Two of my favorite songs have the word bittersweet in the title. I'll give you brownie points if you can guess what they are. I bring up this fun fact, because it is the only word that can describe my feelings toward my Dead Noon experience.
Bitter, because of the hatchet job the studio did on our fun little movie. I will never understand how they spent thirty times the amount of money on an additional twenty minutes of footage, then we spent making the entire movie. I will never understand how with that money, they made our movie look and feel more low budget, made the story make less sense and drained out almost every drop of humor and quirkiness. Bitter, because I hate, hate, hate the music they replaced our lovely score with and the cover art they used. The music was amateurish and droning. The cover art was lazy and I'm not even sure the artist (I use the word lightly) watched the movie, as there are things on the cover that are not in the film... hence DEAD NOON does not take place at night, nor involve full moons. They took out my favorite scenes, but left lines in that refer to said scenes and therefore no longer make any sense.... the list could go on.
Sweet, because I've never had more fun making a film. We were involved in so many aspects and I truly feel this is our movie, not just some film I'm in. Sweet, because I truly think our version was great and entertaining and had cult-classic potential. I have so much fun watching it. Sweet, because this movie has gone farther then I ever thought possible. I don't know anyone who has sold their project to a studio, especially with such a grassroots budget. But mostly... sweet, because I love everyone involved in this project. It doesn't get better than creating with friends and I'm excited to see where it goes.
It's odd to experience such conflicting emotions over the same project. That being said, we had a fun celebration party tonight commemorating Dead Noon's release. We ate dinner, signed each other's copies, joked about the cover art and watched the special features, including my beloved deleted scenes. It was a great capstone to an interesting chunk of our lives we will now refer to as Done Noon.