Thursday, November 15, 2018
Check that out...as of the 12th, we were #10 in Horror and #72 out of EVERYTHING included in Amazon Prime Video. TV included.
As of today, we've sort of waffled between #10 and #15, and we're hanging around #76 overall.
I'm trying to figure out ways to keep the momentum going...and honestly, just being up that high helps in itself because when people search for movies they tend to only scroll down a page or two before making a decision.
Oddly, when I search on the Amazon Prime app through my Xbox on the "Horror Genre", which only lists the top 100 movies...we don't show up. The other movies from distributors show up, but not ours. Feels a bit like Amazon is probably getting paid to put ONLY the distributors stuff on that list, as Terrortory 2 has never shown up that I can see. (you can find it if you punch it into the search engine, but that's not all that helpful)
Don't know. I've still got my fingers crossed we stay in that top 100 for all of November...
Thursday, November 8, 2018
So we ended October with a disappointing 2.1 million minutes. Definitely not enough to get the bonus.
That used to translate to about $5K, which would still have been disappointing but not as disappointing as the $2100 I get for it now.
I was out of town the first couple of days of November--my plan was to take down the free as soon as it starts dying--that way it will still be on the top 100 list, and perhaps we'll get some people paying to rent it.
But since Amazon takes a few days to update, I won't be able to see that stuff right away.
I got back on November 3rd and checked the stats and a VERY weird thing is happening.
On the first film, November 1st was the kiss of death. The movie died FAST. Everybody getting into the Thanksgiving/Xmas spirit, I guess.
But the first 3 days of November for Terrortory 2 are better than ANY 3 consecutive days in October. Then I get the next couple of days, and it's going UP.
Just when I think I sort of have the whole thing figured out, it surprises me. And now tonight I check our rankings, and we're actually the #15 top horror movie on Amazon, period. We're #106 of ANYTHING on Amazon Videos, TV included.
So I guess I'm going to leave it up for a while longer. Heck, maybe there's a very-outside chance we could get the bonus in November if this keeps up. I have no idea what's generating the interest now, this late, but I'm not complaining...
Monday, October 22, 2018
So I've been watching the stats on Amazon, and they're pretty mediocre. It's updating slow, but here's how it's going:
On the first film, we broke a million minutes in 12 days. (most of my other movies broke a million between 15-20 days in)
Terrortory 2, as of day 19, hasn't broken a million yet. (it's close) Considering this movie cost more, has more awareness, and has a better trailer, this news SUCKS.
We are still in the top 100 horror movies, but we're not budging off of page 6 or 7.
As I mentioned, if we don't hit the bonus, I lose money. It's that simple. Amazon's new pay scheme basically pays you $1k for a million minutes. They used to pay $2500 for the same amount.
We're not getting the volume of reviews we got on the first one, which is strange. We're not getting many bad reviews, which is just flat out weird. They're starting to smash us on imdb, so where's the haters on Amazon?
To top it all off--and this just fucking STAGGERS me--there are actors/actresses/creators involved in the production of this film who have not MENTIONED the movie on their timeline(or anywhere I can see). But they're sharing youtube videos they're in, and headshots, and other shit nowhere near as impressive as being involved in a feature film.
I don't get it. I honestly don't get it.
Then I have over 800 "friends" on Facebook. I've basically pleaded for them to leave us a review. I've done it a couple of times, and explained how important it is. Some of them have done it, and those people are aces in my book. They want me to return the favor, I'm there.
But the rest of them? The people who just Thumbs Up the post, and move on? Well, let's just say I'm starting to pare down my friends list. And those actors? Well, I won't be working with them again, or passing their name to any filmmaker who asks me to recommend an actor/actress.
What's all this mean? Well, I'm pretty much out of Terrortory. I won't be doing the wraparound on part three(which was the original thought, while the other guys handled everything else). Heck, won't be doing anything else on Terrortory as far as I can tell.
I may even be done with making movies. There are easier ways to lose money. Easier ways that don't take years off my life. Shit, I could have taken the money and gambled it away in one night. I'd feel just as bad as I do now, but wouldn't have wasted all that time.
The bottom line to all this is this: Amazon is no longer viable as a distribution strategy unless you can make your film for under 1K. At that point, maybe you can make your money back plus some. I just don't know how you make something worthwhile for that kind of money.
I'm going to wait and see how the final 2 weeks of October are before I figure what I'm going to do. At this point I'm not really inclined to try an aggregator with the money I've made back. Do I really want to toss more money into the black pit?
I think I need a vacation more than I need to roll that die.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Okay, just to make this clear as some people have hit us up with messages like "I saw it was on (fill in the blank)--watched it on there. Congrats!"
