I’m excited to announce that For Three has an official release date.
There are a few details to iron out, but we do know a few things for sure. The first chance you will have to see the movie will be at the Comet Theater in Perham, MN on Thursday, July 14th at 7:30 PM. We also will have a second showing at the Comet Theater (maybe for some of you who spend the weekends at the lake?) on Sunday, July 17th at 1:00 PM.
DVDs will be available to purchase on your way out of the theater. As always, you can pre-order by going to www.forthreemovie.com (but since you are already here, let’s assume you knew that). Pre-orders will be mailed out on July 14th, as well. If you have any trouble pre-ordering, send an email to me at brent AT forthreemovie DOT com and I can assist you.
Check back often as we will keep posting teasers as well as any other news in the next few weeks.by brent
Been busy over the last few weeks. Sorry for a lack of updates. Here’s what’s new:
I know the last few updates I’ve said I’m getting really close. Now, I can say that I’m getting really, really close. As in, within the next 7-10 days, I think I will have a completed movie. So when will you get a chance to see it? More on that later.
I’ve pretty much finalized all of the music choices. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be introducing you to all of the artists who very generously donated a song or two to the soundtrack. I encourage you to at least check them out. And if you like what you hear, I know they’d really appreciate it if you buy a song, cd, dvd, tshirt… whatever. They are all bands that I would consider myself a fan of, so hopefully you like the music as much as I do.
I’ve waxed quite poetic on how difficult getting music was. I probably sent 500 emails with requests for about 250-300 songs. I wound up getting the rights to 18 songs. I’ve also produced some original stuff myself. Hopefully, when you watch the movie, you don’t even know which songs are mine and which aren’t.
I had quite a bit of advise on what to do for music. A few people suggested I just get generic music. Anyone that knows how into music I am knows that’s impossible for me. Music can make or break a movie and it was a ton of work, but I’m 100% glad that I put in all the work. I’m so thankful to all the musicians who offered up a song. I hope you’ll be very pleased with the end result.
As I near the end of this project, I have to say a thousand thank yous. Thank you to all of the tv stations who let me use their footage. Thanks to all of the journalists who have let me use their photographs and use their stories as a reminder to the details of the season. Thanks again to all of the musicians for letting me use their art to help better tell our story. Thank you to all of the players and coaches for sitting down to be interviewed. Thank you to all of you for all of the positive feedback. Thanks to all of the medical personal that helped to save the life of not only Zach, but myself as well. I don’t say thank you to them enough, but without them, neither of us would be here. Finally, thanks so much to my family – especially my wife and daughter – who have been very understanding and giving of their time for me to work on this. It’s been very difficult at times, but I hope the end result is worth it.
Lastly, we have some excited news to announce tomorrow. Not to spoil our big announcement, but it could possibly be release date related. Or not. You’ll have to check back to see.by brent
Lunchtime Update from “For Three” movie studio headquarters…
The most common question I get when I’m running around town these days is “…how’s the movie coming.”
The answer was usually a pretty generic “…oh, it’s coming” or “…getting closer.”
Today, I can tell you that its really, really close. I’m about a week to ten days away from the point that I call “compiling.” I’ve spent the past two and a half months putting together interviews, videos (game and misc), pictures, audio and much more. I’m too a point where I feel like within 10 days, I’ll be done with every game. As it is, I’ve got 1.5 games that I’ve got to finish. Once I get those done, I’ve got a few other misc project that will take me a few days.
Once that is done, I’ll begin the process of piecing it all together. A lot of stuff is eventually going to figuratively wind up on floor of the cutting room (aka my basement). Right now, the movie is too long. I could easily do a minimum of 5 minutes per game times 33 games would equal a 2 hr and 45 minute movie. Most of you probably wouldn’t appreciate if I did that to you. There are going to be a few games that get kind of “montaged” together just for the sake of time. There are quite a few games that go much longer than 5 minutes. Some of it has to do with the pacing of the movie and just keeping things in general moving.
Once I get the pacing right, I’ll add in the final music, titles, and transitions. A few finishing touches and voila… we should have ourselves a dvd copy of the movie somewhere around a month from now.
I’ve got to get back to this pizza bagel and then go fix some computers this afternoon. We should have another teaser for you later on this week.
Note: This was supposed to go up two days ago, but I was without internet at home… apologies
What were you doing 10 years ago today? June 1st, 2001. Unless you were getting married, graduating from high school, or are the most devout journal writer on the planet, you probably can’t say with a whole lot of certainty.
