Looking Back at 2016 and the Next Phase for SCOUTS HONOR

snares_whitewater2016 was a very big year for our documentary film “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood.”

The first third of the year was spent producing all the elements for the home video release. Co-Producer John “JT” Torrijos and Assistant Picture Editor Adam Clay, put together over 80 minutes of delete

d scenes and additional content for the Bluray and DVD versions of the movie, and Chelsea Terrill achieved a truly professional and eye catching look for the artwork for the physical copies of the documentary utilizing what she created initially for the “Scouts Honor” movie poster.

As summer approached we pushed hard to get our DVD/Bluray manufacturer to have the movie ready to hand deliver to the Madison Scouts shortly after they arrived in California for their summer tour. Director/Producer Mac Smith presented a large delivery to Executive Director Chris Komnick at the DCI show in Fresno, California this past June (Watch the live unboxing video here). As the Scouts sold copies of the movie on tour throughout the summer months, the contributor copies started shipping out to people who helped fund the making of the movie and we launched our online store right here on ScoutsHonorMovie.com.

Throughout the late summer and fall, we got everything ready for our digital release. The digital debut on iTunes launched on Novemb
er 8th and during the first week we were the 2nd best selling music documentary and in the top 30 documentaries on the iTunes charts. Earlier this month the film became available on two more digital platforms, Amazon Video and Google Play.

It’s been truly rewarding to see the reactions from those who’ve seen the movie. People have taken to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the film and many have referenced how emotional they got while watching it. The movie has averaged some pretty amazing ratings with 5 out of 5 stars on iTunes, 4.9 out of 5 stars on Rotten Tomatoes and 9.3 out of 10 stars on IMDb.There have been nearly 100 user reviews online if you add up those on IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. If you haven’t read what people have been saying about the film, we recommend that you take a few minutes to read some of the reviews.

So what else is in store for “Scouts Honor” in the future? We have already been exploring more viewing options for the film; some of which will make it easier for fans of both drum corps and independent film to view the documentary outside of the United States. Stay tuned for more news about that in the coming
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hunter_trumpet01We would like to take this moment to thank all of you for your amazing support to those who have supported us from the beginning, to those who are just discovering our film for the first time, and to all of those in between.

Best wishes for a wonderful new year!

The Scouts Honor Team

 

“Scouts Honor” now available on Google Play, Amazon Video, and iTunes

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We are thrilled to announce that our drum corps documentary, “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood,” is now available to purchase and rent at the digital marketplaces for Google Play and Amazon Video!  This greatly expands the ways in which you can view and enjoy the movie, including watching the film right on your phone!  As we previously reported, “Scouts Honor” is now offered on iTunes.  So, for those of you who have been waiting for digital distribution to watch the movie, now is the time!

 

From the start, “Scouts Honor” has been a true labor of love.  Our goal has been to shine the spotlight on the marching music arts and share our enthusiasm for an activity and organization which has meant so much to us.  We have a feeling that you also share that enthusiasm and desire to spread the word on the amazing impact that groups like the Madison Scouts and Drum Corps International have on participants and audiences around the world.

 

To that end, one of the most powerful ways that you can increase awareness for the music arts is by generating as much buzz as possible about the digital release of “Scouts Honor.”  If you haven’t done so, please consider purchasing the movie in either the digital or physical form.  And please help us spread the word to anyone who hasn’t yet pulled the trigger on our DVD/Blu-ray, and who would perhaps be interested in a more on-demand way of viewing our film.

 

The more people who purchase the movie digitally, the more exposure that it will get on Google Play, Amazon Video, and iTunes, which will lead to more eyes seeing the film at the digital marketplace.

 

With the holiday season right upon us, remember that you can gift “Scouts Honor” to the music and indie film lovers on your gift list.  And yes, you can gift the film directly via iTunes and Amazon Video, and you can gift someone credit to purchase the movie on Google Play.

 

The film is available on DVD and in a Blu-ray package that includes loads of extra footage, director’s commentary, and featurettes.  Please click here to order your copy today!

