a film by R. Zane Rutledge
F R O M T H E T R E N C H E S
Post-Production Report: Finished!
by R. Zane Rutledge,
writer, director, co-producer
(...editor..visual effects supervisor...distributor?...)
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six years after this start of this crazy project, I've called it
done. More than two-and-a-half of those six years I was working
steadily on Hell is Texas -- obviously, it took a good deal
longer than I'd originally planned.
learned a hell of a lot. I consider it my film school. Trial by
fire. And also a unique digital finish that I think represents a
fair example of the next wave for independent, desktop filmmaking.
Visual effects and non-linear editing...at home.
happens next? Well, we'll try to get it seen. It's essentially ready
for a straight-to-video deal. Or movie channels, satellite distribution.
A little editing for language and violence, we'd have a movie ready
for television. I'm planning on submitting to a dozen or so festivals,
maybe make a minor video projection tour. Maybe we'll showcase it
on one of the up-and-coming internet movie venues. Who knows where
it might end up?
fallback to all this -- we just distribute it ourselves, directly
off the 'net. Maybe soon enough it'll be inexpensive enough to burn
our own DVDs.
happens, I look at this one in a positive new light. This little
film project became one hell of a big little film project. The shooting
experience was filled with magic and charm. The finishing experience
was often a frustrating struggle. And it was especially sad to let
it sit unfinished for so long.
an effort to share the unique experience of making it, I offer this
website for your perusal. I'm including a rather extensive breakdown
on the Visual Effects Revealed, offering
an inside glimpse into some of the low-budget effects that took
this "gothic western" from ragged rough-cut to polished final-cut.
also try to keep a regular update going on our Latest
News page. There I'll let you know exactly where we go from
here, and if nothing else -- where you can pick up a VHS (or better)
copy of your own. ;-)
you for your interest in Hell is Texas.
-- r. zane rutledge
september 4, 1999
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