5000+ minutes streamed, comments & reviews

Here’s a few updates:

Will Reading has now streamed over 5000 minutes on Amazon Prime Video! It’s right here, ready to be watched – and we sure could use a five star review! We’ve been stuck at 12 reviews for a while now.

And speaking of reviews, we’ve received a few reviews in the way of comments on YouTube at the movie’s trailer:

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So, yeah, this is a thing that is starting to happen for some reason. Why? I couldn’t say. Will Reading includes no cannabis use or even references. Now if that’s what you’re looking for, check out Harold & Kumar, Half Baked, Pineapple Express, How High, Cheech and Chong and so forth… and watch Will Reading, too! But is it a stoner comedy? I… I don’t think it meets the criteria, but who am I to judge? Maybe Will Reading is to a stoner comedy as red wine is to chocolate – meaning, Will Reading pairs well with recreational marijuana. Could be! Maybe someone could do some research for us and let us know the results!

If you’ve seen the movie and have a second, please drop us a five star review on Amazon! It’d really help us out by upping our visibility in Amazon’s search results. Just click here, scroll down and drop us a few words:

See? One word will do! So if you have a change, please drop us a five star review. Thanks!

Outtakes and bloopers from kitchen scene (Will Reading 2020)

Here’s some outtakes and bloopers from the kitchen scene.  And this is just a taste – there aren’t just more from the movie, there’s more from this part of the movie!

Will Reading is now available to watch free with Amazon Prime!  You can watch the movie here.

You can find us on social media, ALL THE SOCIAL MEDIA!  We’ve got a ton of short videos coming, so check us out!
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Drop us a Review!

As you may know,  Will Reading is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video! It’s a very exciting time – and, it’s kind of bizarre to go to Amazon and see the movie in search results with big budget Hollywood movies. But the thing is, it’s generally buried, found pages and pages deep in Amazon’s search results.

We’ve been working on the movie for so long, it’d be nice to think of this stage of digital distribution as the last step, but it’s not. We’re trying to get the word out, and it’s not easy. But there is a way YOU CAN HELP!

One of the easiest ways to help the Amazon algorithm help other users find the movie is by writing a five star review, which you can do here. It’s easy to see that lots of people have watched the movie (Nearly 3500 minutes streamed so far!), but not everybody has been able to write a review. If we could get half of the folks that watched the movie to give us a five star review, we’d probably have around 20 reviews.

MATH: The thinking here is with 3500 minutes streamed DIVIDED BY 80 minutes (the 1 hr, 20 minute running time of Will Reading) equals 43.75 views – assuming people watched the entire movie and saw the post credits scene. (FUN FACT: The post credits scene has always been in the script, all the way back to first 2013 version of the script.)

As you can see at the review above, a review doesn’t have to be long – even a single word will do.

Oh! “Not everybody has been able to write a review.” This is true. Sure, some people watch the movie at night, so when it’s over they’re ready for bed, no time to write a review. Hopefully, they’ll get to it eventually. But other people who are to close to me have been blocked from writing a review. Makes sense – they’re biased, the system knows we’re connected, I get it. I, of course, can’t write one either.

But maybe you can! If you have a minute to spare, write us a review here and soon, your reviews and others like it will propel it up the charts so when folks look for something to watch on Amazon, Will Reading comes up.

If you’re jazzed to help us, another thing you can do while you’re on Amazon is to add it to your watch list. Every little bit helps! And if you’re on social media and you don’t mind telling your friends/followers about your Will Reading experience, that’d be great, too! Here’s a helpful image we’ve been using to market the movie.

Thanks to everyone for helping us get the word out about Will Reading! We’re so happy to have the movie available for everyone to see and we appreciate your help in making the digital distribution a success!

FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

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Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@willreadingmovie
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WillReadingMov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willreadingmovie
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfTzu1kabJv1kW8-ZQMc3sg
Official: https://willreadingmovie.com/

New Promo Videos, 3000+ minutes streamed!

