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It’s Day 8 of the 9 Days of TILTness.  It’s Day 8!  It’s Day 8!  It’s Day 8!  It’s Day 8!

If you missed the 7th day of TILTness, catch up here.  If you’re all caught up, here’s the 8th…




It’s Day 7 of the 9 Days of TILTness, and there is lots to talk about, so hop right in!

If you missed the 6th day of TILTness, catch up here.  If you’re all caught up, here’s the 7th…


Well, hello 4th Day of TILTness, my review of the production of TILT, from my perspective.

Ready for the 5th Day of TILTness?

Welcome to the 3rd Day of TILTness, my review of the production adventure that was TILT. First, watch the video to find out why I mention Lucas McNelly. THEN you can go check him out here.

I edited this video down to only 8 minutes today.  Enjoy!

If you missed the 2nd day of TILTness, catch up here.  If you’re all caught up, here’s the 3rd…

Ready for the 4th Day of TILTness?

(This is a repost of our Kickstarter update page from last Friday)

Hello everyone. Today I wanted to write a little bit about something that is mentioned in our $100 incentive: short films. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love short films. Shorts have a way of telling a story, opening up characters, and stirring your emotions in a matter of minutes.

The “secret” shorts that we will be making aren’t really a secret. They have been part of the overall plan for the TILT experience since early on. We just haven’t talked about them publicly. Well, that ends now.

Because the shorts are mentioned on the $100 incentive, I have received a few questions about them. So, let me lay out a few facts about TILT: The Shorts.

  • There will be 4 short films.
  • Each short will give a peek into the life of one of the supporting characters.
  • You will not have to see the shorts to watch the feature, or vice versa. But why wouldn’t you?
  • The shorts will be the 1st things that we edit.
  • As they are finished, the shorts will be available for a limited time to our $100+ backers for their input.
  • They will then be released to the internet for everyone to check out, free of charge, while we edit the feature.
  • They will also be included as a feature in the Special Edition DVD. (and the iPhone/iPad app, but we’ll talk more about that later)

That’s right, we are about to make, not only a feature film, but 4 short films as well. Are we up for the task? Absolutely! The biggest question hanging out there now is: Why? Great question. Thanks.

The answer… because we can. Oh, ok, not just that. You see, Julie & Jessica have created a very rich fictional version of my hometown of Brainerd, MN. The characters are well-written and developed with fantastic back stories. Unfortunately, if we told all of these stories, TILT would be about 10 hours long. Besides, TILT is mainly about a father & a daughter, Paul & Liz. Those other characters will just have to go get their own movies. Which is exactly what happened. Four of these fabulous supporting characters will have a short film that will allow you a glimpse into their life. A glimpse probably not seen by their own friends and family, but you’ll get to be there. Will they be scary, funny, or sad? You’ll have to watch them all and see.

Will it be a lot of work? Sure, but it will also be really cool! Besides, you’re all helping us with the hardest part, the funding. You are all so amazing. We couldn’t do it without you. The last couple weeks have been an amazing ride. Thank you so much for coming with us.

TILT: The Team

We are happy to announce that our new music collaborator is…Bill Finn!

Bill had an impressive showing in the TILTtheScore Contest. He won the 3rd round of voting with 40% of the total votes and placed a very close second in the final round with almost 170 votes.  He has a BA in guitar performance and will be attending the University of Leeds this fall to study music history and composition.  We thoroughly enjoyed his contest submission, but one of the other things that grabbed us was his upbeat attitude. Here’s what he has to say about getting feedback:

“One of the best ways to learn and grow is by criticism, good or bad. Hell, Thom York’s response to a bad review about Pablo Honey was The Bends!”

We love Bill’s attitude and look forward to getting to know him better as TILT races toward the finish line.  Congratulations, Bill!  Welcome to the team.

Choosing a winner from our finalists was the most difficult thing we’ve done in our TILT journey so far; each of them had the skill to produce a resonating and successful score.  If you’re looking for your own indie movie music collaborator, we encourage you to check them out:

We’d also like to thank EVERYONE who voted, commented, and spread the word about this contest. The outpouring of support and encouragement for us and for the contestants was overwhelming, and we are dedicated to creating the best movie possible so that we can share it with you.

So what’s up next for TILT?

  • Julie & Jessica are putting the finishing touches on draft #4 of the script. (Scary!)
  • Jeremy is gathering equipment and ideas for the look of TILT. (Fancy!)
  • Phil is in the throes of casting. (Business-y!)
  • More contests, ’cause it seems like you kinda liked that last one… (Vote-y!)
  • And soon…announcements about how YOU can get involved with TILT!

The contest is over.   Over 750 voters have spoken (in the final round alone). And we NEVER could have predicted these results:

We couldn’t believe these results either.  Take a look:

  • Since we have a tie for 3rd place, we’ve decided to choose our TILTtheScore composer from the four contestants listed above.

  • In addition to the composers, we’d like to thank everyone who kept up with this contest.  Over 1500 votes were cast throughout this competition, and we’re touched and overwhelmed by the response.  We hope you’ll all be up for giving us feedback on other aspects of this movie; we promise to make the best film possible.

The winner of the TILTtheScore contest will be announced on June 3rd, so stay tuned. We’re only at the BEGINNING of this movie-making journey!  If you’d like us to keep you posted on new developments, please sign up for our free newsletter.