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2004 Archive


Monday
Dec.13.2004 - 7:08 AM

The DVDs are on sale today! Go HERE.

-b



Tuesday
Nov.16.04 - 12:00 AM

Just started the new LONE SAUSAGE YAHOO GROUP / MAILING LIST, mostly for you Dr. Tran folks out there. We're going to give away some of the Dr. Tran DVDs for free before we start selling them, so please head over and sign up when you get a chance. Here's the LINK.

-b



Saturday
11.6.04 - 7:00 PM

Quick update - things are falling into place, and on Monday I'll look into getting more DVDs printed so everyone can get a copy. Expect an announcement this month.

-b



Thursday
September.16.04 - 12:20 AM

Hi!! If you're waiting for the announcement about the
Dr. Tran DVDs going on sale and it feels like it's taking forever, you're right! This is inexcusable.

I learned today that, of the places we've been contacting about credit card setup, not a one has been suitable for our needs. At least 30 more places are going to be looked at. That might take a while. I should also warn you that - and this is going to suck - there aren't any more than sixty copies left. I haven't counted, so there might be less.

SO that brings me to my point which is: if you do not manage to get one of the few remaining copies of DR. TRAN when they get sold,
DON'T WORRY. PLANS, I tell you, PLANS are in the works to make sure EVERY BOY AND GIRL gets a copy of the film. It may take some time, and some may miss out on the special edition DVD we did for the San Diego Comic-Con, but you WILL get Dr. Tran on DVD. I swear.

-b



Saturday
Aug.21.04 - 2:30 AM

Okay so it's taking a small eternity to get the DVDs up for sale, I'm sorry, but people are lagging on responding to emails, no one is returning phone calls and there's this pony that keeps knocking over my juice. Who owns that pony anyway?

This is why I don't like selling things online. Sometimes I sell my originals (from comic books) online, but even that can be very time consuming. Not that I don't appreciate it, but selling them at cons is way easier. Do you see that I am stalling?

Words. Words.

Again, to all of you that keep writing, I apologize but there is no pre-ordering. They will be sold on a first come, first serve basis starting when the DVDs go online.

-b



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the photo to see Dr. Tran's France Bathroom Graffiti.

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Found HERE



Wednesday
8.4.04 - 6:00 PM

Things are moving slowly but the DVDs ARE coming. I have a shipping service in place and we're waiting to hear back from various online ordering services. Sorry about the delay.



Friday
July.30.04 - 9:16 PM

Rick

Producer RICK CORTES at the 2004 San Diego Comic-Con. Photo by Kir.



Thursday
7.29.04 - 1:50 AM

Selling the DVDs at the con was fun. Somehow we'd have hours of no one buying anything and sudden bursts of activity where we'd sell tons of them at once. I signed a lot of DVD boxes, and sketched Dr. Tran on a few of them. People who end up buying them over the internet are going to pay more because of shipping and handling, so I'm going to try to sign or draw on all of the remaining discs to be sure the value drops.

I don't have as many 3-D glasses as Spike & Mike did (we gave them out with the DVDs), but if I can wrangle enough of them I'll include them with people's orders. The 3-D part of the short only works on film, so watching it with glasses on a TV won't do much, but does it matter?

We haven't heard from too many people who bought the DVDs. Drop us a line if you get the chance - did you find the Easter Eggs? We'd love to hear from you.

-b



Tuesday
7.27.04 - 4:15 AM

Comic-Con is now over, and if you showed up to see Dr. Tran or picked up the DVD, THANK YOU for paying attention to us and god bless ya. We did NOT sell out of Dr. Tran on DVD, so I WILL be selling the rest on this site. We did sell the majority of them however. Hopefully there will be enough for those of you who couldn't make it to the Con.

As soon as I get the site ready for online ordering I'll tell you more. Or maybe I'll just go to bed and tell you more tomorrow. I still haven't unpacked my car.

-b



Tuesday
7.20.04 - Noon

Comic-Con starts tomorrow night, and we are still getting DVDs finished one by one. Thankfully everything seems to be working out. The printer we use to print DVD box inserts ran out of black ink and we had to wait three days for the new cartridge, but it should arrive shortly and we can finish up.

So if you're going to the San Diego Comic-Con and want to visit us, seek out the Spike & Mike booth where I'll probably hang out for a couple hours each day and do Dr. Tran sketches or something. On Friday and Saturday, Dr. Tran's Executive Producer Rick Cortes will also be selling the DVDs at the Sketchbook Sessions/Zowie! booth. And on Saturday night at 11:30 (I think) Spike & Mike will do a free late night animation show that should include Dr. Tran.

Hope to see you there.

-b



Saturday
7.17.04 - 1:40 AM



We spent the entire day on the phone with a tech guy trying to get the thermal printing on the discs to work properly, and by the end of the day, we finally got to print 10 actual working DVDs. The ones in the picture are just boxes awaiting contents.

