It’s another Friday already — sometimes it’s very hard to believe that another week has gone flashing by. It’s frightening how fast it goes — particularly when you’re trying to get projects like WeEarth.com and Way of the Dolphin up on their feet. Here’s the update as of Friday morning, 7 March.
Picture: Carly Schroeder hanging out with the kids of Smith’s Point, Grand Bahama Island, during the filming of Eye of the Dolphin.
Way of the Dolphin Pre-Production Update
In the Bahamas, Cornelius McKinney has been setting up our schedule for our visit next week. We will be visiting potential locations; meeting with the Film Commission; meeting with potential crew members; identifying equipment available on the island, and (this is one I’m looking forward to) on Friday night we will be having a special screening for the residents of Smith Point, many of whom haven’t seen the movie yet (a group of them came to the Bahamas Premiere but many others couldn’t come) at the White Wave Bar in Smiths’ Point. The White Wave is where we filmed the town hall meeting scenes in Eye of the Dolphin — so we will back in the same hall, with the same people, showing them the movie on Friday night. It should be fun and will set the tone for our ongoing cooperation with the people of Smiths’ Point as we go forward into Way of the Dolphin.
In Los Angeles, we finally cut off the resume submission process at 792 resumes, and Susan Johnson has been going through those meticulously. Wendell Morris is pounding away on the script and today we’re having a conference call with several dolphin specialists to help with a few of the details that he’s now dealing with. Today I’ll be meeting with Lila Javan, our Director of Photographer, and several candidates for other positions such as Production Designer and Costume Designer.
Corporate Sponsorship Push Underway for Way of the Dolphin
Obtaining substantial corporate sponsorship is an area that we are pursuing with special aggressiveness this time around, as we prepare for Way of the Dolphin filming in May. We’re working hard on potential sponsors . I’m not personally en expert on this, but we’ve got some great experts out there in the trenches getting this done . We also, in support of this, are about to finish with completion of the EOD initial flyer/sell sheet, and other supporting materials.
WeEarth Progresses On Schedule
WeEarth continues to build toward the 22 April launch date. This week we have completed and launched one of several major contracts for the backend technology that will drive the site. We also did on our first major promotional pushes at the Langerado Music Festival in the Florida Everglades, and we’re already seeing increased traffic to the site as a result. Within our group debate is raging about the look and feel of the home page as it will appear on April 22nd (it will look a bit like it does now — but much will change). We also have been wrangling our way through the acquisition of the SSL certificate and other things that are required before we can launch the eCommerce. It looks like we’ll be ready to start processing eCommerce transations sometime next week, and from that point on we’ll build it steadily.