I don’t remember that evening and June 2nd is pretty foggy. I know what I was doing… that’s for sure.
The morning started off normal enough… I was hanging out with my good buddy Cory and my recently-married (now, not then) friend from college Marshall (congrats buddy!) on a normal summer Friday morning for a college kid. I hadn’t seen Marshall in about a month and I wouldn’t be able to see him that night since I was going to be doing a weekend as a human lab rat testing out different kind of Tylenol at PRACS with my friend Jason.
So, we met up at the community center in Perham. Here’s where my memory gets a little fuzzy. We were playing 21 which is a basketball game that is basically one-on-one-on-one. I was a pretty average free throw shooter and I wasn’t exactly awesome at creating a shot against two defenders (although longtime fans of Perham basketball probably remember the countless times that opponents used to throw double teams at me… or not). I remember throwing up a fall away shot that was basically a prayer. After that, I’ve got nothing.
From what I’m told, I went into cardiac arrest. At first, my friends thought I was joking around. There were no jokes. They called 911 and someone went into the pool to get the lifeguard (who was a 16 year old kid, at the time) to do CPR. Luckily it was a crappy day out and a physical therapist from then MeritCare in Fargo was swimming with his family. He came in and started to give me chest compressions. When the call was made in to 911, the paramedics were actually in their vehicle making a delivery of a defibrillator to the local golf course. Within an estimated 2-3 minutes, they were there. They used the defibrillator and shocked me. On the first shock, my heart starting beating (somewhat) normally.
I’m (obviously) incredibly thankful things turned out the way they did for me and my compadre Zach. Things obviously could have turned out so bad for both of us, but I really believe that God has a plan for both of us.
A big part of the reason that I’ve gone so gung ho about making this movie is partially because Zach’s story is somewhat my story, too. I really struggled for a looooooong time making sense of what happened to me. It definitely wasn’t always easy. Yet, in some ways, it was the one of the best things that ever happened to me (for the record, though… I wish that it didn’t). It forced me to gain little bit of perspective on life that a typical 19-year old probably didn’t have.
Likewise, I obviously really wish Zach wouldn’t have gone through everything he’s gone through in the past five months. It’s not how any of us would have planned it, but both Zach and the Perham basketball team made the best of the situation and really showed their collective character to the world.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be giving you previews of the finished film. Up first is a 1:30 clip from one of the early big games of the season against the second ranked team in the state from Ellsworth. Check back often for more updates. As usually, you can click on the “Pre-Order DVD” link on the right. I was hoping by the end of the week to have a firm release date, but let’s just say that it will definitely be before the fall sports season starts (before the end of July 2011).
Watch in HD here or watch it embedded below.by brent
A little news update before the big Memorial Day holiday. As has been the norm, I’ve been busy at work on “For Three” this week. A couple of updates:
-We’re working really hard to get a release date for the dvd and a showing date and venue in Perham. I can’t give you much more information until things are firmed up completely, but I do hope to have something for you in the next week or two.
-The music is coming along nicely. I got the okay to use a few more songs this week. I’m excited about the quality of everything that’s been approved so far.
-I got a couple more games edited. I’ve got most of the big games edited now. Some of the games will obviously receive lesser attention than other games, but I do believe there will be at least a little attention.
Another thing that I’m excited about. For the entire month of June, I will be releasing a 30 second to 1 minute clip of the movie every 2-3 days. It will give you a chance to see what the movie is all about. Hopefully, this will help build anticipation for a little while. I know a lot of people have seen the trailer but not much else.
I’m hoping to sell out the movie theater and sell lots of dvds. Remember, 100% of what we make is going to a good cause. The Zach Gabbard fun will get 50% and the Perham Boys basketball fund will get 50%. If we sell as many copies as I hope we can, it’d be great to help relieve the clothing costs for our boys next year. We know its an awful lot to ask of families to pay for ever increasing activity fees, team clothing, gas to run around all summer/winter to watch games, food, etc. If we could sell enough of these to offset that for a year, I’d be tickled pink (btw – I think that’s the first time I’ve ever used the phrase tickled pink).
Anyway, thanks so much for reading. Lots more to share in the upcoming weeks. Have a great weekend!
