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NY Screening of Test Footage

We screened the test footage for a film adaptation of Life on Tilt this weekend.

These screenings were at the Madison Theater in Albany, NY. This is an independent theater which shows first-run movies and the owner, Jay, offered to let us show our brief test footage between showings. We sent out invites and were pleased to have a couple of hundred folks show up. We did a special, private screening for cast and crew, then the director and I introduced the footage to our test audiences. Each attendee received a copy of poker champ Charlie Shoten's book "The No-Limit Life" about reducing stress to play better poker and enjoy life more.

The main point of the screenings was to gauge audience reaction and have attendees fill out a brief questionnaire to help us move the project forward.

It was incredibly surreal to see the work on the screen. I can't possibly put into words what it's like to see your creative work displayed on an 80×35 foot screen. But since this is a blog, I guess I better try! There's a certain vulnerability that goes with this, realizing you've done all you can and it's now up to the audience. And hanging on the audience’s reaction is terrifying. Why didn’t they laugh at that? It was

supposed to be funny. Why are they laughing now? That wasn’t supposed to be funny.

 

In the end, it was a great experience and I'm thankful for those who attended and were candid about what grooved them and what didn't.

 

You can see some of the footage here: http://www.pokerplayerssocialnetwork.com/video/life-on-tilt-sample-scene

 

See you in the movies!

 

John

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