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Production Company

So here is some good news: I am starting a production company with my very good friend Ken Anthony and Nil Patel.  Nil is a guy we met to discuss about him doing photography for Dumbsaints and quickly realized that Nil had to play a bigger roll. He is a smart and talented cat, who will make a huge impact. He will be responsible for marketing, distribution and branding.

Right now we have a short film called Dumbsaints and the feature film on sex trafficking and combat veteran issues. I am writing the feature and Dumbsaints was written by the very accomplished Casey Mensing whom I have known for 20 years.  Our production company  will soon be known for putting out amazing and powerful work. We are developing a 5 year plan and are very confident we will become a serious film company.

We want to find a forth partner who is a female filmmaker to join us. As you may know, I am committed to bringing and supporting female filmmakers into the business.  She needs to be an ambitious producer or producer/director  that thinks big and wants to succeed living in the Tampa Bay or Southeast area of the country.

We want to not only produce film content, but look into developing and producing long form storytelling whether it is for TV or the web.  We also may look into ventures like comic books or graphic novels, but whatever we do, we want to put great content.

 

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Hey I am back.

Hi. So after almost five and half months away I am coming back to this blog and my work.  A lot is going on. One thing is I will explain what happened 4 years ago. It has everything to do with the film I am making on sexual violence.  So that will be interesting. That will be put out either today or tomorrow.  After that I will be writing a lot because there is so much to talk about. I am starting a production company with Ken Anthony. I have 2 films I am working on.  I will go into what I want the company to be.  I want to start a real film society here in Tampa: One that celebrates, educates and promotes cinema. There are a lot of organizations that are there for the purpose of getting films made; which is great, but they are not film societies.

 

 

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The week ahead. 23 Jan 2017

WOW.  I am super excited about this week ahead. Life is good. I am shedding the distractions out of my life and becoming much more focused.  So I am looking to the week ahead and sharing plans with you. I think you should plan out your week. It gives you a map. My problem has always been staying on that map.  But much is changing with me and in good ways.  I went to see a dance performance yesterday and it had a profound effect on me. It reminded me what I was like before 2003. In 03 my injury from the military came back and I was unable to work. I had to fight the VA  and pretty much lost my mind and forgot who I was.  I remember yesterday what I was like and what my life was like, and I want that life back.

So this week here is what is going to be happening: I need to finish the Alternative ending to a short film I am producing and acting in called Dumb Saints. I know I haven’t mentioned this film before but I will share it with you all soon. I need to finish the by book Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd and then knock out about 2 more books for research for my feature. Rachel’s book has been a great source of information of sex trafficking in America and tells of her own experience. If you care about the issue of sex trafficking you should seriously read it. I am half way done with it and it has opened my eyes even more than they were.  I have to finish up a blog post I have for this blog on Florida film incentives and the Koch brothers. Those assholes. I got the Screenwriters Bible by David Trotter to read.  It is a large book to read, that will probably will two weeks.  I also want to knock out a screenplay. I am going to start reading screenplays on a regular basis.

I also need to see what steps I need to take to get the film society up and running. I am looking for a lawyer who would like to volunteer their services so that we can create a 501 c3 non-profit organization. We also will be looking for donors to help us start the society. I really feel strongly about having a film society here in Tampa. Something that becomes a cultural treasure in this great city.

 

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The year ahead 2017.

So I been thinking about what I want to accomplish year. This past year was not my been my strongest. I feel I failed in many ways. The film I am developing got put on hold, I was not committed to this blog like I should, I did not get my production company up and running and didn’t make much art. So I am not happy with myself.

That being said I want the this year to be amazing. Make the year a new start for me. I have given some thought to what I want to do and here is what I have so far: Grow personally. I am starting to work on improving me. My Health, my work and my personal life. I have started to get into Robin Sharma on how to become the best me I possible can be. I think that it doesn’t hurt to get into self improvement. God knows I need too.

This blog: Yes I used to write in this blog often, but have gotten away from it. I want to build this blog back up and turn it into a leading film blog. I want to share my journey as a filmmaker, artist and as a creative. Then there is giving you readers information you can use out there. Things I find. I also am going to have guest writers like Ken Anthony help provide content.  I will be shooting for over 200 post this. Ambitious yes., but I think you’ll all get a lot out of it. A few years ago Ted Hope had Hope for Film blog. I got so much out of it and learned a lot. I want to do the same thing with this blog for you.

Production Company: This is the year I officially start my production company. That means making it a legal entity. People will go around claiming they have a production company yet it is not a legal company; which means they do not really have a production company. Filmmaking is a business as well as an art form. When I think about projects I am thinking in two art forms: the art of telling a story visually and the art of business. It is important that you think this way. It helps give you realistic picture of what you can do when making your film.

Film Projects: Right now I have two film project: one is a short about a writer that is having an existential crisis who talks to the ghost of Jack Kerouac and my film dealing with sexual violence in the form of sex trafficking and combat veterans issues.  I took a long break from this project. I am now coming back to it. I have to finish researching it and then write. I will have a first draft in 4 months. After rewrites, I will then package the film and start looking for investors. I want to start shooting this film at around the end of this year. Now for the short, the goal is to shoot it in May. This gives us enough time to raise capital to shoot it, do perproduction and then shoot it. I will also be playing Jack Kerouac. I have already started to grow my hair out for the role and reading up on Jack. We will be submitting this film to Sundance, SXSW, TriBecca and TIFF. We have that kind of confidence in this film to submit it into those film festivals. We have a great screenplay and talented people working on it. One of them is Ken Anthony who will be a producer.