Well, you may not have known it, but you just stole the movie from us. There is NO other legal place to watch our movie other than Amazon. Yes, that app on your TV that makes it look like you can freely stream movies including ones STILL in the theater? That's illegal. There's a reason it's being sued.
The pirates have been out in full force, pirating our movie all over, and anyone who says this doesn't hurt our bottom line is an idiot. (one site had already streamed it over 3000 times before I got them to take it down)
Anyway, the film is doing pretty well, but not as well as I would have hoped. We don't have that many reviews, which is one of the major indicators for Amazon on how well your movie is engaging viewers.
If you've seen Terrortory 2 and haven't reviewed it, how about go do that? It helps us out in a HUGE way. Hell, even negative reviews help us move up the charts. (so yes, negative reviews are actually better than no reviews)
We got as high as 40 on the top Amazon horror films, out of at least 4000 so that's cool. But we've been stuck in the top 100, not going any higher at the moment. The first film got as high as number six, I believe, on the chart, so I'm hoping we start rising again.
Spread the word, especially if you're in the cast/crew. One thing I'm noticing--and I noticed it on the first also--is that actors appear to be clueless about spreading the word.
They'll spread headshots or youtube videos they're in where they're doing something pedantic, but a movie they're in? No mention. It's rather infuriating, honestly. You're in a feature film that anyone can now see--and in some cases you're on the actual movie poster--and you're not interested in spreading the word?
Then they ask for footage for their reel...well, you can imagine I'm not in a hurry to do them any favors at that point.
And the chance I'll work with them again is zero point zero.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Let's see what's going on.
You can see a clip from the movie plus an exclusive pic here:
You can see the final trailer plus an exclusive pic here:
(and expect Dread to premiere an exclusive clip also)
More news and exclusive pics here:
Pics from the premiere of Terrortory 2 here:
You can see a review of the movie here(but don't read it if you haven't seen the movie first):
A bunch of stuff here, including pics:
More exclusive pics!
You can get the Terrortory SOUNDTRACK from Terence Jones here:
More as I spot 'em.
I just saw that we're ALREADY in the top 40 horror movies streaming on Amazon. I had looked earlier in the day and we weren't even top 500. (that's when I stopped scrolling)
That's WAY better than the first Terrortory. I just took a look back on the first one's numbers, and we'd done about 7000 minutes on day 1 and around 10,000 on day 2. We should destroy those numbers, I'm guessing.
But we gotta keep pushing, because as I've said to friends--if we don't hit the Amazon bonus, we're going to lose money. Even if we hit the bonus we might lose money depending on how much it is.
So I'm going to keep pushing it. I was going to run a contest to give out shit to anyone who reviewed the flick, but it appears Amazon frowns on that BIG TIME. I'm not sure why--I'm don't get why incentivizing reviews is a big deal.
People are, in general, lazy. I'm counting myself in there. But people are not in most cases inclined to leave reviews. So why is it bad to try to give them a little extra push to leave a review? I wouldn't even be saying it had to be a positive review. ANY review would be entered into a drawing for some props from the movie.
I'll keep thinking it over.
Sunday, September 30, 2018
It's been a while, I know. The struggle to get this film complete, and then premiere it...along with all the other things in life taking up time means the blog gets pushed to the back.
But the day has finally arrived. You can go here to add the movie to your watchlist and then view it!
If you watch it, can you do us a HUGE favor and leave a short review for it? Amazon uses the volume of reviews to gauge interest, and it increases our visibility on the site.
I hope you enjoy it, because in the end we do this in the hopes that people will enjoy it. Personally I've had some great times watching movies--they took me out of my misery a few times, giving me two hours or so of relief from whatever was bothering me. They transported me to a place I never would have been without them, to things I could never have imagined.
I'm just trying to give the same experience to others.
Thanks for checking it out.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
The final trailer just dropped for Terrortory 2, and you can see it here:
I'm pretty happy with it. I'd actually tried a variation of that cricket-rhythm piece in the first movie's trailer, but never got it working right. Something here about lulling the viewer into the same rhythmic shots as the crickets get louder and with more reverb, and smashing that shot of the Midnight Clown screaming...it just worked.
A lot of editing is just trying new things to see what works and what doesn't.
As far as the movie...I'm starting to sweat BIG TIME. If I had all of the music done and ready to lay in, there would be a TON to do. But I don't have all the music yet.
It's coming in, but man, am I feeling the time crunch.
After the premiere, my plans go into fifth gear. I'll have one more poster(I think), and will be sending out stills to as many web sites as want to help promote the movie. I'll send three clips from the movie to some of the bigger web sites.
I should have a table at the local con in Hunt Valley, like I usually do.
I'm just hoping all the work I have to do won't interfere with Halloween--I hate missing out on all the fun because I'm too busy.