Watching the Superbowl on a location shoot in Australia??
Ok, ok… I know I’ve been slack and haven’t updated you guys on what’s going on. So consider this an update.
We all got together and worked out despite our moderate success on Kickstarter, we were still about $10k short of being able to start this movie.
So, we all put down the cameras and scripts and story boards, and got jobs.
Yes, it sucks, but that’s what you have to do if you want to make it big.
I’ve been talking to the guys who just launched the Aussie movie Wyrmwood and that’s what you have to do to get your first feature film up. You have to bootstrap it.
So that’s what we’ve been doing.
The good news is that we’ve done that. We’ve put in the hard yards, got some cash together, and now we’re ON LOCATION IN AUSTRALIA SHOOTING OUR FILM!!!
Can you believe that? 4 dudes in the land of OZ getting real with Kangeroos and having a great time.
We’ve got about 16 hours with of footage done so far and we’ve got another 120 to shoot whilst we’re here. We’re on a pretty tight schedule but I think we can do it.
BUT… There were two problems.
First problem: international roaming fees. Wow. Who knew? I made one call to my mum and it used almost all our kickstarter funds! I thought it might be a few bucks but I didn’t think AT&T were that steep!
The only way I found around it was to use a local carrier. Yes, international calls are expensive but nowhere near as expensive and international roaming. I had to unlock my iPhone to be able to do it but it was easy enough. There are a bunch of great unlock providers listed here.
It only takes 5 minutes and it saved us $$$.
The second problem was this little game you might not have heard of called ‘The SuperBowl…’
Have you heard of it? It’s just one of the biggest single games of any sport in the world…
Well, here’s the problem, it’s not streamed for free in Australia. For some reason, they appear to hate us and want us to pay money just to watch the game.
Fuck that… NFL.com wants $60 for it which I think is highway robbery considering NBC Sports is streaming it for free.
But, herein lies the problem. You can’t access NBC Sports from Australia. They block overseas visitors from the American site.
So, I did some research on how to watch the SuperBowl from overseas and I found this little article.
It turns out that the only thing you need to bypass the NBC filters in a VPN. It tricks the NBC website into thinking that you’re actually in America and so lets you access the website, and therefore, the SuperBowl, for free.
The $15 outlay for the VPN is FAR better than the $60 the NFL wanted and it also lets me log into Netflix whilst I’m down here as well.
What a sweet deal.
So, long story short, we’re watching the SuperBowl from Australia and we’re going to get crazy! In a polite and responsible manner because that’s the kind of people we are… 😉