Looking Back at 2016 and the Next Phase for SCOUTS HONOR

2016 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... Read More

The Next Big Step For Scouts Honor

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... Read More

BATTLE OF THE DECADES!

Which decade of the Madison Scouts is the best? Both alumni and fans of the corps have very strong opinions. That’s because they are very passionate about the activity and there’s nothing wrong with that. We’ve decided to pin the different decades of the corps (alumni & fans) against each other to see which one can get a popular Madison Scouts song that appears in our movie funded the fastest. The race started on August 13th... Read More

FLY Film Festival

We are excited to announce that our drum corps movie will be screening on Friday, August 1st at the FLY Film Festival in Downtown Enid, Oklahoma! Not only are we thrilled to screen the film in front of a new audience, but it’s also a chance for us to meet other filmmakers who have been spending months and years getting their projects to this point just like we have. This is a terrific opportunity to expose more people to not only the Madison... Read More

A Readjustment

A number of you have been asking when our drum corps movie is going to be released. As of six months ago we were sure that the film would have been released by this date. Unfortunately that hasn?t happened. We knew that the three toughest parts of this filmmaking process would be the shooting, the editing and the music licensing.   After 14 separate trips spread out over 25 months we completed the production portion of the film in August 2013.... Read More

Bi-Coastal Documentary Filmmakers Reunite

Tom Tollefsen & Mac Smith discuss the deleted scenes for their documentary feature Many of you may not know that directing/producer partners Tom Tollefsen and Mac Smith live on opposite coasts of the United States. It certainly makes it challenging to create a film when there’s so much distance between partners, but technology has helped break down that barrier. Google+ Hangout video conferencing, sharing documents via Google Drive, email... Read More

Two Steps Forward & One Step Back

In post production there are a lot of steps required to finish a film and our team has been working hard towards the completion of “Scouts Honor: Inside a Marching Brotherhood”. While the picture cut of the movie is now officially “locked” quite a few steps have to happen before the film can be released including: titles, music, sound, coloring, artwork, technical prep, etc. We all have day jobs that we are managing while this... Read More

A Chance to Grow Drum Corps

Each drum corps has their own style, history and rabid fan base. You can compare drum corps to professional football teams in many ways, and you could argue for?days whether each group had a good year, a bad year or if they are heading in the right or wrong direction with their program. This is a competitive activity and the public likes to see a clear winner and analyze the scores. We understand that there are fans of the activity that live and... Read More

Refining the Story

As we near picture lock on our documentary feature film we have to step back and look at the big picture. ?Are we still telling the story that we want to tell? Does the structure of the film work with a beginning, middle and end? We’ve taken scenes out, put some of them back in, rearranged them, made them shorter, created new scenes….all things to make the movie the best we can. ?There’s certainly a specific timeline in a drum corps... Read More

Growing Our Audience

It’s one thing to make a movie, but if not many people know it exists then what’s the point? Our target audience for the documentary are members, alumni, and fans of both drum and bugle corps and marching band. Ultimately it’s a movie that is structured to work for a wide audience so anyone can watch it and get ?something from it, but we need to primarily get people involved with the marching arts on board first. ?We talk to quite... Read More

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