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Doggie B broke into the IMDb MOVIEmeter top 5,000 on January 14, 2013.

MovieMeter lists more than 1.8 million titles.  IMDb takes into account several measures of popularity for people, titles and companies. The primary measure is who and what people are looking at on the IMDb.com and IMDbPro websites. IMDb.com has over 150 million visitors each month. The MOVIEmeterTM rankings are based on a cumulative total of more than 3 billion pageviews per month. 

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Doggie B News's comment, January 22, 2013 4:23 PM
Update Jan 22, 2013: After more than four weeks on DVD in Redbox, Doggie B remains in the top ten of family film rentals.
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Storyboards in hand, and miniature sets, four key producers signed on.

Storyboards in hand, and miniature sets, four key producers signed on. | Doggie B | Scoop.it

Cheryl Parrot and Patti Seldner-Brown of a company called BooBoo Boulevard changed their business to undertake the making of the film.  They were designers of dog outfits and translated it  to sets and wardrobe and color.


Delicia Niami and Delphine Suter both signed on as Producers and took the same bet everyone else did with deferred pay.  Their presence and connections into the film world gave the film momentum and allowed Romanus to meet incredible talents who ultimately signed on for the vision.  


All were novices to full length feature films, but that meant too that they all had a dream and a desire to push through a seemingly impossible project.  The production team at first consisted of:

 

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Getting a seasoned talent for Cinematographer was important.  The DP had to believe in the project and in Romanus and the team's ability.  Preparedness was the answer every time.  Treat it like art and business, and show the passion for the project.  Miniatures of the sets were made, color palettes put on boards, wardrobe samples were prepared, and the storyboards laid out.  Casting dates were on the tabel. Then Mickey Freeman was brought in to consider the deferred-pay project.  Liking what he saw, and convinced that the team had the skills to pull this off, Mickey signed on.

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The team started to get a sense something good was happening when veteran Mickey Freeman signed on.

The team started to get a sense something good was happening when veteran Mickey Freeman signed on. | Doggie B | Scoop.it

With Mickey on, the best of the Bay Area's crew came to the table.  Both had joined the team deferred and that kind of leadership helped to round out a cast and crew also willing to bet on themselves.  And bet on a new director with an internal drive to aim as high as possible with as much energy as possible.

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Mickey was recently one of the camera operators for the television series‚ “Trauma.” He has been the DP for over 15 films including the Academy Award nominated Goodnight Miss Ann, The Loss of Name- less Things, Presque Isle and most recently Imbued starring Stacy Keach. He has worked as a cameraman on various family films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, The Bachelor, Nine Months, Rent, as well as other dramatic films such as Basic Instinct, True Crime and Under Siege. He adores dogs and understands how to work with them on the set learning everything from his Border Collie, Shadow.

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During post production, the caliber of talent kept increasing even as the film stayed a deferred pay project.

During post production, the caliber of talent kept increasing even as the film stayed a deferred pay project. | Doggie B | Scoop.it

The uber talented Jacob Yoffee penned the exquisite, original score & brought a new dimension to the film.


The score is housed here on SoundCloud, though the depth of its effect on the film can't be understated.  It is an inspired score.  Listen to Gertrude's theme first and you will get the sense you are entering a bigger league production.

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Jacob Yoffee decided to join the Doggie B team after watching the raw version with his wife, a friend, and a five year old.  He knew something special was afoot. Jacob is the resident composer at the American Studio Orchestra.  That very same 40 piece orchestra went into a studio in Los Angeles and recorded the score for Doggie B.  It was a jaw dropping experence for Romanus who was managing post production.

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Everything can change when you get a distribution deal. Even the name of the film.

Everything can change when you get a distribution deal.  Even the name of the film. | Doggie B | Scoop.it

The Doggie B team originally created artwork for the movie poster that can still be seen on the IMDB site. That poster was created from a template on the Walgreen's photo printing web site! It served us well at first, but our US and Canada distributor, Phase4 Films and Kaboom! Entertainment created the attached poster and DVD cover art which plays much better in the marketplace!

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Doggie B News's curator insight, January 10, 2013 3:57 PM

Announced on 16 Aug, 2012, Phase 4 films announced the acquisition of Doggie Boogie, changing its name to Doggie B.  Doggie B was to be distributed under its kids and family label, Kaboom! Entertainment.

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We never imagined that one day our movie would show along side Disney and Pixar.

We never imagined that one day our  movie would show along side Disney and Pixar. | Doggie B | Scoop.it
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#DespicableMe and #IceAge are classics and it's an honor to share their screen space.

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Want more information?

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Doggie B was filmed over a four month period in San Francisco and the Bay Area. More more than 1000 people worked on Doggie B!  The script was written by one person, who recruited two more people to build out the look and feel. As people got excited, momentum grew and grew and grew.

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CONTACT:  ROMANUS WOLTER  Romanus@DoggieBoogieMovie.com


For information on the cast, click here.

