Archive | January, 2012

A new year, with much to do!

20 Jan

Dear friends. A delayed welcome to 2012. 2011 was certainly exciting, rich, and unpredictable. Christine and I have high hopes with solid foundations that 2012 can only be equal, if not better, and are very much looking forward to whatever and where ever will come.

So what have we been up to? In December, I finished my final semester of classes at UVU, and Christine nearly the same. It was busy, with us both working and taking heavy university loads, but we managed to get quite a bit done. Between our return to the US in August and December, we had photos from Half Day Around shown in half a dozen galleries and events around Utah. We had a gallery party to show locals what we had been up to, were featured by multiple news papers, and spoke at a university international event after being interviewed on film for a highlight of active students. We also released our first trailer, targeted towards university students who would also have read about us.

In terms of the film itself, we have been working primarily on transcribing and translating the endless video footage captured on our adventure. We have been fortunate to have the help of many Russian/English-speaking volunteers to help in this area. While it is taking some time, doing so will streamline the editing process and ease subtitle work.

And all the while we have been working on sending out post cards to keep in contact. So far we have sent out over 100 of them, and still have more to go! (We have gotten word from a few of you whose postcards were lost in the mail. Please let us know if this happens, as we will want to send another.)

Also, if your address has changed from the one given to us, and we still need to send you Half Day Around paraphernalia please send us a message with your current location and a note if you think it will change again. This will help us greatly.

For those of you wondering about the film, which I would guess is most of you: My hope is that I will have a close to final version out by June. This will then be test-screened with various film-enthusiasts and university connections to help us further improve the edit. Anyone of you who want to participate in initial screenings, in person or via the web, send us an email. We would love to have your help in this. For everyone else, we will release trailers and teasers periodically as well.

For those of you wondering about choosing your prints: We are working on a website where you will be able to view and choose the photo you would like. This way you will be able to see many of our photos that never appeared on the blog, and choose whichever ones you connect with most.

I believe that is all for now. As always, thank you, thank you, thank you again and again.

Tree and Christine