Since Will Reading started streaming on Amazon Prime video, we’ve released a series of promotional videos to celebrate! You can see them all here, but they’re on all of our social media.

Insta:    https://www.instagram.com/willreadingmovie/
Tiktock: https://www.tiktok.com/@willreadingmovie
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WillReadingMov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willreadingmovie
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfTzu1kabJv1kW8-ZQMc3sg
Official: https://willreadingmovie.com/

In other news, the movie has now streamed on Prime Video for over 3000 minutes! I can hardly believe it, but the metrics don’t lie. Check it out and please leave a five star review! Thanks!

Streaming Version of Will Reading DIFFERENT than Screener Version

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Will Reading is now streaming on Amazon Prime! But maybe you already knew that.  And maybe you already saw it way back when we sent out the Screener Edition DVDs.  But guess what?  The movie has changed quite a bit since then!

After our screening, I realized the movie had problems I hadn’t really noticed until I saw the movie on a giant screen with an audience.  There were pacing issues, a lack of visual spectacle, all sorts of things that needed changing.  AND CHANGE THEM WE DID!

Now, we think we have the best version of the movie possible, and its out there for everyone to see. So even if you saw it before, it’s time to give Will Reading a second look!  And drop us a five star review, those are SUPER HELPFUL!

There’s all kinds of stuff happening on our social media pages, so be sure to follow us!  And remember, if you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, Will Reading is now streaming on Amazon Prime!

Insta:          WillReadingMovie
TikTok:       WillReadingMovie
Twitter:       WillReadingMov
Facebook:  WillReadingMovie
YouTube:    Will Reading
Official:       WillReadingMovie.com

Congrats, Reviews, 1000+ minutes streamed!

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First, a big congratulations to the cast of Will Reading on the debut of the movie streaming on Amazon Prime!  They worked hard and waited a long, long, LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time for this!

In other news, user reviews on Amazon are starting to trickle in:

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Pretty neat, huh?

And the movie is performing better than I expected – we’re already passed the 1000 minute streaming mark inside the first few days, something I thought would take two weeks or so!

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There’s all kinds of stuff happening on our social media pages, so be sure to follow us!  And remember, if you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, Will Reading is now streaming on Amazon Prime!

Insta:          WillReadingMovie
TikTok:       WillReadingMovie
Twitter:       WillReadingMov
Facebook:  WillReadingMovie
YouTube:    Will Reading
Official:       WillReadingMovie.com

 

Watch Will Reading on Amazon Prime!

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Will Reading is now available to watch free with Amazon Prime!  You can watch the movie here.

I wish I could express what an exciting moment this is for us – it’s a moment that’s been about a half dozen years in the making!  But it’s finally here!  The movie is out there for everybody to watch!

Please feel free to contact us if we can provide additional information or other watching platforms.

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Tiktock: https://www.tiktok.com/@willreadingmovie
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/WillReadingMov
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YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfTzu1kabJv1kW8-ZQMc3sg
Official: https://willreadingmovie.com/

Will Reading is coming to streaming

The Will Reading to do list is getting shorter!  Here’s what I have left:

  1. record voice over on March 8
  2. edit in voice over recording
  3. verify sound on about 60 minutes of the movie

I’m that close!  I don’t want to give a date, but Will Reading is coming to streaming!  And it’s going to be soon –really soon. I am so excited to share this final version of the movie with everyone.  It’s been a long road, and there were a few times where the problems looked insurmountable, but finally, we’re going to get to share the movie with the world.

Get excited!

2 more shots

After I watched Will Reading with an audience, I was struck by two significant flaws:

1. The beginning of the movie is unbearably slow

2. There weren’t enough memorable images

The first problem was the biggest of the bears. I came up with what I thought was a solution, but after executing it, I found that it just didn’t work. In fact, adding three minutes to the front of the film turned the movie into a confusing mess.

This sent me back to square one: how do I open the movie in a way that is both intriguing and well paced? I decided to simplify my approach and focus on tightening up shot length, swapping out the music and adding a few new shots that would open up the first few moments of the movie. This made a big difference and with a solution finished, I was able to move on to the final bit: making the movie look a bit more cinematic.

