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FSM Liner Notes Instructions
Posted By: Lukas Kendall 10/5/2015 - 10:00 PM
You would think that working with the music is most of what you do when you have a film music CD label. It’s maybe a third. There’s also the business side—that’s another third. The final third is dealing with the packaging…and it can be the most exhausting of all. At least it was for me.

I can say this now because I no longer have a label: I hate liner notes. I almost never read them. Like a lot of things, they are easy to do poorly, and hard to do well. The writer needs a knowledge of film, of music, of film music (not the same thing), the ability to write clearly, an understanding that it’s a commercial product (no trashing the movie), and a willingness to do research and check facts—like looking up the years of the movies and not just pulling them from memory (Jeff Bond!).

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FSM Catalog—Low Quantities Report, Part 12, CD Vol. 15 (2012)
Posted By: Lukas Kendall 11/23/2014 - 10:00 PM
By barely popular demand, I will wrap up my reminiscences of producing the CDs in the Film Score Monthly catalog. Go here for the previous installment, which has links to the earlier ones.

I am not including sales and pressing numbers because I don’t even know what they are. I put off writing this column because, in all honesty, I was so burnt out that many of my memories are not happy ones. I never got tired of the music, but the administrative duties of running a boutique label—negotiating contracts, proofing packages, maintaining financing, finding new titles to release—did me in.

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Lukas Kendall Announces 3 New Releases
Posted By: Lukas Kendall 5/27/2014 - 10:00 PM
That headline is a bit of a gag but I have to get you to start reading.

News of the first two “releases” I put on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, which some of you might have seen: my wife and I are expecting identical twin girls this August. We are very excited.

This makes me highly motivated to promote the third new release, that crazy NC-17 movie I cowrote and coproduced. After a specialty theatrical release earlier this year, LUCKY BASTARD is now available for buy or rent in the U.S. and Canada on many VOD platforms including Amazon, Xbox, Sony Playstation, Vimeo, direct from our website via VHX, and numerous cable and satellite platforms including Time Warner and DirecTV. (A DVD will be released from Revolver Entertainment on July 1. Internationally, the only distribution at the moment is a download via our website.)

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Franchise Fatigue
Posted By: Lukas Kendall 6/10/2013 - 10:00 PM
NOTE: I wrote this a few weeks ago, sent it to some movie website that blew me off. Here it is anyway:

Star Trek Into Darkness opened to a four-day domestic weekend of some $80 million. This is a staggering amount of money, yet the movie was characterized as underperforming. Into Darkness did record business overseas (for Star Trek), but its emphasis in fast-moving action after months of hype-through-secrecy left core Trekkies mumbling the Vulcan proverb, “Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.”

In college I took a film theory class during which I asked the professor if it was true that movies today (circa 1996) had too many close-ups, because directors were familiar with television and music videos. The professor responded with one of the guiding principles of my life: “That may be true, but I try not to beat up on historical change.”

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Lucky Bastard Feature Film
Posted By: Lukas Kendall 1/24/2013 - 10:00 PM
Hi Everyone,

I've posted at the non-film score part of the discussion board, but for those of you who don't know, I have co-written and co-produced a feature film, "Lucky Bastard."

This film features mature subject matter and is not for everyone—it's NSFW but you can view the TRAILER here.

Please check out the new poster at our home page,

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Low Quantity Alert 10/16/12
Posted By: Lukas Kendall 10/16/2012 - 10:00 AM
Buyer beware! The following are last remaining stocks at SAE...
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FSM News, Low Quantities and Freebies 6/27/12
Posted By: Lukas Kendall 6/27/2012 - 9:00 AM
FSM CD #248 is almost done and we expect it to be available in mid to late July, a 2CD set. There are only three FSM titles left before we shut the label down and this one will be of great interest, I am sure! (That's not a hint, it's a fact!)

In the meantime, here is a special offer effective today until we say otherwise:

Buy $50 worth of FSM CDs (pre-shipping charges) and get a free gift of one of following 3CD sets:

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FSM CD News and Freebie Offer May 2012
Posted By: Lukas Kendall 5/4/2012 - 8:00 AM
The final four FSM CDs are coming—look for #247 in June. We'll probably hit #250 in late summer.

In the meantime, here's a little FSM freebie offer you might enjoy at Screen Archives:

Buy any $50 (not including postage) of FSM CDs and get FREE your pick of ONE the following:

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FSM Catalog—Low Quantities Report, Part 11, CD Vol. 14 (2011)
Posted By: Lukas Kendall 3/25/2012 - 9:00 PM
Here is part eleven of my overview of our FSM CD catalog—which titles are sold out, which are getting low (including exact quantities) and which would be around for some time to come. Go here for The Early YearsVolume 5 (2002)Volume 6 (2003)Volume 7 (2004)Volume 8 (2005)Volume 9 (2006)Volume 10 (2007)Volume 11 (2008)Volume 12 (2009) and Volume 13 (2010) reports.
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Posted By: Lukas Kendall 3/19/2012 - 10:00 AM
Since I announced the end of the FSM CDs people have asked me what I want to do next. I have typically not answered or given a vague response like “I want to get into the film business.”

That happens to be true. Over the past several years I have written various things (okay, by “things,” I mean screenplays) and tried to go about selling them, making them, building relationships, calling in favors, etc.

As anybody who has tried this can tell you, it is a long, frustrating process, often hopeless, dependent on good luck, an Ed Wood attitude (“My next one will be better!”), and the kindness of strangers.

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