My wife and I made a quick down and back to the Cities to see one of our favorite bands in concert (The Airborne Toxic Event) earlier this week. Since I knew we were going to be in the Cities, I made a few phone calls and was able to arrange a chance to get into both Williams Arena and the Target Center to film a few things for the movie. I’ll leave you in a little suspense as to what exactly I’m filming but I think you should find it pretty cool.
One cool thing that making this movie has done is allow me to do a few things that just seem crazy to me. Going into Williams Arena was one of those things. The gym was 100% empty. They actually had to turn the lights on for me. How cool is that? If you’re a bball junkie, I don’t know how that doesn’t get your blood rushing a little bit.
Like I said earlier, I also got to go to Target Center. Unfortunately, the floor was down since there is an Usher concert this weekend, but I was still able to get some good stuff.
The movie has also allowed me to have a bit of an open dialogue with many musicians I grew up really enjoying. Humblebrag (just Google it) would make fun of me for the following statement: its been really cool to get complimented on some of my work so far from people who’s work I respect so much.
To make a sports comparison, getting compliment of my movie by a person I respect is like hearing a college coach tell you they are a good basketball player rather than your Grandma telling you how great you are.
Quick movie update. I’ve been making a healthy amount of progress. Last count had 70 minutes of roughly final movie done. By the end of the day today, I will cross the 200 hour mark of working on the film. Wow!by brent
People that have seen the trailer or know I’m working on the project ask me this quite a bit.
Simple answer? It’s going fairly well. If I could find some way to get this done without sucking up (literally) all of my free time, I would be a happy man. But, I’m hoping in less than a month, I’m going to have a 100% finished product that I’m 98% happy with. I know I could work on this from now until eternity and not be 100% happy.
Here are the nuts and bolts of where I’m at. I’m not 100% done with interviews yet. To clarify, when I say I’m done with a section, I know that some of the interviews I have yet to do will be included. But essentially, I could use the section just the way it is.
So there you go. All in all, I’ve got more than an hour of material that I’d consider one step from getting the seal of approval (titles, music, etc).
I’m sure this last month will be kind of crazy, but it’s excited to start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m really excited to put this out there and just hope and pray people enjoy it.by brent
I’m incredibly excited about an email that I got today regarding music for the film. I’ve been working really hard to try to get good music included in this film. I’ve said it many a time here on the blog, but getting rights to stuff is easily the hardest thing to do. I’ve been blown away by the generosity of some people, so far. It’s been a lot of work, but some of the responses have been unbelievable. I have so much respect for so many people.
In case you haven’t been reading my blog, my major problem is… I don’t have any money. I’d love to just throw money and get whatever music we needed, but I just can’t do it. I’m doing this movie entirely as a fundraiser for the Zach Gabbard fund and Perham boys basketball. So basically, I’ve had to go to a bunch of artists and ask nicely if they’re willing to include anything in this project.
Anyway, as of this posting, I’ve got a handful of artists on board (I’ll be revealing them on the blog shortly). I was blown away today, though, when I opened up my email and got licensing for a song song from six-time Grammy nominee.
No kidding. I was shocked when it went through.
I’ve also got one of my favorite rappers on board. I’ve got an up-and-coming pop-punk band on board. I’ve got a group that I’ve listened to for over ten years (and have loved a lot of their work) that just said yes late last night. I also heard from the lead singer of one of my favorite bands ever and he’s 100% willing to lend a song to the project if we can get the record label on board (which you never really know what will happen).
I’ve heard a LOT of no and even more no responses. That was kind of expected. I expected to do all this work and literally have zero “real” music to speak. I can’t believe I’m actually getting a few yes’s from some really talented people.
To everyone out there that has said yes so far- thank you, thank you, thank you. You’ve collectively made my day.by brent
When July comes around and this movie is done, I can assure you one thing that I will do given every opportunity:
One of the most difficult things I’ve dealt with in the last month (or so) is putting in such late nights. I’ve gone from an average bedtime of 10:32 PM (just estimated here) to something around 12:34 AM. For the most part, it’s been tolerable.
The hard part, though, is when you have back to back 1-2 AM nights. A big, big thank you to the Wild Goose in Perham, La Barista in Detroit Lakes, and all of the laborers in Columbia who make it possible for me to function before 10 AM.
There is nothing I hate more than hearing a story about how the average CEO is up at 4:30 in the morning to run 8 miles before they get to the office at 5:45 where they spend the next 14 hours. Yuck.
