We Have Liftoff!

First and foremost, I wanted to announce that the new Tohubohu Productions website, Tohubohu.tv, is officially live! After several years with the old layout, we were way past time for a little facelift. Though in actuality, this is more than just a cosmetic adjustment: In addition to all of the information on the old site, we’ve also got a more intuitive interface (including having these updates featured on the main page, rather than buried further down); full site searching capability; behind-the-scenes photos, storyboards, and videos; a discussion board; more contributor biographies; and there’s plenty still to come (including some special “members-only” access options)! As for additional features, we’d love your input, so let us know if there’s something we should add.

We’re also going to be relaunching the Producer Podcast in the very near future. We’ve already got some great commentaries on “Number One With a Bullet” in the can, and will be going back and revisiting some of our earlier productions as well. On top of that, we’re planning to have segments on filmmaking tips and tricks, interviews with some of our regular cast and crew members, and maybe even some outside-the-fold guests. (No promises on the frequency of episodes, but we are definitely working to make it a regular release schedule.) Got ideas for topics (or want to help out)? Drop us a line or make a suggestion at the aforementioned discussion board!

In production news, we had a great screening of our newest short “Green House” at the AFI Silver Theater for the international 48 Go Green competition (along with some other really creative entries). Our phenomenal cast ended up taking home an Honorable Mention award for their stellar performances, for which we couldn’t be more proud. You can check out the trailer for the film at — you guessed it — Tohubohu.tv, and we’re currently looking into other screening opportunities (so stay tuned).

We’re also gearing up for this year’s 48 Hour Film Project — an annual Tohubohu tradition since 2004! Hard to believe we’ve been at it that long. We’re actively working on assembling our production team, so if you want to join in, let us know. As always, we can’t promise anything — we’ve had years where we’re scrambling for team members and others where we’ve got more people than we can possibly use — but please don’t just assume that we know you’re on board. (For example, we hear rumors that our friends at Integral Arts are planning to shoot a TV pilot that same weekend — April 29 through May 1 — and since we tend to share a lot of the same team members, we may be short-handed in some areas.) One area where I know we can always use some help is in sound recording (especially if you’ve got some of your own gear); but really, if you can contribute anything, don’t hesitate to speak up. And I have this sinking feeling that we’re way overdue for drawing the dreaded “Western or Musical” category, so any leads on Western-style gear or locations (or musicians and recording equipment) would most definitely be welcome.

That’s all for now. Be sure to check out the new site, and we look forward to hearing back from you soon!