making an indie feature for 10K in just over a year.
WRITING THE SCRIPT JAN 19, 2014 I’m currently in the throes of writing a new feature script titled FSM (translation: Female Seeking Male.) It feels as though it’s writing itself at the moment. I’m drawing a lot from my personal experiences, observations of friends and musings I’ve had about the modern dating environment. I want it to be a sort of “anti-romantic comedy”—definitely funny but also raw and honest. I’m already at the forty page mark and I’ve only been putting it down for about two weeks. I’m excited about it because it feels like “the one,” the script that could be my first feature as a director. It’s designed to be shootable, set in Van-
“It certainly resonates with my experience as a thirty-something trying to navigate love, relationships and heartache in modern society with all the games, confusion and technology in the way.”
couver locations that I am certain I can get access to, no stunts, just a lot of character work, scenes between two people. It feels like I am saying something important with this one. It certainly resonates with my experience as a thirty-something trying to navigate love, relationships and heartache in modern society with all the games, confusion and technology in the way.
MARCH 9, 2014 Writing update: I finished the first draft on Feb 10th— 103 pages in just 38 days! Submitted it to the Indiecan10K Challenge on Feb 16th. It always helps to have an external deadline pushing you to finish. I think I’ve written almost every day for the past month. Discipline is far better than waiting for inspiration or
Hatchback-turned-police-car on set of FSM. PHOTO BY JOSHUA WRIGHT
motivation to strike at random. I’m heading into draft two right away.
tapped some incredible support for us to make our first features. Every
the sponsorship is priceless.
and to properly thank your contributors.
team benefits from a local mentor
and production and post sponsors –
JUNE 2, 2014 We launched our
thank-you on Facebook for every
I decided to post an individual
APR 1, 2014 BIG NEWS. This cra-
ours are Trish Dolman (mentor) Wil-
crowd-funding campaign today. It’s a
donation—that means on a good
zy little movie is going to be made
liam F. White, Finalè Editworks and
brash thing, unabashedly asking for
day, with lots of contributions com-
this year! I met with Trish Dolman
The Mix Room.
cash and support from your circle of
ing in, I might be creating personalized thank yous every hour.
this week and she and Avi Feder-
In addition we all have sponsor-
friends. All of INDIECAN’s winners
green selected me as the BC win-
ship from Indiegogo (helping us
are campaigning at the same time,
Coming up with unique perks is a
ner of the INDIECAN10K Challenge!
crowd-fund), Front Row Insurance
so there’s the added stress of watch-
challenge, but absolutely essential
(seven films from across Canada
(production insurance), The Rights
ing other teams do well while yours
to a good campaign. Some people
have been selected in total).
Company (script clearance), Bren-
potentially does not.
will want the film or soundtrack,
Now begins the exciting and terri-
da Blake (legal counsel), Agency 71
It’s way more work than anyone
but these perks can get tired - es-
fying prospect of actually making the
Inc. (trailer and marketing consult-
can imagine if they’ve never done it.
pecially when people know they
film. This begins first and foremost
ing), Instinct Entertainment (music
Practically a full-time job!
could be waiting several years to
with rewrites to the script, but before
supervision), Juice (online distri-
Every morning I get up and start
you know it we’ll be casting, location
bution), The Media Concierge and
posting and this continues through-
More immediate perk gratifica-
scouting and crowd-funding.
Red Square Motion (deliverables
out the day. It’s the only way to keep
tion is needed. You want them to be
including DCP.) We may be making
your campaign fresh in people’s
fun, interesting, worth the money
means mega resources—Avi has
this film with just $10k cash, but
minds, to get shares and re-tweets
you’re asking people to donate, but
REEL WEST WINTER 2015/16
get their perk.
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