I’m still waiting for that magically moment when waking up isn’t so bad. When I was in college (sleeping from about 4 AM until noon every day on average), I had legitimate concerns as to how I was going to work a regular shift. People all said “…oh, you’ll get used to it.” Eight years later, I’m still trying to figure out when this time is coming in my life. When is that time in my life coming where I wake up 15 minutes before my alarm and just listen to the birds chirping outside of the window.
All kidding aside, sleep deprivation is probably the number one side affect to working on this product right now. I don’t know how someone would permanently function on getting 4-5 hours of sleep per night. Part of what makes this possible for me is just knowing that I need to do it for a couple more weeks and then I will hopefully have something that I (and we) can be proud of.by brent
Whether it’s in life, sports, job, anything, setting a goal can help you achieve (just about) anything. You have to throw the “just about” in there to be realistic. I mean, I can set a goal of becoming to world’s strongest man, but being six feet tall and having a slight frame, I’m fairly confident it would be unrealistic. Magnus Ver Magnusson is probably going to be out of my reach no matter what I do.
It’s healthy to set lofty goals that might seem semi-realistic. To be completely honest, when setting a goal, you should have a least one person look at you like you are semi-crazy. If you want to start reading more and you set a goal of reading one book every six months, nobody is going to even blink. Pretty easy goal, right? Read two pages a day and within the six months you’re done with your first book. If you tell friends, though, that you are going to write a book, record an album, or start a business, you’re more than likely to get met with “the look.”
When I was 21 years old, I wasn’t happy with how much weight I’d put on in college. All of my friends always talked about working out more (“We should play more basketball…”, “…we should try to lift more…”), but it never happened. In February, I decided to start running on the treadmill. I wasn’t setting any records – I remember running a 10 minute mile taking a five minute break and running another 10 minute mile. Within three weeks, I was running my first 5k with the thought in my head that I could run the Twin Cities Marathon. The idea of running 26.2 miles is daunting when running 3.1 almost made you throw up on the side of the road. Less than two months later (3-1/2 months since I first started running), I’d run my first half marathon with no doubt in my mind that I could do a full.
Running a marathon can be a good goal or it can be a really dumb goal. If you just say “I’m going to run a marathon” and you keep putting off the training, you’re setting yourself up to fail. You may finish the race, but take my word that it will be a death march (and you’ll never want to run another one). If you decide to run a marathon, though, and you set small attainable goals, you’re more likely to do well. You can’t just look at it and say “I’m going to run 26 miles.” You’ve got to look backwards. You’ve got to run 4 miles. Then 5. Then 6. Then 8. And so on and so forth.
Making a movie is no different. When I started, I had a goal of making a movie. In my head, I knew what I wanted to create a movie. I started to tell people about it and I could tell they had the “…oh, good for you” reaction. But I knew that I was dead serious. I don’t think a single person really believed in me until they saw the trailer (now nearing 2,000 hits on YouTube – Thanks!) Until the movie is done and people have seen it, there will be a certain amount of skepticism about it.
The point of a goal is almost never to get people on board with you, though. The point of a goal is to do something out of the ordinary. Every 2nd grade youth sports team says “…we’re going to win the state championship.” Less than 1% ever accomplish that goal. When we were fourth graders, all of my friends were either going to play in the NFL, NBA or major league baseball. Less than 2/10 of 1% will ever play a professional sport (that’s counting the real small “professional” leagues, as well). A lot of them didn’t get there by accident, though. They put in the time. They made small goals. The big goal was always to make the show, but the goal for today was just getting in a two hour workout in the morning and shooting for two hours in the afternoon.
I’ve broken down what I need to do in order to have the guts of the movie done in a month. By the end of this weekend, I pretty much need to be done with the Rochester Lourdes game (and the end of the movie). By May 12th, I need to be done with Virginia. By the 15th, I’ve got to have the Sebeka game done (and so on and so forth). I’ve broken down the entire month of May and I know where I need to be. When you set a monumental goal ahead of yourself (especially if it’s something that is a bit out of your element), it’s huge to have a ton of small tasks and knock those off regularly. It also gives you a sense if the “big” goal is attainable. If I was missing deadline after deadline, it’d be very unrealistic for me to say I can get this done for certain by “x” date.
Moral of the story – set your goals high, break those goals down into smaller tasks, and get out there are starting kicking a**.by brent