Hello everyone! I would like to first of all state that post-production continues, but so does production, simultaneously. There is so much footage to go through that post work needs to be continuous while we shoot the last bit of the film. I also personally just shot a new feature film called RED MILE, and traveled to Cannes once more, the footage from both to be included in the CLAPBOARD JUNGLE (and supporting additional content). There are also trips upcoming to NY and Fantasia (in Montreal), with the goal to get the last of our interviews recorded by end of summer.
Overall, production will continue until late Fall 2016, with a new release date targeted for March or April 2017. I’ll continue to keep everyone posted as all of this draws near.
The decision to push the release date back is due to multiple factors. Not reaching our Indiegogo fundraising goal meant that our proposed post-production schedule is taking more time due to lack of manpower, I personally didn’t feel I had a good enough ending for the main film yet (which will be remedied this Fall, more details on that soon), and we have been in discussions with some exciting new partners that may help us elevate the project (and subsequent distribution). At the end of the day, the decision is what is best for the film, and has been made to give you the best ‘bang for your buck’ possible.
Regardless, I apologize for the lack of frequent updates. The project is ongoing, I’m just personally too busy to keep posting. This will all ramp up closer to the release date, of course.
Thanks for your patience, and I can’t wait to share what we’ve been creating over these past few years!
We just returned from our trip to the American Film Market (AFM). During the market, multiple meetings were taken and lots of new footage was obtained. In addition to that, a slew of new interviews were collected while in LA, including: Michael Biehn (actor/director – The Terminator, Aliens), Charles Band (CEO – Full Moon Features / director – Puppet Master), Mike Mendez (director – Big Ass Spider, Tales of Halloween), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (actor/producer – Dark Angel, The Victim), Uwe Boll (director – Rampage, Postal), L Gustavo Cooper (director – June, Velvet Road) and Jessica Cameron (actor/director – Truth or Dare, Mania)!
The Indiegogo campaign continues. At this point the fundraising has been slow going, but there is still 22 days left. Please help if you can.
The Indiegogo campaign for the film has now launched, and can be viewed here. We are raising funds for the post-production of the film, and massive amount of additional content that will be available. The page also clearly explains the plans for the film’s release, eventual subscription-based website, and more. If you can, please help and/or spread the word through your social media. Every little bit helps.
We are also shooting the entire process of the campaign for a crowd-funding module and the film itself. The page also unveils two new pieces of news: Chris Alexander has joined the team as an associate producer, and we have brand new poster artwork by Small Dog Design.
The reality of basically self-producing a feature length documentary while simultaneously working full-time within the film industry means that some of the social media and web posting can fall by the wayside. Especially this early in the game (while production is still ongoing and we are a year out from release). This is just a general update stating that production on this documentary has continued steadily, including trips to Brussels and Cannes. Over 70 interviews have been collected at this point, with even more at the upcoming Fantasia Film Festival later this month.
We have recently had some great new key art created by Small Dog Design, which we will be unveiling in August, along with some other big news. Until that time, this site will remain basically quiet. The documentary has a very ambitious future ahead of it, and soon this site will spring to new life.
In the meantime, you can listen to me talk more about the plans for this film on the Craft Truck Podcast.
Fangoria Magazine was kind enough to host an exclusive director’s statement written by Justin McConnell.
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Welcome to CLAPBOARD JUNGLE, the new documentary from director Justin McConnell. Intended as a survival guide for the modern independent filmmaker, head on over to the About The Film section for more details, and check out the extensive list of interview subjects that have already been recorded.
The film has been in production since February 2014, quietly shooting under the codename ‘Slate & Game’. Since then we’ve collected 56 interviews so far, and shot countless hours of supporting footage. Most recently, a trip to LA was completed in which 16 interviews were obtained, including with such notable figures as Tom Holland, Brian Yuzna, Dick Miller and more!