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A Trip To The HD Therapist OR The Fustrations of Getting Your HD Content Seen

by Stephanie Batailler

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Since February when I completed my short film 'Trip to the Planetarium' (combines live action HD with traditional 2D Animation and took two years to make) I have encountered so many difficulties.

First, it took me almost 6 weeks to be able to find the right room for this first screening (private). I live in New York city so you would think it should have been easy but NO! In NYC there are still so few screening rooms that can screen HD and that independent filmmakers can afford. I had to compromised and get a room with a Digibeta deck (even that Digibeta deck was a struggle, it’s another story!). Screening rooms rates increase with the format chosen for the screening. For a room with a capacity of 70 seats, prices ranges from $275/hour if your screen analogue Beta SP to $350/hour if you want Digibeta to 450/hour if you want HDCam !! I was looking for a room slightly bigger and every week I had to increase the level of my budget’s limit.

Everybody wants filmmakers to shoot films in a HD format. Everybody is speaking about HD anyway, even my step-dad who still doesn’t know how to use a computer but wants to buy an HD Camera !! While I cannot afford to have my own ! Very soon, in supermarkets they will try to sell us HD candies !! But you known what? Nobody knows what HD means, it’s just sound cool !

Well it doesn’t sound cool to me or even my wallet ! My excitement and joy of having finally finished the film after more than two years of intense work got darkened quickly. I know now that the real work is starting only now with trying to promote and distribute my HD film.

I should add that combining HD with traditional 2D Animation makes it even more difficult. However, since last week I’ve learned that the film is going to be at the Short Film Corner, the short film market at the Cannes Film Festival (see at,go to Films and enter the title ‘Trip to the Planetarium”). This is not a competition but at least it will be an amazing opportunity to meet distributors and investors from all around the world (and not spending weeks on making just phone calls). They will be at the film market in Cannes so I will be able to give them a copy in person! Well at least that is what I think but I don’t know yet if it will be that easy, I will let you know when I’m there ?) .

To celebrate the event, I decided not just to organize a Private screening but also to do a panel on "How to combine HD live action with 2D animation° at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in NYC, May 15th 2008 from 7 to 9 pm (limited seating). Apart from the technical aspects we will also discuss about the marketing and distribution. I got a special guest Corey Boddie, a Security/Entertainment Attorney in the area of film, television, music, fashion and a hedge fund consultant specializing in entertainment investing who will speak on °Is investing in films profitable for the investor?". One of Corey°s clients is Josh Raskin (oscar nominated director 2007 for his short film).

I had proposed a similar panel to Cannes for the Short film market. They were very much interested two weeks ago when I sent my proposal (even Corey would have come to Cannes) but they told me that they thought about it but then decided that subject of my panel was °not general enough°, °too specific°. So, I replied °But it is about HD, it is not specific, HD is everywhere !°, they said °But in the coming years, we will organize panels like that but it is too soon now°.

Let me also tell you what happened on April 3rd, it was something unbelievable. That day I had called HDNet and asked if they would be interested to join and become panelist. HDNet is the biggest HD programmer here in the US. The person I talked to first, Ben (don't know his last name?) was very enthusiast and he told me to contact the Director of Media and Public relations. So I did and sent her a proposal for HDNet to become a panelist at my conference in NYC and in Cannes if they had a representative. But she replied °Thanks for the invitation but the technical/production realm is not my forte so I'm am going to pass°!! I could not believe it. I sent her back an email and said °Thank you for your reply. But you don't have to be a high technical person, the Cinematographer, animators or myself will answer such questions. However, you represent HD tv and HD which is one of the core (subjects) of my conference°. She replied again °Thank you but I am still going to pass.° So, I googled for the president and found Mark Cuban's email, I forwarded the emails exchange with Colette and asked if someone who knows HD in his company would be interested in joining us at the Panel. I never got a response.

Voila !! I am having so much fun !

See a short trailer below or at

A Trip To The Planetarium was shot with a Panasonic VariCam AJ-HDC27 (1280x720), edited with Final Cut Pro.


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island vibes                                                                 May, 2009 Issue




Is it Year 2051?

