I am currently looking to produce a short film for distribution to film festivals
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My plan is to create a short film, that we can put credits on saying "directed by (me)" or "produced by (me)" or "created by (you and me)" or "written by (you)" or any combination thereof. Once it's in the can, I can devote the proper time and energy to market/promote it properly, thus being beneficial to both of us.back to top
I originally concieved this idea right out of film school 15 years ago, but there were too many factors that had to be worked out back then. Among those factors were;
Well, that was back in 1997. Since then, all of those factors have changed;
The time is ripe. The time is now.
It means, I'm not looking to exploit you or to profit off of you. I'm looking to
partner with you to make this film. I won't charge you for use of my equipment, and I
won't charge you for services for my business. I will only charge you for other
expenses; like if we have to rent a fog machine, or hire other talent or crew, or decide
to upgrade and rent even more sophisticated equipment to use. But depending on the
project, I may be willing to incur some of those expenses myself as well.
But I will use this piece to promote my business, and I would be willing to sell video or CD/DVD copies to any interested parties. But of course we would work out all the legal details ahead of time so that you get your fare share of any incurred profits along the way for your creative property. (I've done this before. It's not hard if you do it right).
Anything. I enjoy a wide array of films. And there are plenty of writers/producers/directors who do various genres. M. Night Shyamalan wrote Sixth Sense, as well as Stuart Little. The Coen brothers did Fargo and Miller's Crossing as well as Raising Arizona and Hudsucker Proxy. John Sayles does a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster one year, and an artsy, independent film the next. So does Spike Lee. Alton Brown directed music videos for R.E.M. before becoming a Food Network star. Both Woody Allen and Ridley Scott have directed famous commercials. It doesn't have to be a narrative either. It could be an experimental documentary. If it's good, it's good. If it's marketable it's marketable. (I'm not looking for either/or, I'm looking for a little of both).back to top
That is entirely negotiable. We'll pull resources together and see what happens. It could be 30 seconds, It could be a half an hour. The cheaper, the easier, but then again, if it's going to be really good, there are always ways to raise a budget. Robert Townsend made his first movie for $35,000 and put it all on his credit card. Blair Witch cost about the same, and that was sold for 2 million. Robert Rodriguez made El Mariachi for $7,000 and that became available at every Blockbuster when the stores were still around. Billy Bob Thornton came up with his character for Slingblade and made a short 10-minute film of it, which was also available at every blockbuster, right next to the full-length, award nominated feature. The trend continues today, and Netflix is the new Blockbuster. There's all kinds of options. But one thing is for sure; because of today's technology, it's never been cheaper, and it's never been more accessible for the general public.
Any film/video festival that we qualify for. You know, where people can see it. Even television is an option, but with the internet, we don't need television anymore for people to see our stuff.
Most of my work from the past is in standard definition, and I am constantly adding samples to my web site with each new project. Browse the A Cappella site some more to find out more about all the stuff I've done, and then contact me to read script samples.
Sure, we can shoot on 16mm film if you really want to. But I don't have the equipment for that. (the film developing cost alone
adds up to at least $5.00 a second). Video is not only instant, it is much, much cheaper, and HD format quality is quite standard now.
Yes. I currently travel up and down the Northeast anywhere between Philadelphia, and Albany, and I travel at cost frequently for my business.
We'll have to work out the travel arrangements; that may be one of those expenses I'm
willing to share with you. I may need to go where the stories are.
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O.K. I've done enough talking, it's your turn.
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