On Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of April I premiered my short fantasy/thriller short film 3 Keys at The Museum of Northern California Art along with puppets and props from the film, a short behind the scenes video, and a Q&A with the other artists, actors, and contributors who made this film possible. The event exceeded my expectations and our opening night required all the extra chairs that the museum had. We even had fun handing out free skeleton keys as people came in (my wife's great idea).
Watching the film in front of an audience for the first time was nerve wracking but they reacted exactly how I would have hoped. An unexpected outcome was the eagerness of certain audience members to try and solve a puzzle that is a main component of the film. This lead to great conversations, and varying theories...however, I'm keeping the true answer a secret (you'll have to see the film to understand this puzzle).
My films are very sculptural and so I displayed as many of the puppets and props as I could but unfortunately some didn't survive production. Many of the questions from the audience evolved around the process of stop-motion animation and the visual effects as well as a specific in camera visual effect that shows Brigette Funk falling into a dream.
Here are some photos from the 2 day premiere: