I’m a filmmaker and over the years I’ve made a bunch of films. I’ve also worked on a bunch of other people’s projects. The one thing that I know is true is that, no matter how big or how small, making a film is a huge undertaking.
Filmmaking is just hard.
A few years ago Kickstarter was born and I love this new platform for raising money for independent films. I have funded a bunch of different artistic endeavors from installation artists to theatre productions to filmmakers. I love the medium and I think that a little help from a lot of people is a good model for filmmakers making personal films. Lord knows the studios have lost interest in developing film talent.
Right now I’m in post production on a new short film, but I also try to help with friends projects when possible. I have a bunch of friends working on a project that is really great called Life Inside Out. I have been consulting on it for several months and they just launched their Kickstarter campaign and I shot a bunch of the video and even have a little on camera time.
I have read and re read and made suggestions for the script and I can tell you that it is a great story with a lot of heart that the whole family will enjoy. By that I mean they will all actually like it, not that they CAN all watch it together. The script is filled with music and the drama in the story is something that most of the people I know have been struggling with the last few years. I think creative people and women specifically will really relate to this tale of a Mom trying to manage a very difficult balancing act.
The script is great and was written by my friends Lori and Maggie. This will mark the directorial debut of my friend Jill D’Agnenica who edited my last short film The Things I’ve Seen. Finneas O’Connell, who plays the son in Life Inside Out, is in my new short film that I just shot. Finally, Guido Frenzel, the DP for Life Inside Out, also shot my last short.
I know this talented group really well and they are going to make an amazing film and I would really appreciate it if you did a few things as a favor to me.
If you like the project, please contribute to their Kickstarter. Any amount can make a difference.
Probably the most important thing you can do to help the project is to spread the word. The fact is that most people of a like mind know each other and so in my case I know a lot of people doing creative projects. These people are my dear friends, but they are constantly being inundated by funding requests. I think the key for this project is for the word to spread beyond this small circle. The word needs to get out wide and you can help by liking the project on Facebook, posting about it on Facebook, posting about the project on Twitter and blogging about it. Let people know that you are supporting this project and I think the impact of you taking a few minutes to do this will be huge.
Thanks in advance for helping get this project get made! You are supporting a group of really talented people.