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Tuesday, December 24, 2002:

First of all, Merry Christmas everybody, and a Happy New Year.  Now that the festive holiday cheer is out of the way, on to the depressing commentary.

Not to overstate the obvious, but we have some news.  However, I can't say with complete honesty that it's all good news.  As a matter of fact, I can't say with any honesty at all that it's good news.  In short, we have some bad news.

I've just been informed that our ISP is pulling the plug on our internet service.  One of the main reasons we went with this particular ISP is because they would allow us to run a web server with our DSL lines, as well as giving us a static IP address.  Unfortunately, they claim they're not making as much money off of it as they would like, so they're dumping the whole shebang.  (I was hosting the web page off a computer in my basement.  Luckily, bandwidth was never a problem because the site is relatively small, and the actual number of hits is quite low.)

What this means for you, our fans, is that the web page will probably not be accessible at www.thettt.com for the foreseeable future.  At this point, my options are pretty limited.  I can go with a free service, such as Geocities, but that would suck beyond all comprehension, so I probably won't.  I could also pay to have the site hosted with a professional web hosting service, but that costs extra money, so I probably won't do that, either.  Most likely what will happen is the site will move to a "free" page given to us by the new ISP.  The advantage of this is that the site will still be online.  The disadvantage (and it's a huge one) is that it will no longer be www.thettt.com.  That's a real bummer, too, since I own the domain name.  If and when I get more info on what the new URL will be, I'll post it here first thing.  In any case, I'm going to do everything I can to keep the site online in some form.

Another problem this raises, however minor, is that my Email address at thettt.com won't be available.  At least not for a bit of transition time.  For this reason I'm putting my AOL address on the main page again.  If one fails, the other will most likely work. 

In other news, we plan to go to the ZOMFF on January 11, 2002 at 7:00 pm.  If you've ever had the inexplicable urge to meet us in person, that'll be the time to do so.  As for the results, we'll definitely try to get them online.  Chances are that they'll be on www.zoetropolis.com, if not here.  Stay tuned, if possible.

Saturday, December, 07, 2002:

Well, after a month and a half of submitting The TTT Presents: One Minute, we finally heard from Zoetropolis.  Hopefully you'll be as happy to hear as we are to announce that we are one of the 60 finalists.  But regardless of whether or not you actually are, we will anyway.  We're one of the 60 finalists.

For further information on the film festival itself, you can visit Zoetropolis's website, www.zoetropolis.com  The ZOMFF (which is the groovy abbreviation for Zoetropolis One Minute Film Fest, and pronounced, we assume, zomf.)  will be held on the weekend of January 10th, 11th and 12th.  There will be promotional items such as T-shirts as well as a DVD which showcases the 60 finalists.  As you can tell, we're all pretty excited about getting published, not to mention the whole rest of the whatnot.  Hopefully one of the next updates will tell the unfortunate group of you who can't make it to the film fest how it turned out.  And hopefully it'll be good news, altho you, our fanatically loyal fans, will probably be happy with any news at all.

Monday, November 04, 2002:

We haven't been updating recently because we've been working hard on the latest project: "The TTT Presents: One Minute."  Here's a quick history behind this project since we didn't put it in the upcoming productions page:

A local independent film house called Zoetropolis is sponsoring Lancaster's first film festival.  It's called the One Minute Film Fest because all entries need to be 60 seconds or less.  We first heard about it in early September, and figured since a minute was so short, we couldn't let this slip by.  We decided to use an idea we'd been batting around for quite some time: do a short movie trailer.  We spent 2 weekends shooting raw footage (nearly 20 minutes total), and about 4 weeks in post production.  The resulting masterpiece is available for download, if you feel your eyeballs are up to the challenge.

Anyway, because of the short time schedule, we decided to use as few people as possible.  If there's one disadvantage to having a lot of people around, it's that it really slows things down.  We had to be quick and good, so we used no more than three people.  [Editor's Note: In fact, we'd like to take this time to publicly apologize to the rest of the TTT who didn't even know about this until now. We still need you guys for other stuff; don't kill us, please.]  Suffice it to say, we all put our best mouse-clicking fingers forward and produced said tour-de-force.

The deadline for entries was October 31.  We haven't heard anything from them yet, but when we do, you, our loyal fans, will be about the 10th or 11th to know.

Thursday, August 30, 2002:

A new record.  Three, yes, three updates in one month.  Amazing.  I know what you're thinking.  You're thinking:  I suppose you have a really good reason to warrant updating thrice per month.  Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I do.  That reason is the songs from From Beyond are not only up in lyrical form, but now also in MP3 form as well.  Now technically, I've done more than three updates this month.  As you may have noticed, the colors have been adjusted, I added the banner and logo across the top, minor things have been fixed.  This month has really been the month of lots o' updates.  However, I'm counting this as the third main update.  The third News update, if you will.  The other stuff was just improving the page to go along with the new domain name.

In other news, the web page and the editor are going as well as, if not better than, expected.  For that reason, I may have more reason to update more often, and have an easier time of doing it.  Hopefully that will mean 2 or 3 updates per month will be commonplace.  [Editor's Note: HA!]  We'll see.

Tuesday, August 13, 2002:

Well, when it rains, it pours.  Once again, two updates in one month.  You know by now that I never update twice in a month unless I have a dang good reason too, and this time, it is, I daresay, a dang good reason.  The Official Homepage of the TTT is now has it's own domain name, www.thettt.com.  Yes, we like to think we're moving up in the world.  Aside from not having annoying ads like Geocities, we have unlimited space and more flexibility for updates, although with a trade off of bandwidth.  However, I'm betting on the assumption that that won't be a problem, because nobody visits the site except us, anyway.  Once our amazing rocket to fame occurs, we'll move the page to a server with more bandwidth if need be.  Either way, you, the dedicated fan, need not worry because it shall forever remain accessible via www.thettt.com.

Thursday, August 1, 2002:

Amazingly, we've actually been doing quite a bit of work since the last update.  It is summed up thusly:

Tales from the Script has been relegated to the honorable "back burner" position.  In other words, we're working on it when we feel like it.  The current estimation for completion lies more than a year down the road.  It really all depends on who actually writes scripts and when we find time to film them outside of...

Taking a Left is the newest TTT project currently underway.  Actual informational updates can be found on the Upcoming Productions page, in a somewhat futile attempt at organization.

We feel we're going a new direction with this project, but since that sounds like trite and stupid, we won't say it that way.  Instead, we'll say we're going for a new feel for this project.  Rather than the straight parody (which we've gotten significantly away from, especially in From Beyond), we are going for a more general all-around comedy feel.  Specifically, we're going for what's called "camp."  A sort of psuedo-comedy where the movie takes itself completely seriously, but the audience is expect to find the humor in it.  (The Evil Dead series is the epitome of camp.)  We'll see how it goes with audiences.

Thursday, January 17, 2002:

Well, despite the pessimistic comments of the editor, the TTT remains to this day.  Better than ever, in fact.  [Editor's Note:  Pessimism is not a bad thing.  If one is completely pessimistic, there are no surprises in life.] 

We recently had another filming which kicked off our latest project, Tales From The Script.  The film noir script never did get off the runway (actually, it blew up in the hanger), but bits of it might appear in TFTS.   As always, we'll keep you posted, when we feel like it.

Also, as I've been promising for many months, I finally got the lyrics from all the songs in From Beyond transcribed into the computer.