DARE TO DREAM PRODUCTIONS...WE BRING YOUR DREAMS TO LIFE MONTHLY ISSUE
JANUARY 01, 2013 A STAR IS BORN EVERYTIME A FILM IS MADE
MEET D2D PRODUCTIONS (DARE TO DREAM PRODUCTIONS Reginald Johnson & Nicole Alexander The newest and cutting EDGE production company in town.
As a managing partner of D2D Productions, Reginald Johnson is helping to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS through the fictional drama I Thought You Knew. With over 15 years of corporate experience and an accountant by trade, Reginald has stood at the helm of the Maryland-based RWJ & Associates for eight years; served as C.F.O. over several successful start-ups to mid-level firms, responsible for areas of expertise in contractual/business law, finance, logistics, and scouting. Reginald is a graduate of Bowie State University and volunteers on several not-for-profit Boards.
NICOLE Nicole Alexander is a managing partner of D2D Productions, which will soon release its first featurelength film I Thought You Knew, a gripping fictional drama that aims to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. A media veteran with 10-plus years of industry experience, Nicole has created commercials for powerhouse companies like McDonald’s and Proctor & Gamble. She also has provided production support for Atlanta’s Fox 5 News and ABC News, and has done lighting work for CNN. In addition, Nicole has written acclaimed stage plays and has worked on several well-received films. A 20 year HIV and AIDS advocate, Nicole volunteers at St. Jude’s; she also works to raise awareness about breast cancer and promote health and wellness.
The film is set in Atlanta, GA, where we have a professional young lady (Cassie), who moves into town, falls in love with, a man and becomes his girlfriend. After some time Cassies boyfriend asks her to stop using condoms during sex. Being in love, Cassie lets her guard down and complies, Only to learn later that Gerald (boyfriend) has infected her with HIV. The boyfriend contracted the virus from his ex-girlfriend, who he was secretly still sleeping with. the break up with the ex girlfriend was very tumultuous, so has vowed to get revenge by any means necessary. Unbeknownst to (Cassie), her boyfriends double life will, not only catch up to him, but begin to destroy her life as well. Gerald is sleeping with not only his ex girlfriend, but is also sleeping with a man on the down low.....|
FILM FINANCING TIPS The 5 Smartest Financing Tips From the Film Independent Forum … ARTICLE FROM INDIE WIRE Billed as an intimate weekend of unbridled truths and inspirational success stories, the Film Independent Forum dangled film financing insights as the primary hook to attract aspiring
PERSONAL FINANCE by Reginald Johnson
Saving There is no shame in using tricks to get yourself to save money. Use multiple savings accounts; put your credit card in the freezer; set up automated transfers. Whatever works for you is fine. Think of your next raise as an opportunity
producers to four panels on October 22 at the
to save more, not an opportunity to
Directors Guild Theater in Holly-
wood. Attendees came away reassured that the key to getting a
The best way to make saving a hab-
narrative feature film made in to-
it isn’t skipping lattes; it’s keeping
day’s economy is having a budg-
your housing and transportation
et that matches the filmmaker’s
“Every picture has dream budget,
Credit cards are useful, dangerous
and then the budget that you can
power tools. Using them frequent-
actually get the film made for,“
ly makes it more likely that you’ll
said attorney Craig Emanuel of
cut your thumb off. A lot of
Loeb & Loeb during the first panel
sad stories begin, “I always paid off
of the day, Movie Math: Film Fi-
my credit card every
“Budgets keep going down,” Fox
Check your free annual credit reports for errors.
Searchlight executive Matthew Greenfield stated
Credit scores are simpler than you think. If
in the afternoon’s Shopping Your Project: A Fi-
you pay your bills on time, you’ll have a
nancing Clinic panel. “Budget is only sometimes
good credit score. If you don’t, you won’t.
related to quality. Only you know when you’re going too low. Find ways to do things cheaper that don’t hurt the project creatively.” Here's the day's five key indie film financing talking points.
Insurance If someone depends on your income, buy life insurance—boring term life insurance, not whole or universal. Insure against financial disasters, not an-
Yes, equity investors are still interested in
noyances. Buy renters or homeowner’s in-
independent film. During the financing clinic
surance, car insurance, disability insur-
panel, ICM packaging agent Peter Trinh said
ance, and health insurance.
he’s seeing more private equity coming to the
WARDROBE … CHOOSING THE BEST LOOK FOR YOUR SCENES A STYLIST SHOULD BE ON STAFF AT ALL TIMES, NO MATTER THE BUDGET … EVEN IF IT’S A SMALL INDIE FILM WITH NO BUDGET, ASK A FASHION FORWARD FRIEND TO HELP WITH STYLING YOUR CAST
SET DESIGNER—SAME AS WARDROBE CONSULTIANT … ALWAYS HAVE A SET DESIGNER TO MAKE YOUR SHOOT ENVIORMENT POP WITH PERSONALITY , BUT NOT SO MUCH THAT IT STEALS THE SCENE.
My favorite topic SEX â€” On Screen Sex Is there such a thing as too much? Ask yourself which picture are you most comfortable with, and that should be your measuring stick as to how much is too much for YOUR film.
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