For information on creative elements, click here.

For information on reviews to date, click here.

For information on the crew, click here.

For information on Romanus Wolter (creator, writer, director), click here.


Does Dog Dancing really exist?  You bet! It's called Canine Freestyle and you can see more on the sport here.

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Still top ten six weeks later (Redbox, family films, nationally). Live action among animation.

Still top ten six weeks later (Redbox, family films, nationally). Live action among animation. | Doggie B | Scoop.it
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After 6 weeks in Redbox, our live action movie remains at #10 in Family DVDs nationally.  This movie has been seen by alot of people!

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Doggie B started life as an original script from Romanus Wolter.

Doggie B started life as an original script from Romanus Wolter. | Doggie B | Scoop.it

Romanus wanted to make a movie. He burned to make a movie, be a film maker.  But he was focused on making a successful film, one that would be distributed everywhere.  And one that would make people happy.  His research corroborated that family films are the most likely to succeed if done well.  This paired well with his own upbeat style, and it was in 2008 that he created and wrote the first draft of Doggie B.  As a creative entrepreneur,  it was both an art and business decision.

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Determined to make a film whose production flowed smoothly, Romanus set out to write a script that could easily translate to the big screen.  Intently focused, Romanus wrote no fewer than 17 versions of the script.  After each version, he hosted a table read.  In 2009, after 17 table reads, Romanus decided the script was ready for production. 

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Script complete, Romanus and his pal James Erd then spent a year creating frame by frame storyboards.

James was an unemployed flight attendant at the time but had a flair for drawing. He and Romanus focused on matching the storyboards to the script with enough detail that they would be taken seriously by acting and crew talent.  With little money to offer and no movies under his belt, Romanus knew he would need to be very specific on his vision if he were to get anyone at all to buy in to his concept.


The second reel of Storyboards can be found on YouTube here.

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James has an enormous talent for building things, and was one of the main props creators for the flim, a dream of his own since childhood. Using a workshop frequented by Google employees, James made some incredible contacts and today is a designer on the Google Lunar X Prize.

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One role had been written with Jane Wiedlin in mind, and she said yes.

One role had been written with Jane Wiedlin in mind, and she said yes. | Doggie B | Scoop.it

Delicia Niami tracked Jane Wiedlin down at a conference and handed her a copy of the script.  She called back.  That gave us momentum.  And the theme song that Jane wrote helped set the upbeat tone for the film.

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Jane played Dottie in the film and ultimately became the film's music supervisor with partner Travis Kasperbauer.  The songs on Doggie B reflect Jane's style and keep an upbeat and highly professional sound.

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We showed first at Sonoma, and the film won the Audience Award.

We showed first at Sonoma, and the film won the Audience Award. | Doggie B | Scoop.it
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What?! Sonoma announces the winners of the 2012 Film Festival.


There were 117 films at the Sonoma International Film Festival in 2012.  A fantastic film called Starbuck won the prize at the festival.   Doggie B won Audience Award for best feature film.  We were shocked, in a good way.


By the time of the festival, Doggie B had already signed a deal with Phase 4 Films for domestic distribution.  It made the festival fun instead of nerve-wracking, and all the more so when the audience put it on top.

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First, a national distribution deal!

First, a national distribution deal! | Doggie B | Scoop.it

kaboom! Entertainment, the kids and family label for Phase 4 Films is pleased to announce the release of the fun-filled must-see family comedy Doggie B in select theaters August 31, 2012, and On Demand and via Digital Download on September 7, 2012. Debuting director Romanus Wolter fuses the wholesome family fun of Hotel for Dogs with the wackiness of Best in Showand the comic book villainy of 101 Dalmatians in this hilarious take on .Canine Freestyle. dancing.

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Announced on 16 Aug, 2012, Phase 4 films announced the acquisition of Doggie Boogie, changing its name to Doggie B.  Doggie B was to be distributed under its kids and family label, Kaboom! Entertainment.

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MarVista Entertainment picked up Doggie Boogie for International Distribution

MarVista Entertainment picked up Doggie Boogie for International Distribution | Doggie B | Scoop.it

MarVista Entertainment decided to keep the name Doggie Boogie and is selling it under that name currently.  In most places where Doggie B is listed, you will often see it as 'Doggie B (aka Doggie Boogie.'

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MarVista created new poster art for the international version of the film.Marvista Entertainment decided to keep the name Doggie Boogie and is selling it under that name currently.  In most places where Doggie B is listed, you will often see it as 'Doggie B (aka Doggie Boogie.'

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Phase 4 Films has achieved dreamy placement for our film.

January 17, 2013: Somehow, three weeks post-launch, the film remains in the top ten in the family category at Redbox.  No joke, you can see it here:  http://bit.ly/U5gEw0.

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This is the exterior of a Redbox machine in Greenbelt, Maryland - one of tens of thousands of kiosks where you can find Doggie B today.

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