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So today was kind of a bust. We were supposed to shoot our crowdfunding campaign pitch video however, we were going to shoot it outside and the weather did comply. This sets us back a few more days. I just want to get going with this campaign. This being my first crowdfunding campaign, so I am somewhat nervous and just want to get it going. It is kind of like when you are hooked up waiting to jump out of a plane. You are nervous, somewhat scared, and you just want the light to turn green so you can get it over with.
I have a list of stuff to accomplish. I have to write out cast and crew, I have to write my self loathing bio, I have to upload the new cut of the crowdfunding trailer which looks great. Jason Cote has done an amazing job, and I will post is here. I have to work on setting up more interviews. Yes we had one yesterday. Our first. It went well and I expect to do more.
Along with that I have to send off me notes to Semone Fournillier on her screenplay she is writing. It is brilliant and is developing well. I have begun to talk to a director who I know and is an upcoming filmmaker. I seem to surround myself with them. One of which is my director for Grey Room Preston Walden, but most of the ones I know are not here in Tampa but around the country. My goal is to catch up to them. Big goal but what the hell.
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Hey guys. Sorry for not blogging for so long. I apologize for that. Avoidance seems to effect me from time to time.
Ok so, here is what is going on. We shot the trailer, for the second time, and have it edited, scored and ready to go. I am debating to show it here now or what until the crowd funding campaign. We had a great time shooting it and I am pleased how well everyone gets along. It makes life so much easier when the troops are having fun and enjoying each others company.
Some great news about our 1st AD Semone Founillier. She was excepted into AFI”s Conservatory program for writing in California for her Masters. She is there now and will be flying back to Tampa to 1st AD Grey Room. If you remember, she is writing the film on rape for me. I have read what she has so far and it is amazing. So we are extremely proud of her.
I am happy to announce our new Script Supervisor Mike Rembis. He brings to our team a lot of experience and is taking care of our shooting schedule. Which takes a big load off my shoulders. We have a great plan set up and it will allow us to shoot very efficiently. We have a lot to cover in this film so we need to have a clear strategy to shoot it. According to Mike we can shoot this in 35 hours. I think that is a great and doable goal.
So now I am concentrating on Pre production and am beginning to research contracts. Yes we are doing contracts for a couple of reasons. One to protect all parties but also to get some experience in dealing with them. I never have had to so this is a great opportunity for me. I have one with Jason Cote. We signed it at the Grey Room Party.
Oh Speaking of Jason, He just arrived to his new home town, LA. Yes he has moved to Hollywood to take his career as an editor to a professional level. Not saying you can’t do that here in Florida, but you can’t do that here in Florida. It’s Florida.
Here in my city, Tampa, Fl, there is the yearly competition in which you have to write, per-production, raise funds, audition, shoot, edit, and do post all in 30 days. Sound fun right? Yes, if you are new to film or make films as a hobby. However, if you are serious about becoming a filmmaker and do it as a carer then this is a complete waste of time. And here is why.
30 days to make a serious short film is just not enough time. Will start with writing. You can bang out a script in a few days? It is done all the time, however you need to edit, rewrite and develop that script. You need to take the time to develop the best script possible. You should also send it off to a script consultant and get their notes. I know many don’t but it is a good idea to do. This comes from people who do film making for a living. That is a month you could have taken to develop that script.
Then comes funding raising. If you are fortunate enough to have the money sitting in the bank to shoot your film good for you. You are doing better than most. It is true you could do a micro budget film, however it will show in the final product. Not to mention you can’t pay anyone who is working for you. Sure you could ask around for people to help out for free, and that seems to be a constant thing that happens in Tampa and something I will write about in the future, but are you going to get the best people who will do their best work? The best DP or editor, best lighting or sound? Just a question. That 30 days could be used to raising capitol via Crowd funding and private investment.
Then comes pre-produciton. Enough cannot be said about pre-producition. The more time you have to plan the better your odds are of making a successful film. Plan plan plan, is one of the biggest pieces of advice I get from successful filmmakers. You need to take the time to think and plan out everything. That is a month that could be spent hashing out all the details.
Auditions. You should find the best actors you can find. You should take a thoughtful search for your talent. Sure you can go “hey you want to act in this thing I am doing?” and sure you might have some talented people come work for you. But don’t you think you would be better served if you took the time to look and hold auditions and find the best actors for those role. Take the time to do rehearsals and table reads?
Post. Do you think you’ll have the best edit, color correction, sound and whatever visual effects and whatever else is needed in just a week or two. Is it really the best cut you can have? Do you have time to test screen your film to get an audience feedback?
Lets be honest with ourselves, can we be doing something more productive with our time as filmmakers? Do we want to be know as winners of local film competitions, or do we want to be know as filmmakers who are producing amazing content that is widely recognized.
Here is how I am spending this month: Producing a short film, developing a feature, assembling a creative team, writing a business plan for my production, taking acting classes, working with another production company on a few of their projects, running PR and social media for the FMPTA and running a filmmakers speaking series.
Russell Hess said it best, “Lets have 48 hours career competition.” Let see where the people who are entering these contest are in 3 years. I know where I want to be in 3 years and it is not wasting my time on silly little contests or projects. There was the NBC Film Festival that I wanted to enter and who’s deadline was 1 June. By the time we got done with the 1st draft of the script we would have had 30 day to complete. I consulted with filmmakers with whom I respect and that are putting out amazing work. After their advoce I killed the production. I wouldn’t be able to produce the work to the standard that I have placed on myself.
I am sure I am going to hurt some peoples feeling and make a ton of new enemies. However I want to see Tampa Bay film grow, thrive and be taken seriously. That is why I wrote this. This why I go out of my way to help other people without asking for nothing in return. We have to live to a higher standard than what we have in the past.
As you know I am producing a feature film on sexual violence. My partner and the writer Semone Fournillier will be begin writing in April and end in June. She is using this script for her Masters class at UCLA, so by the time she is finished with the class we will have a very polished script.
Soon we will be having a production meeting with veteran Casting Director and film consultant Bobbi Hill. She is brings 30 years of experience to the table. In addition, Marilyn Bray who is our film and content consultant will be there. I will keep you filled in on when and how the meeting went.
Also, if you are a survivor of sexual violence we would like to hear from you. We want to keep this film as real as it can be. We don’t want to sugar coat sexual violence as it often has been. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why am I telling you all this. Well for one I am telling you my journey into film. Thus the name. Also, I am trying to build an audience and garner interest for our film. Risky? Maybe but I think it will pay off in the long run
FYI, I am looking for a PMD. Producer of Marketing and Distribution. I have 3 films that need a PMD. If you are interested please contact me.