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“First Run” Awards

As you may have heard, “Sheol” had it’s first public screening at NYU’s First Run Film Festival this past weekend, and it was received with great aplomb.  We were honored with several awards from our screening block:

Audience Choice Award

“Sheol” was the audience’s favorite film! This means a ton to us – thank you! Read about it on the First Run Blog.

Producing Award – Ryan Patch & Adam Raichilson

Special Commendation for Cinematography – Andrew Michael Ellis

Special Commendation for Production Design – Gian Marco Lo Forte & Carmen Cardenas

Original Score Award – Sam Estes

This is truly exciting to have the film received with such open arms, and for the people who worked so hard creating the world of “Sheol” receive recognition!  We eagerly await the Wasserman Finalists and Awards to be announced on Monday, April 4th, and hope we get some festival-wide awards!

A special thanks to the 75+ people who came out to support and see “Sheol”, it means the world to us!

Premiere Schedule Announced!

Hey Sheolians -

The question has been asked numerous times: “So, when can we see the film?”  Now, finally, I have an answer.

Saturday, March 26th at 8:00pm.

We got one of the best, prime spots in NYU’s First Run Festival, Saturday night, and I hope that everyone will be able to come out and see the film.  We’ll be screening with and around some great films, including my friend Jac Graminga’s “Infallable” in our block, and directly after our block at 10pm,  a film I’ve been dying to see – Ruth Du’s “SIX ’55″ about Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”.

More details will be posted as they become available, including info about the party we’ll have afterward.  But in the meantime, block out your schedules for that night, and watch www.firstrunfestival.com which (I’m told) will have more information next week.

“The Sheol Express” Pulls In – Premiere Info

I’ve got some extremely exciting news for everyone!

Sheol Express on Tape

Courtesy of @ebroms.

Another version of “The Sheol Express” (beta release 4) has been completed, printed to tape, and submitted on HDCam to NYU’s First Run Film Festival earlier this week.  (Before someone says something – I know the tape pictured is a DigiBeta.  We submitted the HDCam – this is the SD master.)  The film is almost finished – there’s just a few last VFX items to be stricken from the list.  Most are small fixes that will only be evident once the film is projected in it’s 2k digital glory on a large screen – the version submitted will screen fine for the judges.

Thus, the premiere of “The Sheol Express” will be at the NYU First Run Film Festival, held from the 24th of March – 4th April 2011.  More details will follow, we promise, but know that the film is indeed alive, and about to be unleashed on the world!


Hey all!

I just stumbled across this the other day, and wanted to share it.  A group of freshmen from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts were doing a documentary project, using sound and pictures, on the NYU film school experience, as seen through “The Sheol Express”.

I hope that y’all like it. The sights and sounds of the set bring me right back to being there!

Be on the lookout for more new video content in the next month, including our offical first trailer, a lot of information about the post-production and finishing of the film, and more blogging about random stuff from Mike and I.  I know you all love it.

Insurance: Resolved!

Hi all! -

We’ve received many questions, comments, and concerns over the last few days about our insurance situation, and we thank you so much for caring about our project!  So, because you’ve been asking… I am pleased to announce: The insurance situation has been resolved!

I actually have my own small production company called “Storytellers, INK” that owns some equipment (including an amazing RED camera rig, the one that we’ll be shooting “Sheol” on). Since I already have a policy to insure the camera, we’ll be able to cover our rentals through the same company – at a price of about $150.00. This is great news, because without pre-existing insurance, equipment insurance like this starts around $800.00.

So, we’ve got that covered. And I would also like to take this moment to say to the world out there that NYU is awesome. I don’t know if anyone from other university communities have heard about this situation, but some students and people around NYU are going as far as to say it’s the “death of NYU” as a prominent film school. This is ridiculous. NYU is a great school because the faculty is encouraging, intelligent, nurturing, and top-notch, not because of our equipment or insurance packages (which are all also great). NYU is still fighting hard for our general liability and location insurance (and will keep it), meaning that we only have to find insurance on rental equipment – not the whole production insurance, which would be another $1000.00. NYU truly did the best thing for its students, and is continuing to fight for us and make our productions possible.

The Saga Continues…

So, on Monday, we submitted our 50-page “production bible” to Tisch in an effort to appease them, to let them know that we are more than caipable of accomplishing this project.  We’ve been in constant communication with NYU about the project, and our Producer has taken steps to reconcile with the NYU administration the problems caused by trying to find the small loopholes we were working with earlier this semester.  We have moved past that, trying to proceed with the utmost honesty about everything.

Today, though, I received this e-mail:

Hello Ryan,
I need to schedule a time for you to meet with the Review
Board regarding a recent incident. 
Please let me know your availability for the week following Spring Break
(March 23 - 27).
Thank you,
Amber Janke

!!!??? – I wonder what this is about!

Our Journey So Far

So, just to give you guys a sense of this production, where we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going, I thought that you’d all enjoy a brief write-up of the timeline of this movie. Where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how quickly! So, without further adieu – the schedule!

July 2008 – Ryan receives e-mail from Advanced Production class teacher Robby Benson, saying that scripts for Advanced project must be ready by first day of call in Fall 2007. Begins batting around ideas. read more »

Another. Slight. $1000. Problem.

Yes, Danny, that’s a shout out to you.  I didn’t even realize that I still used that verbage until you called me on it.

For the uninitiated, in High School, my friend Danny and I made several works of pure genuis – see link - like the gritty, real-life high school drama “Darkroom” that exposed what conditions were really like in high school, and we would often run into problems.  The worse the problem, the more slight it became.  Thus, you never worried your cast or crew on set when you had to pull each other aside and explain the very, very slight problem that you had with our only source of power blowing out.  Or the location being locked.  Or other things like this.  Danny, feel free to chime in with our worse (or more slight) examples.

Onto the current situation.  It’s a very, very, slight problem. read more »

“You Can’t Do This”

That’s what they told us.

According to Robby – Ryan’s Advanced Production class professor (to complicate things, I am no longer at NYU, which upsets some members of the ruling class) – the soundstage authorities doubt our ability to bring this story to life. It’s too ambitious, too big, too messy, too demanding, too intensive, too [adjective].

And, listen, really, let’s shoot straight here for a moment. We haven’t exactly been angels. We needed eighteen hours to cast in Todman – the facility with the soundstage and casting space – and the cap on time was twelve. Our producer pulled some strings; we turned a bit of a blind eye and like magic, got what we needed.

Until, of course, they found out we’d played the system. And no one likes feeling they’ve been played.

Robby, thank God for him, went to bat for us in a panel meeting. “This project must be made,” he said. “It’s beautiful.”

Having won the ire of our bureaucratic superiors, we’ll be walking on glass for the next couple of weeks, submitting drafts and providing details to assuage their fears. We were concerned the meeting could have been a “we’re sorry, but you’re shut down” kind of situation… thankfully, it wasn’t.

We’re full-steam ahead.