and angelic characters came on screen, people did laugh. And to our relief, the pacing of scenes and jokes kept up enough to keep the jokes--and the laughter--flowing.
Watching characters I had made up, and who lived in my mind for so many years, come to life was a supreme delight. Can it make up for the epic delays that resulted from a micro-budget? I don't know. This was a labor of love and an ode to the angels and demons who live on our shoulders and try to get us to do things.
But beyond all that, this really did come together. It looked good, the lighting and set design seemed like they belonged to a much more expensive movie. The music and special effects were excellent and way better than we should have hoped for.
There are so many people to thank, I would have to refer you to the credits at the end of the movie to see the cast and crew as well as the many generous kickstarter backers who believed in us (and waited so long to see the results.)
I know we will be selling DVDs soon and that there will be some other theater showings, but for now, I'm still just settling into the sweet feeling of seeing results from something that began ten years ago.
Below find the small group of behind the scenes shots from 2012 and the new finished trailer for the movie itself.
Stay tuned for more updates.