The guy we hired to get this stuff made for us is named Kos. His business is based out of a house in Los Angeles, and he took us to the backyard and showed us this treasure chest that he buried in his yard for his kids to find. One day, when they were little, he came in with shovels and said "Let's dig for treasure," and I guess one of the kids wanted to be a pirate or something and they completely flipped when they found the box. He'd packed it full of all kinds of stuff.

Anyway, I don't know if that's interesting but if I ever have kids, I'm going to do that. That's just a cool dad kind of thing to do.

-b



Thursday
7.15.04 - 9:30 PM

I'm fading. I think I'm about to go to bed which is probably a good idea considering the fact that Comic-Con is next week, and I'll be expected to be awake during the daytime. Problems are plaguing our little DVD. Not as many problems as plagued the making of the original Tran film, but a lot of them and whole new ones.

We've seen a test print of the DVDs themselves, with the slick full color disc art. They look awesome, but they're printing with little empty white scrapey areas all over them. The making of Dr. Tran documentary looks cool, but there's some kind of resolution or compression problem that makes certain things flicker wildly. Glitches aside, I'm really happy with it.

Looks like we're officially going to be selling them and doing signings at the Spike & Mike booth throughout the Con, so if you're there, come by and say hi.

-b



Wednesday
7.14.04 - 3:26 AM

Guhhhhhhhh I'm so tired. I don't know why but I always write these when I'm in a hurry or exhausted. Sorry if I spell everything wrong, or if I'm brutally boring you. Maybe later I'll dance for you.

Our friend Scott is in the process of authoring the DVD now that the contents are done, and these DVD things are touchy little bastards. They really want to play JUUST fine on 3 players and completely screw up on the fourth player. But even if there are a few glitches I think it'll be OK. We have the box art ready now and made a little mock up box that looks like the one in the film. It's sooo neat. I just stare at it like an imbecile while my friends look on in disbelief. They want I should cut that shit out.

ZZZZZZZZZZZ



Monday
7.12.04 - 12:40 PM

ALLLMOST done. The bonus features are all done, the sound goes into the menus today and tonight we drop it off to Scott for DVD authoring. We now have over 30 minutes of bonus material. It looks like we just might make it in time for the San Diego Comic-Con. If you're coming to the Con and want to pick up a copy, go to the Sketchbook Sessions/Zowie! booth at tables H1 and H2. It's in the area marked "Exhibitors Tables" between aisles 300 and 1200 on the far right side of the con (from the doors).

Even if the DVD isn't for sale there, the people at the booth will know where to get it, but we should be there.

-b



Friday
7.9.04 - 9:30 PM

Almost finished with all the special features for the disc. My friend Justin is helping with the DVD menu screens, which he's finishing up in After Effects now. We were out shooting on digital video in Griffith Park today. Our original plan was to have all of the interviews take place in dramatically different locals to keep it interesting, but the more we tried that, the more we realized that wind, car noise, bright sunlight (or lack of it) and people screeching "You can't shoot here!" were going to keep our dreams from becoming reality. So we pretty much ended up shooting all our stuff in different parts of the same park.

The making of documentary is really shaping up. It's thirteen minutes long, which I think is pretty good considering the length of the film it's about.

-b



Monday
7.5.04 - 11:45 PM

Right now we're editing the documentaries. I think we bit off more eyes than the size of our stomachs. Or something. We're going to end up cutting out the documentary on our old films, but that's probably okay because I'm not sure anyone cares. The good news is we are extending the Making of Dr. Tran documentary, and we have more time to make it good.

Almost finished with the little secret documentary - I can hear Christy scanning through it behind me. We had such a hard time not laughing during the shooting of it that we're just leaving all the mistakes in.

-b



Sunday
7.4.04 - 2:30 AM

Today we shot my interview for the Tran documentary. We're trying to think of funny bonus features for each one of our interviews and mine was somewhat disturbing.

Then we digitized a lot of material from our old live action short films - footage dating back to when we were in high school together. They were all shot on home video and look kind of cheap (and embarrassing), but we poured a lot of ideas and work into them. One of them, a short called Caffeine, is being digitally "restored" and put on the DVD in its entirety.

The only thing that sucks about all this is our deadline, the San Diego Comic-Con, which is in a few weeks. We don't HAVE to finish by then, but if we don't we'll miss out on the opportunity to sell them there at the Sketchbook Sessions booth. They're a great group of people who have offered us a last minute space at their table. But I've heard that rushing the production of a DVD is a really bad idea...

-b



Saturday
July.3.04 - 3:15 AM

First entry. We are finally putting Dr. Tran on DVD and I am in a semi-exhausted/panicky state of joyfulness. We're running around interviewing everybody for the documentaries while simultaneously editing them all together (technically there are 3 of them), and trying to pack the disc with bulk bonus features in a way I've never quite seen done before.

I'm finding the need to shovel my thoughts onto you, the public, what with the overwhelming workload and all. We're doing a documentary on THE MAKING of DR. TRAN, and another one about BEYOND GRANDPA and the early films of Lone Sausage Productions. The third one I don't want to talk about yet, but I'll tell you more as the release date nears.

More soon.
-b



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