I wanted to touch base with you all personally on the Day 419 progress. As you know, we’ve been trying our utmost to get a first master of Depleted: Day 419 finished by June 1st. The team at Oakwood Sound Design spent all day on Thursday working on it. While I was only able to be there for part of it, we’re really close to the end. While it doesn’t look like we’ll quite make June 1st for the 1st master, we believe it’ll be done around a week from that date. Once the first master is completed, we’re almost ready to release it. What will occur at that point is that we, as the creative team, will make any final tweaks that need to occur after the first master is done and then allow a few weeks of space to occur, so we can watch the film with fresh eyes and, more importantly, fresh ears, to make sure everything works together sonically. Doubtlessly a few more corrections will occur and then we will be ready to release it at that point!
One interesting thing with this entire process is that we’re going to have two versions of Day 419 available almost from the outset. One will be the “Internet Mix”, which will feature maximized audio, so people can hear the film properly on everything from an iPhone’s speaker to a battered pair of computer speakers. This will be hosted on YouTube (likely as two parts, as the film is clocking in at just over 21 minutes). However, because maximizing audio so it could be heard on all possible systems gets rid of a lot of detail, this version will minimize a lot of the amazing work that was done by the professional audio team at Oakwood Sound Design for this film. As such, we will have a higher quality version with a much more dynamic audio track available for people to watch in one setting which will be hosted by Sorenson360. We highly recommend that you watch this version on a system with either a good speaker system or with a good pair of headphones. (Interestingly enough, while really good headphones can be amazingly expensive, I recently discovered a pair of headphones that’s less than $5 that allows you to hear a lot of the amazing lows and range in Day 419. It was a happy accident, as I was looking for some inexpensive headphones that could be essentially “disposable” and I managed to find ones that had amazingly good quality for their price point. As we will soon have a World of Depleted store for elements that you might find useful, these headphones will definitely be on that list! )
Now that all the content has been finalized for Day 419, I can confirm that there will be codes hidden inside of Day 419. Where they are or how many there are, I will not tell. However, I can tell you that every one of them will impact your viewing experience of Day 419 and give you a greater clue as to where some of the story archs are headed. (Now, with that said, while some clues are obvious once you decode them, most of them must be first decoded and then thought about more fully to be truly understood.)
At the end of the day, we hope that this film will have been worth the patience of our Contributors and fans, and that it makes even more people interested in this Creative Community as a whole.
We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your support and enthusiasm,
Writer/Director, Day 419
Co-Founder, World of Depleted