After three months of near-constant editing, re-editing, and a couple of early preview screenings in Oklahoma and Texas, I’m pleased to announce that a formalized 67-minute version of the Storm Chasing Anthology is gradually being pressed to disc. This will be issued to all project participants and backers (at certain levels). Disc duplication and design are being done independently as well, due to which, the distribution process will take a few weeks. I anticipate shipping out hard-copy DVD and Blu Ray discs at some point in April.
“Volume One” will be where the Storm Chasing Anthology, as a project, remains for the time being. As expressed in previous posts, I openly admit being far too idealistically aggressive with the original concept, along with having it completed with such a minimal budget in a short period of time. Two-years have elapsed since the whole production process began, and within that stretch, many personal and professional lessons have come the hard way by experiencing it directly. As this was not originally intended as a solo production, condensing benchmark moments of storm chasing and severe weather research history into such a short timeframe, and keeping a logical storyline was a true challenge. After initial reaction and feedback, some elements were dropped, added, cut down, and expanded a bit. Overall, I feel satisfied enough with this to release out to everyone who participated and supported the pre-production effort in 2014-2015.
The greatest hurdle with a massive independent archive/film project such this is material licensing and fees. Presently that process is just beginning. In some cases it’s also quite expensive, and will likely result in different future versions. Until all material within this version is legally available for use, there will be no public broadcast or official distribution/sale of the project. I did however want to get copies out to everyone in the format originally intended, prior to any further changes, hence why this is being distributed to backers and participants.
On a upbeat note, musician and storm chaser Hank Schyma from Huston, Texas contributed a pre-recorded and original score for the overall soundtrack. That saves the need to acquire mass-musical licensing fees. Much obliged, Hank!
It should be noted, while I only have the capability of authoring standard DVD copies, a project backer has generously offered to cover Blu-Ray duplication costs. Project participants and backers: I need to know your format preference! Please visit the Facebook page, or directly e-mail me. For the time being, online downloads are not available, due to cost and the fact for-profit distribution is not an option at the moment.
Thank you again to all who supported this massive effort to preserve storm chasing culture and severe weather research history! I look forward to your feedback one you begin to receive and view volume one of the Storm Chasing Anthology.
Blake Naftel ~ Producer, Director, Editor.