Ultimately, for the opening of the film, this meant adding three more shots and changing the composition of a few existing shots as well as other trims and minor changes. I doubt anyone but me would notice the majority of the work, but I do think the film moves along at a much better pace now.

So is this it? Is it finally done? I don’t know. I still have to cut in these last two shots and I’m not entirely sure they’re going to work, meaning I’m going to have to shoot them again. I was outside, it was windy, cold and I was working alone. These are not great conditions to shoot in, but it was the best I could do at the time. I might have to call in reinforcements and start from scratch. Fortunately, it’s just two relatively straight forward shots and if I can’t cut them in successfully, reshooting them is not the end of the world.

UPDATE: audio mix, audio editing, scene lock

The movie is getting closer to being finished, although I haven’t had much time in the last few months.  Now that I’ve finished the 5.1 audio mix and other editing, I’m doing a final check on shots and levels before I lock the scenes for good – meaning I’m hoping to never touch the movie again.  For example, today I found a shot where a glass was put on a table, but you don’t hear the sound of the glass actually making contact with the surface.  I added in the sound effect from another shot.  Good times.

I’ve also swapped out some of the music – I’m working on bringing up the “feel” of the pace, particularly early in the movie.  Swapping out a slower song and replacing it with something faster and more upbeat seems to change the perception of how long the scene “feels” rather than how long it actually takes.  You can see a visual example of this anytime you watch baseball on television; if you count along with how often they switch to a different camera angle, it’s often as short as three seconds!  I’m also a big fan of this visual editing technique, especially when the entire cast is sitting at the kitchen table and barely moving.

So here’s the deal: I’m using this post as a “To Do” list, so if you’re following along, here’s what I’ve got left.

Scenes that need work

Scene 0: need to pick up three shots

scene 18: pick up “fire” shots

The following scenes are LOCKED

1 thru 10

The following scenes are LOCKED

11 thru end

Scene 11 is made up of a bunch or so small scenes (numbered 11, 11.1, 11.2 and so on) and it’s one of the big bears of the movie.  Any time I get thru scene 11 on one of these checks, it’s a big deal, and hopefully, this will be the last time I look at anything.  I’ve still got more than half the movie left, but I’m trying to force myself to find time for this work every week, if not every day.

UPDATE: 5.1 audio mix, new cut and other changes

It’s been a long road, but the 5.1 audio mix is almost complete.  Agonizing over mixing each and every voice, sound and musical cue from a general mix standpoint and then into the 5.1 format is a big job and I’m so excited it’s nearly completed.  Some bits of the movie are harder to mix than others and seeing the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel is a huge relief.

That’s the thing about independent film: you have no release date, so you could work on it forever, so the possibilities are infinite, but there are only so many hours a day for me to work on the movie (sometimes none) – so time is a finite resource….  I guess it would be a finite resource even if I had nothing to do each and every day but work on the movie, which is not the case.

So anyway, the audio mix is almost done. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’m working on a new cut of the movie.  That specifically means I added a new scene and I recut the original first scene of the movie, which took about thirty seconds out of that opening, a segment we were referring to as Katie Weigl, Hand Model.  And that part is still in the movie, but the pace is much faster and, in some cases, in a slightly different order.  I also made other changes as I came across them – for example, there were these two shots in the movie I hated and I finally realized I could change them.  It was a simple fix, but it took me a while to realize this – once I did, the actual work was easy.  I’ve found that to be the case in almost all instances – thinking up the change is hard, making the actual edit is an almost instant fix.  This is particularly the case in scenes with a lot of moving parts – a fight, for example, is a lot harder to cut than people sitting and talking at a kitchen table.

I don’t want to say exactly when I’ll be done, but I’m finally on the home stretch.  Here’s what I have left:

  1. I’d say I have about ten to fifteen more minutes of the movie to mix into a 5.1 audio format.
  2. Then, I’ll review each scene individually and give it a final “locked” seal of approval.
  3. Finally, I’ll watch the entire movie, hopefully with some people that have never seen it and get some feedback.  There’s something about having folks in the room that gives me fresh eyes and helps me find mistakes.

