TERMINAL LEGACY was, somewhat famously, one of our more difficult productions.. It was a tricky situation that ran into lots of speed bumps. We won't re-hash it here, but you can search the posts.
But I always tell filmmakers, that the most negative thing I write about your film can be erased by a good trailer. Conversely, all the positive press in the world won't help if your trailer looks like shit. Good films have difficult productions all the time. APOCALYPSE NOW comes to mind. And terrible films can run smoothly. At the end of the day, all that matters is what you put up on the screen. Or, to quote Mark Borchardt, "There's no excuses, Paul. No one has ever, ever paid admission to see an excuse. No one has ever faced a black screen that says: "Well, if we had these set of circumstances, we would've shot this scene... so please forgive us and use your imagination." I've been to the movies hundreds of times. That's never occurred."
You live and die by your work. All that shit around it is just stories to tell at the premiere and on the DVD commentary.
In that vein, the trailer for TERMINAL LEGACY is out. If you ask me, it looks really fucking good. I couldn't be happier.
(Also, I'm in there. Can you find me?)
Filmmaker Lucas McNelly is spending a year on the road, volunteering on indie film projects around the country, documenting the process and the exploring the idea of a mobile creative professional. You can see more from A Year Without Rent at the webpage. His feature-length debut is now available to rent on VOD. Follow him on Twitter: @lmcnelly.