 

As always, a great way to help out the project is to spread the word to your friends via social networking.  If you have not had a chance yet, please join our Facebook presence and our Twitter feed (@scoutshonordoc), where we are constantly updating with the latest news concerning the movie that you helped make.
Thanks so much for your continued support!
Mac and Tom

Documentary Filmmaking from a Sound Perspective

Sound is rarely a driving force when it comes to documentary filmmaking, but when two of the key people on the creative team come from the world of post production sound, that often overlooked aspect gets pushed into the foreground. Co-producer and performance music recordist, John “JT” Torrijos, and “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood” director/producer Mac Smith sat down with Master & Dynamic to discuss what inspired them to get into the film business, and sound design.scoutshonor_mac_tempmix01

In many ways, sound was the inspiration to make this music documentary and to help raise the bar on what could be achieved with audio recording and mixing to bring that iconic “live” sound of a World Class drum corps to movie theaters, and now to home theater systems with the home video release, and most recently the iTunes release of the award winning documentary film.

In the interview with Master & Dynamic, Smith says about Torrijos “In 2009, he brought me into a room here at Skywalker Sound and said, ‘Listen to this.’ He didn’t really give me much of a lead up of what I was going to experience. And he played the show that he recorded. My jaw hit the floor. I had never heard the sound of drum corps recorded like this before. Think about it: it’s 150 musicians playing on a stage that’s 100 yards wide, moving at very high velocities. It had never been captured in the way that I heard it.”

Read the rest of the interview on the Master & Dynamic blog “The 10,000.”

The Next Big Step For Scouts Honor

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The Gigantic Cranium team has been working diligently for the past few months on the next big step for our indie film, “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood.” Finally, we are super excited to announce that “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood” is officially on iTunes!

We have had some exciting releases of our movie, with the success of our film festival showings, Gathr screenings in movie theaters across the USA, and our shipping of physical copies of DVDs and Blu-rays to our fans. We have come a long way thanks to the support of you and all that have contributed to the success of “Scouts Honor,” and with our iTunes release, this is our biggest release yet!

Our main mission with this documentary has been to bring the drum corps activity to the world, and hopefully create new fans for the activity who are unaware of it. Thanks to the debut of the docu-series “Clash of the Corps” and the mobility of drum corps social media, we are not alone in our endeavors. With this digital release, it’s our chance to bring this inspiring tale, set in the world of drum corps, to the most people.

Furthermore, we hope to generate as much buzz as possible. The goal with this specific release is to shoot up the iTunes documentary rankings. If enough people purchase “Scouts Honor” from the start of our preorder cycle through the first week of the release, then we will reach our goal. Wouldn’t you like to see a documentary about drum corps end up on the front page of the iTunes store? Help spread the word to anyone who hasn’t yet pulled the trigger on our DVD/Blu-Ray, and who would perhaps be interested in a more… on-demand way of viewing our film (hint hint).

Check the link below to access our pre-order page – and get the word out! It’s an exciting time to be a drum corps fan, isn’t it?

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Sincerely,

The Scouts Honor Team

P.S. Here’s a video to share with your friends…

Why is “Clash Of The Corps” Important?

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Next week is the premiere of an 8 part docuseries, called “Clash of the Corps” on the Fuse Network. It’s a reality show that follows two legendary drum corps, the Blue Devils from Concord, California, and the Cadets from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is an executive producer on this show and his team followed these two rival corps through the 2016 Drum Corps International season.

We follow the marching arts community pretty closely ourselves since we’re actively promoting our documentary feature film “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood” and we can accurately say that the fans of drum corps are either very excited about this show or they have already made up their mind that this is not going to be any good, even though none of the episodes have premiered yet. Drum corps fans can be pretty harsh with their criticism and they are often hard to win over.

Well, we’ve made up our mind about this show already as well, but we don’t just think it’s going to be good, we know that this is going to be huge for the marching arts community. Why do we say that?

  1. csf514dwgaarkvoExposure – The marching arts community is getting showcased on a cable TV network to hundreds of thousands of people; many of which have never heard of drum corps before. Yes, there will be plenty of drum corps fans watching, but don’t underestimate how many new eyes and ears will be exposed to the subculture that we know and love for the first time.
  2. Association – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson brings a huge amount of clout to this project. He’s a household name and people expect a certain level of quality from him. His association with this project creates a huge amount of publicity. Yesterday, the very popular blog, Deadline Hollywood published an article about “Clash of the Corps.” Who knows how many other major news outlets will jump on publicizing this show just because “The Rock” is involved.
  3. Inspiring Young People – You’d be crazy if you said that this reality show won’t bring new fans to the activity. We all know the moment that we were first exposed to drum corps and that event changed our lives. Why can’t this show be that for some young people who have never been exposed to DCI before? Maybe it will only be a few dozen, but I bet there will be kids showing up to drum corps auditions in November because they saw this show and that was their first exposure to this activity.
  4. Building New Fans – Creating adult fans is just as important to the marching arts activity. They are the ones who not only purchase tickets to live shows and buy merchandise, but they can be the ones that make a difference by driving vehicles, sewing uniforms, building props, cooking meals and helping out anywhere that’s needed. You may think that those volunteers are only parents of marching members, but we’ve met a number of adult volunteers who don’t fall into that category.
  5. Showcasing a Positive Youth Activity – We live in interesting times, and our culture certainly needs positive activities for our youth. The timing of this show seems perfect to us, especially when people are tired of seeing the same stuff over and over again on social media and television. The young people who participate in drum corps work so hard and are truly inspirational.

