Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Business Proposal - Check

Now, the business side of the movie business starts to takeover.

Interestingly, the script is on the back burner and showing the money is front and center. We're now at the point where we need to make offers to talent and start securing critical crew members.

Our budget has been set and we need about half of that to get started. Happily, we have a major commitment towards that goal. Now, we need to raise a bit more to round out a figure that will enable us to be taken more seriously.

To that end, the latest bit of creative writing has involved a business proposal. While not an outright solicitation of funds, it is a document for the investors so they can better understand the project. More specifically, how are they going to make their money back and do the people they are giving their money to have any clue as to what they are doing.

The document makes things seem more real even if Hollywood isn't. Or as Alan Arkin's character says in Argo: "You want to lie to Hollywood, a town where everybody lies for a living."

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Look Book

The Passaic look book is complete. Here's the cover.

The look book is used to give an overview of the script, the people involved and their backgrounds along with budget notes. In short, the look book is one vehicle we use to raise money.

And it already looks like it's working. We have some financial commitments and even an A-list actress who is willing to come onboard. (It certainly helps that the director is good friends with her).

The goal is to complete financing by the end of June and start shooting in the fall!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Where the Hell have you been?

Wow, it's been well over a year since I posted something. Quite lame.

The truth is, a lot of my writing for this blog was based on a very dark space that I was inhabiting. I truly felt, I was already dead and this was hell.

But this past year, things have been going well. I feel great physically and mentally and have a bright view of the future. A few years back, I couldn't honestly say that.

What caused this turnaround?

Diet and exercise. A few marketing consultant clients who pay well and appreciate the work being done for them. And the inching ever closer of a project I have been totally passionate about - a screenplay.

I started working seriously on a story idea I had for a movie about 8 years ago. If you told me it would have taken 8 years just to get to this spot, I would not have started. But I'm in a good place right now. My screenplay took 3rd place in a national writing contest in 2012, a Hollywood director contacted me soon after with interest in making this project happen, and now we're gearing up for production in the fall! It's your basic overnight success.

And while I still don't know what the future holds or if we'll actually make it to the finish line, I'd like to chronicle what happens next in this blog.

As we secure actors, locations, and more financing, I'll let you in on these particulars. Until then, I'll keep it mysterious. I may even tell you what the movie is about. For now, think of it as "Big Fish" meets "All the President's Men".

TODAY: 2 hour call with the director (who was just hanging out with Heather Graham and Bradley Cooper) and a potential line producer to discuss the practicality of shooting, in all places - Maine. Interestingly, this movie is based on actual events that happened in New Jersey in the 1960s. Maine, as it turns out, is a great stand in for that era and can be had for much less money.

We're looking at $2.5 million budget (this is an Indie film) and shooting outside of the NY/NJ area is the way to get in at this number for a period piece. Also, trimming the script down from 119 pages to 97 certainly helps.

Next step is to finalize the budget, get our casting director on board and secure lead talent. Oh yeah, and raise more money. Stay tuned.