Are you ready for your closeup? Want to have your memories featured in the film, or on our DVD bonus features?
Since we started making Wild About '88: The Rise of Arizona Basketball, we knew "The Fans" would be an indispensable, crucial character. The Fans and Tucson are as important to Arizona Basketball as Gotham City is to Batman.
Through the years we have taken photographs of and with our favorite players, and captured home movies of big moments. We hope you have done the same. Your memories will help us give you the meaty movie role we've always imagined for you!
So we're putting a call out to all Arizona Fans to submit personal photos and home movies you've captured through the years!*
This is not limited to the 87-88 season. We would also love anything from the "pre-Lute" era (Enke, Larson, Snowden, Lindsey, etc.), Lute's early years at Arizona (83-87), and of course the 1997 National Championship season. Anything from Arizona's long and storied Basketball history is also welcome.
Here's what we're looking for, along with basic instructions on how to get things to us:
These are pictures of you with Wildcats, or just pictures of Wildcats that you took.
If you already have them in digital form, please email them (along with a short description of the photo) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have physical photos, you can scan them, or simply take a high quality photo using your smartphone's camera. Then please email the full quality versions (along with a short description of the photo) to email@example.com.
These are videos of Wildcats that you shot. For example, if you waited for the Cats at the airport in 1988, and shot a video of it.
If they are on old tapes and not digitized, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll coordinate with you to digitally capture them. If you already have them in digital form, simply share the video file with us using a file sharing service (DropBox, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.), and email to email@example.com (please include a short written description of what's in the video).
If you have anything else you think might interest us, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about it! Just to be clear, we are not asking you to donate any physical items to us, but rather find a way to share your photos and videos with us digitally, using the Internet.
*By sharing your photos and/or videos with us, you are giving us permission to use them for any and all purposes related to Wild About '88: The Rise of Arizona Basketball, including but not limited to: advertising, promotion, and/or exhibition on any and all media platforms now known or later developed.
In other words, if you don't want something in the film, on our DVD bonus features, or used to promote the film, then please hang onto it.
Your photos and/or videos may or may not be used in the finished film, but even if they aren't, there's a strong likelihood that they will still end up on our DVD bonus features! Plus we will put the names of everyone who submits memories in the closing credits of the film!
Thank you! We can't wait to share your memories with Wildcat Nation!
Brad and Sean
Wild About '88: The Rise of Arizona Basketball
Dear '88 Supporters,
Brad here, it's been nearly four months since our last blog entry, and since then we have accomplished a lot.
We haven't made a big deal out of this, but for the past several years, my brother Sean and I have been working on the film whenever we could: off and on, after hours, and in between long stints at our full time jobs. The distance between us has also been a challenge. Sean lives in Orange County, California, and I live in Tucson.
We would take a couple weeks off of our "day jobs" here and there to capture interviews for the film, embarking on epic road trips spanning from Oakland, California to Middlebury, Vermont ("from sea to shining sea!").
Even at times when Sean and I could not attend interviews together, Sean and (Co-Producer) Mustan Dawood would travel and film on location, and I would participate via video chat.
This Summer we have been blessed with a great opportunity to take extended time off of our day jobs, be in the same location, and work full-time on the film. Being together has proved immensely satisfying and productive. We make a good team, and I am so lucky to have someone as talented as my brother to help me with our creative vision.
As we mentioned in the past, we are essentially past the interview stage, and we are now in the post-production stage. Over the past several weeks, we have been watching, re-watching, and organizing over 50 hours of interview footage, tightening up our outline, and rolling up our sleeves to make our first rough cut. It's exciting!
My original plan for this blog was to break down the historic '87-'88 season week by week, but we have realized that the film itself needs as much effort as we can muster right now. So, we have decided to modify the blogs. Instead of a detailed season review, we will be using this platform to update you on our progress and share behind the scenes moments. Take a look at this video for an inside look into our "process." :)
Thanks for all the support you have given us so far! Stay tuned, on Monday we'll be making a big announcement about more ways to get involved, and maybe even have your '88 memories featured in the film!
Brad (and Sean)
Wild About '88: The Rise of Arizona Basketball