A lot of people have been getting their day-to-day news about this production and all this DVD stuff from this weblog; I’m sure the 2+ day news blackout has been painful. Let me let you know how it’s all going.
First of all, the vast majority of the DVDs have shipped! Hundreds went out on Sunday, and another hundred went out today. I will post conclusively when every last single pre-order is out the door, but I’m expecting most of them to be done within the day.
The remaining orders are:
Autographed copies (because there’s an additional packing step)
Orders of more than 1 (special boxes)
Foreign/Overseas orders (forms, forms, forms)
Assembling the final packages was a lot of work; even though I’d assembled everything as far as I could previously, the last disk required not making the slipcovers and putting the case in until just before packing. This was an enormous amount of time required to put these together, but it does mean that people will be getting their DVDs up to a week before they would have if I’d just waited for the truck to come with the pre-assembled pieces.
I spent basically all Friday and Saturday packing all these boxes, verifying addresses, getting things sorted, and generally preparing for the onslaught of mail. The dining room was used for assembling the packages, and then the kitchen became the shipping depot, with stacks of packaged, labelled DVDs ready to go:
There is a post office in Boston that is open 24 hours and is staffed on Sundays, and so I showed up with my many, many boxes and gave them big, soulful eyes. They lent me a mailing cart and with the help of my friend Charlie, we sent out a car-load’s worth of these things:
Surprisingly, the post office took this guy showing up with an insane amount of boxes in stride, and the two nice ladies who were manning the desk initiated a two-part load-balanced stamping operation, which slammed through the stuff in about 15 minutes:
Finally, here I am with the reciepts for an enormous amount of mailed-out packages:
Quite a trip. Like I said, another bunch went out today, more go out tomorrow, and the “odd” pre-orders (multiples and other issues) are going out around this time as well. It turns out I have to fill out an enormous amount of forms for shipping overseas, and this will delay people, but not by much and I expect to have the whole thing cleared this week.
It was definitely worth all the effort, because some of you have waited seven months, and a week makes a difference; be aware, if you get a box for your pre-order, the director assembled, packed and shipped it himself.
I suspect one or two of you got two copies for the price of one. Congratulations.
Then begins the inevitable fun of returned/misaddressed packages, bounced checks, chargebacks, and all the rest of the fun that comes with mailing out “stuff” into the world at large. Oh, and the reviews. Did I mention the reviews!
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