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MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

Posted by | April 29, 2013 | A Deliberate Life | 6 Comments

Well, here we are. A day shy of May 1st and it feels like I should already be looking for the end of the summer to round the corner at any minute. Needless to say, things have been inordinately busy in this neck of the woods. And by inordinately busy, I mean fighting tooth and nail to keep my head up and feet under me — which I suppose is better than the dead-in-the-water alternative.

Judging distance. Payette River, ID. Grant Taylor photographer

For those of you playing along at home, most don’t know that in addition to authoring my own blog when I can steal time (and a creative spark), I’ve got a full-time gig writing marketing copy and managing digital and social media for a stable of clients. And Grant has a full-time commercial photography business running at several hundred miles-an-hour. Unfortunately, that means the time we hoped to have available to spend in the edit suite working on the film has suffered. Especially when we have to rely on the good-will and spare time of editor-friends and then fess that up with our own frustrated schedules. I thought I understood just how much labor actually goes into a labor of love. I suppose I should also understand that life has a way of calling its own shots sometimes.

We’ve had nothing short of a fantastic response to our call for pre-orders of the full length film. You all have helped us reach our initial goal, which will allow us to pay for packaging, DVD/CD duplication and actually shipping the finished product to your respective mailboxes. For that we cannot be more grateful. However, we had originally set our sites on finishing everything up in time for a mid-May release of the full-length film — coinciding with the IF4 screening in our home town of Rochester, NY.

Grant and I have since come to realize that we need to do some adjusting for windage. And distance. Actually, it probably wouldn’t hurt to swap out the pea-shooter we’ve been aiming for a 30-06.

So, in an effort to keep you in the loop as best as we can, and manage all of our expectations — we wanted to let you know that we’re looking at getting this thing wrapped-up by July. You have no idea how painful it is for Grant and I to push the release back. We wanted so badly to be able to put copies in all of your hands sooner. But the tough reality is that in order for us to put 100% of ourselves into this and produce a film that will live up to my own neurotic/OCD/creative demands (Grant’s even pickier than me), it’s going to take a little more time.

We appreciate your patience and your continued support. If you all could pass the word, we’d appreciate that as well.

— Matt & Grant

6 Comments

  • Craig Sullivan says:

    Maybe the title should be changed to Establishing My Priorities. If I knew this film was being done by those back east I would not have ordered.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment, Craig. I’ve refunded your purchase. Have a nice day.

  • Peter MacDougall says:

    To many of us, your priorities seem firmly and aptly re-established.
    I am happy to order my copy. Take your time. Make it count.
    Thank you for keeping us in the loop.

    • admin says:

      Thanks, Peter. I appreciate you saying so. We will definitely make it count. Look forward to meeting you at IF4 tonight!

  • Ray Mcdonald says:

    I can hardly wait for the release of the DVD, I have my order in for a copy, if it is as good as the trailer it will be fantastic. When ever I get down or overworked, I watch the trailer and my troubles float away.

    • admin says:

      That’s fantastic, Ray! Thank you for your support. Very glad to hear that the film helps get you past the work-blues 🙂

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