After all of that is done, we’re going to enter a few more film festivals and investigate the streaming market.  Subscribe to the movie on Facebook or join the email updates to stay informed!

UPDATE: 5.1 Audio Mix for Will Reading (and more!)

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It’s easy to get distracted or frustrated, but now, I’m so close to finishing the 5.1 audio mix of Will Reading that I’m chomping at the bit to get it done.  There’s still a few mountains left to climb, but I’m certainly well beyond the halfway point.

Meanwhile, I’ve also added a few shots here and there and recut a critical opening scene, not to mention the new scene we filmed and added to open the movie!  Sometimes, it’s hard to tell what you’re missing, and identifying the problem is only the first step because then you have to find the solution!  I think we’ve done that with this new first scene, or “Scene 0” as I the sequence is labelled in the edit.  Meanwhile, I cut about 30 seconds from the movie that no one will ever miss.  I never realized how unbearably slow the pace was until I watched it on a big screen with an audience, so never underestimate a true test screening!

I should also welcome our new cast member, Jeanine Conrad!  She stepped in and did a phenomenal job and we’re lucky to have her in the flick.  Another note:  I’m very excited to add some music from Dylan Curry, who you might better know as Old Cousin Bigfoot – check out his show on YouTube!  His tune really upped the energy at the opening of the movie and it makes a HUGE difference.

Well, that’s all for now.  Stay tuned for updates!

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Will Reading – a new cut

After the Premiere screening of Will Reading in June of 2017, I had some second thoughts about the movie – especially the opening 20 or so minutes.  I’d watched the movie several times at home with friends and family, but it wasn’t until I saw the movie on the big screen with a crowd that certain elements hit me in a way I’d never felt before.  I knew I had to make a change.

It took me a while to come with a fix, but I finally did and this past October, we started production back up and filmed a new scene.  I’m getting close to finishing the rough cut and I’m simultaneously working on a 5.1 audio mix, so hopefully, I’ll have this done soon.

I’ll keep you posted!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

WILL READING has been Preselected for the New York State Film Festival in 2018!

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I am excited to announce that WILL READING has been Preselected for the New York State Film Festival in 2018!  How awesome is that?  (The answer is, “That’s pretty awesome.”)

The 6th Annual New York State Film Festival is taking place from April 13, 2018 to April 15, 2018.  The festival will be at the Cinepolis Chelsea Cinema at 260 West 23rd Street, NY, NY.

Now, I should tell you that “preselected” generally doesn’t guarantee that your movie will get shown at a festival.  It might, it might not… but regardless, we have a laurel on our poster!

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a discarded production idea for Will Reading

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Any time you make a movie, you’re going to have ideas that just don’t make it into the flick.  Such were the custom license plates I came up with for the characters Wayne (Bad Guy) and Wendy (Vegan 1 – just barely a reference to Ghostbusters).  I had a few different ideas on how to accomplish this, but digital replacement seemed like the way to go… but I ultimately decided it wasn’t worth the time and effort.

And so, the idea ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor.

FREE screening of Will Reading TODAY!

Please join us TONIGHT for the world premier ofWill Reading.  That’s TODAY!  Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Ciccone Theatre in Paramus, NJ at 7:30 PM.  You can get your FREE TICKETS by clicking here or calling the box office at 201-447-7428!  (The button says “Buy Tickets,” but trust me – it’s FREE!)  There will also be tickets available at the door.  There will also be a Q&A with the cast and crew after the show!

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Will Reading movie trailer #4: World Premiere! June 21, 2017

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The Will Reading World Premiere is rapidly approaching!  Please join us for free (yes, FREE!) ON Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Ciccone Theatre in Paramus, NJ at 7:30 PM.  You can get your FREE TICKETS by clicking here or calling the box office at 201-447-7428!  (You may see a button that says “Buy Tickets” or something to that effect, but trust me – it’s FREE!)

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