On the opening day of White Frog, just when I thought I could relax and have a meal with Jason Tobin and Chink’s production team to celebrate Jason’s winning “Best Actor” or “Breakout Performance for an Actor” award at the 2013 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, I got a call from my producer Ellie Wen who said that the TCL Chinese Theater needed a new DCP because the movie was not in sync when they played back the DCP.
Flabbergasted, I drove to Pasadena to pick up the Laemmle’s DCP while on the phone in the car in a conference call with Garrett at Simple DCP, Ellie and the projectionist at TCL. We all agreed the solution was to test out the DCP Laemmle had and also deliver a Bluray.
“We can also cancel today’s screenings,” said the theater manager casually.
“No, we can’t. People have bought tickets and the cast is coming for the 7:40pm show,” said Ellie.
“I will be there by 4pm, and we’ll have it up and running even though we missed the 2pm show and may miss the 5pm show,” I said.
I got to Pasadena and spoke with the manager who said the DCP was playing fine at their system. Getting the DCP, I drove back to my place, grabbed my Bluray player and screeners and headed to the Chinese.
At 4pm, we ingested the DCP from Laemmle and played it back. It was out of sync. I was shocked. We set up the Bluray and it seemed to play fine.
I called Garrett who told me to bring back the DCP. I brought back the DCP and both DCPs played fine on his system.
“The best way is for me to see the issue,” said Garrett, so we headed back to the Chinese. It was almost 6pm. We tested the DCP again and it was out of sync.
“Have you tried restarting the system?” asked Garrett.
The projectionist restarted the system and then the server wouldn’t connect to the projector.
At 7pm, I said I had to go back to change. So I left for home. When I called Garrett at 7:20pm, he said he was still there and the projector still wouldn’t connect to the server.
Seriously, are we going have a screening? At this point I really have no idea how opening night would turn out.
At 7:45pm, I got to the theater and Ellie said the movie had already started while a huge line of people were still purchasing tickets for the show. At least the projector was up and running now… on the Bluray system I brought from home.
When I got into the dark theater, it was a full house and I couldn’t even find a seat. That day was nothing short of a miracle. I’ve never had such a stressful and rewarding day in my life.
(Read Part I here)