While there have been many documentaries that focus on drum corps, there has never been a reality show on this subject. I’m sure it was hard for the people behind this series to figure out exactly how to make it work. They are creating something brand new, and even if it’s not perfect, you have to give them some respect for doing it. They are setting the bar for the way this activity will be portrayed in this format. Fans of drum corps have been critical about some of the promotional images, and we understand that, but cut them some slack. The marketing people are most often not the same people who are creating the show. zvthajl

The bottom line is that building a larger fanbase for the marching arts helps all of the organizations involved. More kids want to participate, more dollars (and volunteers) come in to support these groups, which allows more marching bands, drum corps, indoor drum lines, color guards, and other related organizations to form with a higher chance of being successful. Seems like a big win for everyone.

It was announced yesterday that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will host an exclusive look at the first episode of “Clash of the Corps” on Tuesday, October 4th on his Facebook page. This seems like the perfect opportunity to grab some friends, or family members who aren’t very familiar with drum corps, and have a viewing party. You know we’ll be watching!

The Scouts Honor Team

FREE Shipping on DVDs and Blurays of SCOUTS HONOR

Through Labor Day weekend, order the award winning, documentary film “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood” and get FREE shipping on all orders within the USA. We have limited numbers of the film on DVD and Blu-ray, so get a copy while you can.

Check out what other people are saying about the film on both Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDb.

Thanks for your support!

The Scouts Honor team

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

August is a special month for the drum corps activity.

The regionals become more frequent, the audiences get bigger, the scores get tighter, the competition becomes more fierce, and everyone gets that much closer to the perfection they’ve been working toward since they started the journey in the first place. It’s crazy how fast DCI Finals week sneaks up on you once you hit the ground running in June.

For the Scouts Honor crew, August is a special time for us too. After years of anticipation – trust us, we couldn’t wait to get it out there too – we finally started shipping physical copies of Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood to both our contributors and our webstore customers. Do you have your copy yet?

Better yet, if you can get your hands on our Ultimate Blu-Ray you’ll get access to deleted scenes not seen ANYWHERE else.

So far we’ve loved hearing all your wonderful reactions to the movie. Here’s some of our favorites:

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Even Janina Gavankar (of True Blood and The League fame) had wonderful things to say about Scouts Honor!
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If you keep up with us on Facebook, you may have seen that we love the pictures our fans have sent us. Please continue to send us more of your pics to info@giganticcranium.com and we’ll be sure to show you some love on our page as well!

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The enthusiasm from the drum corps community has been amazing, and it helps us in more ways than you could know. Please keep it coming!

If you haven’t yet, leave us some reviews on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes – we can always use more positive public visibility.

This really is an important month for us, as well as drum corps as a whole, and we have some exciting news planned later this month! Let’s keep the energy going – keep spreading the word about the movie as we build momentum through the end of the drum corps season.

The sky’s the limit on the kind of visibility we can finally bring to the drum corps activity. None of this is possible without the amazing support of our fans. The Scouts Honor crew really can’t thank y’all enough.

Onwards and upwards!

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Drumroll Please….

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A few days ago we reached a milestone. The Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps just finished a tour of our Northern California neighborhood for the first time in 12 years and Mac and JT have been busy hitting the shows and spreading the word about the movie. To top everything off, we received the first shipment of the physical copies of the DVD/BluRay of “Scouts Honor.” We even filmed Mac opening up the boxes! If you haven’t got a chance, check out the video here:

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This is in many ways a culmination of a five-year process that started with a text message and blossomed into a feature-length film that you have all helped to see to fruition.

As you can see from the video, we have decided to donate 500 discs of the film to the Madison Scouts as a show of appreciation for their invaluable help in making “Scouts Honor” a reality. The disc is now on sale at the Scouts’ souvenir stand while they are on tour this summer and 100% of the proceeds from the sales at the stand go directly to support the Scouts.