Advocacy: Another thing I will be doing is advocacy work. One of the reasons I am a filmmaker is that it allows me to talk about issues I care about. One of those issues is sexual violence. Now on 2011 I started on the feature, and I got very much side tracked, which I will be going into in the near future, and now I am back to working on it. Now the issue has evolved to sex trafficking which is  rape for profit and I get to discuss it. Same goes for combat veterans issues. We have been at war and it has taken its toll on many who fought in it. I already do veterans mental health advocacy work here in Tampa, and this film helps me further that discussion to even a larger crowd.

Film Society: Tampa needs a true film society. We have organizations that have film society in there name, yet they do not act like a real film society. They are more like AV clubs with a membership fee, they are not cultural institutions which film societies are suppose to be: They do not have programs that teach media literacy. They do not serve the public interest but only their own. Which is fine, but they are not true film societies.  This will be a 501 c3 non-profit organization. It will bring cinema appreciation to the people of the Bay Area. We will start programs that teach media literacy to children in schools.  We will celebrate cinema as a community. It will showcase filmmakers like Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Ford Coppola, Sergio Leone, Scorsese, Allen and many more.  It will have programs for filmmakers. It will celebrate independent cinema.

Become the Master of my Craft: I am going to learn and become an expert in filmmaking.
This is something I think we all should do. I have numerous books on filmmaking at every level. Thirtbooks.com is your friend. I have gotten many books on filmmaking from thriftbooks and and have been diving into them.  I want to know as much as I possible can for a few reasons: One to avert disaster, if you know how do something the right way you will be likely to make costly mistakes. Another reason is it helps you be a  better leader. If you have knowledge in a certain, you can speak and lead with authority. You can help other and give guidance. Most of all be helpful to others, and it is also about being a professional. Professionals know their craft and know it well. And of course it betters my chances of success.

I am looking for an editor. I think it would benefit me greatly.

And soon I am going to explain the events of February 2013 that had much to do with my film.

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The quick update of 8 June 15

So I haven’t been on here is a while. Since March I think.  Anyways, here is what is going on, I had stopped working on film for a while, but now I am back at it. I am back to researching and developing my film on sexual violence and combat veteran issues, as well as starting to do character bio’s.  I am also planning my production company that I want to start when the screenplay is finished and it is time to raise capital to make it.

I am also going to be working on a some ideas for series that will be either for TV or the web. If I do a web series, it is with the hope that it does well enough to gain the attention of a network. Hi HBO. I heart you.  I have a few ideas in mind, one of which is set here in Tampa and uses the Tampa Bay and its people as a back drop. Tampa has a great music and art scene. As far as the film scene goes it lacks desperately. You have a lot of monkeys with cameras running around making substandard films. But, thankfully,  there are a few talented people making interesting, quality work.

I also have started to paint again. What got me going again is that I was commissioned to do a piece. This has gotten back to painting a series of paintings. I plan on having enough work done to be in a show in about 4 to 6 months as well as having the feature written and the production company ready to go.  Once I have this all ready to go I plan on putting this out to the media. And those people who know what happened regrading the film on sexual violence and the ordeal I suffered know that this will be a big deal.

If you want to talk about investing in either my projects or production company let’s talk. Contact me at timschroyer@gmail.com.

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Crowd Funding Advice.

From the founder of Seed&Spark CEO Emily Best Via Film Courage.

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You have to chew gum and walk at the same time.

I am sure you have heard that saying that you have to be able walk and chew gum at the same time, and it is true. Right now I am doing research for my film on the sex trade and combat vet issues.  Now, for a split second I fooled myself to believe that I would have the luxury of just doing that, but then came the email from my cousin with regarding the production company.  And just like that I am back to multitasking and thinking about planning the future of the company.  And that is how you have to be.  Constantly thinking about a multitude of things all at once.

Now that being said, I realized something, I DO NOT WORK EFFICIENTLY.  Seriously,I try to do everything all at once, and it doesn’t work, at least not for me. So I putting the series on the back burner and just focusing on the feature. I am taking about a month to a month and half researching the feature and then character development.   I am also reading on screenwriting as well. Yes I have to crash course myself in that and thankful I know really smart people that can edit and give me notes so that the script doesn’t turn into a complete disaster. As my friend Billy said, “You have a great story but it has to be strong.” And he is right.  Semone Fournillier, who was my writing partner, has been off writing a series that she is going to pitch and Pitch fest.   Let’s wish her luck. Hopefully she be able to help when she is done. Then again, maybe she can start a different project I have in mind.

It also occurred to me the propose of this blog: when I stated it, it was suppose to be about journey into film, and instead I think I got away from that. Now it is true, that I am adding all my other artistic ventures, which is great, I don’t need more blogs.  Which reminds that I have to start painting a photographing again. I have 2 pieces that I need to finish. I want to have them done in a month. Painting can be a great form meditation and self reflection.  I love the internal conversation I have when I paint. I work through a lot stuff and is great therapy.   Too bad I don’t drink anymore. I love drinking wine, listening to indie hip hop while painting. Well, one out of the two ain’t bad.

 

 

 

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