By Dustin P Prudhomme

While traveling the Bleeker Street Circuit in New York City recently, the music of multiculturalism could be heard coming from inside the local venues. I’m still not sure if it was the sexy outfits or the dancing throughout the audience that raised my suspicions. However, after coming off the street and entering the Ace of Clubs, I was treated to the spectacular sound of a new hip band singing under the label of SkyeBat. SkyeBat uses a mixture of several band components to create a unique music collection. With parts of the songs being sung in French and English, they truly give a true sense of the current trend in multicultural entertainment.

The band founder is Stephanie Batailler, who is native to the French Alps part of France. While living in the United States for the past eight years, Stephanie has not always been a musician. Stephanie first began to put together the music while producing A Trip to the Planetarium, which recently won Hawaii’s 2009 Honolulu International Film Festival Silver Lei award. This short film provided the inspiration for Stephanie to create SkyeBat and bring the idea into fruition by beginning the band.

Much of SkyeBat’s music is co-produced by Stephanie and Kennan Keating. While most of the music is new and created solely for SkyeBat, they have been able to reproduce and resurrect ‘A Walk on the Moon’; a soundtrack from a movie with the same name. This was a great treat to an old classic. With the ability to reproduce music and bring these creations back to life, only great things are in store for this young band as they travel through time.

SkyeBat creator Stephanie Batailler works alongside with Kennan Keating, who has a long history within the music industry. Kennan, has who has assisted in producing, engineering, songwriter and instrumentalist for SkyeBat, has also worked with multi-platinum major label artists and bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, Blondie, Jessica Simpson, Alicia Keys and LL Cool J. With this knowledge and music industry and in sight, Kennan is an asset to SkyeBat.

Stephanie Batailler has stated, "Writing a novel, a script or lyrics, it's the same, it's about telling a story and communicating emotion with the audience adding to the fact that I strongly think that we encounter more Alien behavior on Earth than in Space.” After many requests from viewers of the film and family, Stephanie set out to work with Kennan Keating to develop the music that became the cornerstone of today’s band, SkyeBat.

The band recently released its latest CD titled Year 2051. Eight of SkyeBat’s most popular hits can be heard throughout the Big Apple. With an acoustic guitarist, two electric guitars, electric piano, bass, traditional drummer, and a mix-ologist of percussion equipment, SkyeBat surely has a way of livening up the crowds and getting the beat flowing from the stage throughout the audiences.

Could this be the next influx in the music industry? With Carnival concluded in Trinidad and Tobago, the rest of the Caribbean is gearing up. How would this music play into what we are accustomed to in the Caribbean? SkyeBat is looking to make a showing at the St John, USVI Carnival in 2009 and many throughout the island cannot wait to hear what SkyeBat has in tune for them.

With so many different members playing together to bring out the music, SkyeBat is sure to inspire many. Playing with the band are: Stephanie Batailler (Vocals & Lyrics), Kennan Keating (Electric Guitar & Composer), Stu Newman (Electric Guitar), Jose Rodriguez (Acoustic guitar), David Ross (Drummer), Fabio Mattos (Bass), Shawn Banks (Percussion), Beneficent Robinson (Rapper), and Jian Liang (CD Girl).

When asked why she wanted to combine English and French, Batailler stated, “At the beginning I was torn between writing the songs in English or French. I lived in NYC for the last 11 years, so I speak & write English every day more than I speak French now. However, depending on which kind of story comes into my mind, my French comes back. So after a while struggling, I realized that I didn’t have to choose one specific language to write the lyrics, I just had to let the story leading me. Eventually, words came out very quickly by themselves.”

What will this group do next to increase their marketability within the ever-challenging music industry? After hearing the band, anything is possible from this group of talented artists. SkyeBat plans to continue touring throughout the United States this year including a trip to St John, USVI Carnival in 2009. After producing their music video this year, SkyeBat will try to move into the international music market. SkyeBat’s upcoming performances and CDs are available at

(Dustin P. Prudhomme is a contributor to Island Vibes Magazine and writes about Caribbean culture, business, sports, and entertainment. For comments, please feel free to contact him at

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