The delivery of the discs from the manufacturer also means that everyone who has contributed at a level that included the DVD/BluRay will be receiving their copy of the movie ASAP! That’s right: we are currently shipping the movie to donors and everyone who has pre-ordered. We cannot stress enough how much we appreciate your patience. We are very aware that some of you have literally waited years for the DVD/BluRay and know that the final product is going to be worth the wait. Again, this is the culmination of your support of a 100% independent, self-supported movie production and such a project takes a great deal more time than a Hollywood feature. The disc is chock full of bonus features, directors’ commentary, and other extras. You are going to love it!

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As always we would appreciate everyone’s help in spreading the work to your friends, family, and others who might be interested in the project. The way to do that is to join our social media presence if you have not already. We are on Facebook at facebook.com/MadisonScoutsMovie and Twitter at @scoutshonordoc. Also, we are constantly updating our website at www.scoutshonormovie.com, so check it out for the latest blogs, videos, and more.

As we take a moment to reflect on how much we all (that’s you too!) have accomplished with the “Scouts Honor” project, we are truly humbled and grateful. Thanks so much for your continued support and we hope to see you all down the road this summer and beyond!

Mac and Tom

The Home Video Launch

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It’s the moment that many of you have been anticipating and we are thrilled to announce that the home video version of our award winning documentary is just around the corner! Pre-orders are now officially available through our online store and we will have discs in hand in June! Now you will be able to invite your friends, neighbors, relatives, and of course those who have not been initiated into the subculture of drum and bugle corps, to your home and play our film for them. And when you do be sure to crank it up! We took great care in capturing the sonic intensity of the live performances and you’ll be putting your home theater system to the test.

We have two versions available for pre-order: the DVD edition, and the Ultimate Bluray Edition + DVD Combo Pack.

The DVD contains two bonus features, one of which is our movie trailer and the other is the “Hornline Featurette.” You may recall that during the early stages of post production we had a fundraising campaign entitled “The March to the Rough Cut.” For every contribution, the contributor got to cast their vote for their favorite section of the drum corps. The hornline became triumphant and now you will see the results.

The Ultimate Bluray Edition + DVD Combo Pack includes everything in the version above, plus an audio commentary track from the directors, over 80 minutes of “Deleted Scenes” with director intros, and the movie teaser.

We are also pleased to announce that these home video versions are also available to our international fans! Please note that the DVD is Region 1 and the Bluray is Region 0. At this time we don’t have any subtitled versions and these are NTSC transfers.

For those of you that contributed and qualified for rewards which include a copy of the movie, we ask that you please send us a quick note?with your current mailing address so that we may confirm that we will be sending your disc to the correct address. Please include your first and last name so that we can double check your info against our records. Please use the “Contact” page on the Gigantic Cranium website.

These two versions of our drum corps movie (DVD & Ultimate Bluray + DVD Combo Pack) will also be available for sale at the Madison Scouts souvie stand this summer, so be sure to stop by before or after you see the 2016 Madison Scouts perform their show “Judas” and encourage your friends to purchase a copy.

We thank you for your patience and your support!

The Scouts Honor Team

A Few Achievements

Cedarburg_Show_Horns07While we’ve been posting regularly on many of our social media accounts for the past months, we realized that we have neglected the “news section” on our website. We have not fallen into a deep dark hole, and we have not forgotten about our fans and loyal supporters. There are some very positive things that have transpired in the life of our drum corps movie, so far. “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood” has….

? Screened at 4 film festivals acrosss the United States, and won awards at 3 of the 4 festivals.

? We’ve had over a dozen articles and interviews published about our film in newspapers, magazines and podcasts.

? There have been 27, one-night-only screenings through our “Theatrical On Demand” distributor Gathr Films in 12 different states across the United States.

? 2,765 tickets have been reserved for these movie theater screenings through Gathr Films.

? 112 people have rated our documentary film on the Internet Movie Database and the average rating is 9.9 out of 10 stars and there are 9 user reviews.

? Our social media accounts, combined, have amassed a total of over 20,000 fans.

We certainly feel proud of the achievements of our film, since films are like children to their filmmakers. You want to see them do well when they go out into the world.

Now we creep very close to the next chapter in the life of our documentary feature film, which is the home video release. As we write this we are only a few days away from sending nearly 200 minutes of video material and over 300 minutes of audio material to the company that will manufacture our DVDs and Blurays.

Preorders for the DVD and the Bluray will be available here on our website in the very near future. Stay tuned for details.

The Scouts Honor Team