Here We Go

This is our first location:

Location

INT. Yasmina’s Apartment

This photo was taken Friday afternoon, about 60 hours before we start shooting the movie. In the past few weeks we’ve hired our actors, secured locations, and hired 25 people for our crew. There have been meetings upon meetings, location scouts, conflict, firings, rehearsals, compromises, emails, fundraising shout outs, negotiations, scheduling, and the list goes on. Every night I go to bed wondering if I have done enough that day, because I know when I wake up in the morning that we are one day closer.

Will everything be ready? Will we have enough food for everyone? Will we have enough time to get our shots in every day?

But I can’t stress about that. I can only focus on what I can control: honing the script, knowing my shot list backwards and forwards, and getting the best performance out of my actors (who proved in rehearsals that they are all bringing their A game). Everything else is trust, and a leap of faith. Trust that everything will fall into place. Trust that we move quickly and efficiently. Trust that everyone is good at their job, doing all the things that I cannot do, or know how to do (and what I don’t know could fill a film school). Trust that the story is good enough. And trust that the set will be built in time.

40 hours have passed since I took that first photo. Things have changed.

Location 2

Not pictured: all the furniture and props waiting in the other room.

Less than 20 hours from now, dozens of people will walk in and be ready to work. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be long days. And if we do it right, it’s going to be a wonderful experience.

Here we go…

Be careful what you wish for…

We were down to the last two days of fundraising. Still short about $20,000 to get to 78% of our budget, which is what we need to realistically crowd fund the rest. I sent out one final email push and waited, watching the clock…

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And then it happened. Another investor. And another. And one of our investors already on board decides to up their investment.

And it happened. We hit 78%. And then 80%. And then 81% And then 82%. We have made it to the next level. We can plausibly crowd fund the rest.

We furiously worked to launch the campaign, which involves submitting pages of material about our project, not to mention shooting a campaign video. We scrambled to schedule two of our actors, John Sloan and Milena Govich, to join me and Catia in the video. Being successful actors, both John and Milena had multiple conflicts but we managed to find 75 minutes when all of us were available at the same time.

Beau brought cameras and a tripod, and we shot a funny little video on our bedroom:

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Everyone did their job and we got our footage.

We bought an urn (for the movie, hopefully not for us). We raced around town for a still photo shoot for promotional purposes.

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Not to mention tons of phone calls, networking, research and hours of work. And in the midst of it all, I had a chilling yet wonderful realization:

We are making this movie.

It’s happening. We still need more money, and a crowd funding campaign isn’t easy, but one way or another we will make it, if I have to personally call everyone I know to kick in at least $25. What has been in the ether for years now is becoming a reality.

Here we go…