Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a whole job in and of itself. First we need to decide when we're shooting this. We've settled on mid-March through mid-April. Working back from there we need to get our campaign up and running about 6 months prior...so that means October. And we're in October. Which means we need to figure out which crowdfunding site we want to use (i.e. Kickstarter, Indiego-go, etc) - I'm leaning toward a site called SEED & SPARK   www.seedandspark.com

SEED & SPARK is specifically aimed at crowdfunding for filmmakers, as opposed to Kickstarter, where you can crowdfund anything. What I like about S & S is that they are building a community, they have what is essentially a "registry" so you can tell the people looking at your campaign exactly what you need. This can include anything from equipment to toilet paper. The cool thing about this is that other people looking at your site have the option to not only give money, but to give goods or services that can help you. For example: we need post production work. Someone who runs a post facility sees our campaign, likes it, and offers us 5 hours of post work. That would be amazing! It probably won't *happen*, but I like that it's offered as an option. The other groovy thing about S & S is that their rates are cheaper AND they offer a VOD distribution model. 

So...back to the calendar...once we've picked the site we will use, we need to create our wishlist and create content for the site. We need a KICKASS video that will give viewers an idea of the film we're trying to shoot, how it will look, how it will feel, and we need to pitch the project. If we want to get this up in October, it needs to go up around Oct 21 so that we get our campaign in BEFORE Thanksgiving. I want to do this because Thanksgiving officially starts the "holiday" season, people start to get busy, and people start spending their money on gifts, and "end-of-year-tax-deductible-donations" etc. If we don't get it in before then we'll have to wait until after the New Year when people feel like spending money again. 

The pressure is on. 

One gazillion and one things

I have so much to do. I need help. I'm going to have to find another couple of producers to come on board to get this all done AND, at some point, I'm going to have to focus on just being an actor. Oh, did I mention that I'm playing a lead role in this film, in addition to EPing it? Yikes. That won't be for several months, but I need to find producers now. I'm working a full-time day job (as are most artists I know) and trying to get all this done while at my job is not going to work. 

So if anyone knows any fabulous producers who want to work on a fantastic feature, send them my way!

Photoshoot

Did a quick (seriously it only took about an hour) photoshoot with Deb and Pete tonight to get some images for marketing. It went well! We should have some stuff up for the website, etc, in the next couple of days. 

If you ever need a photographer and a graphic designer who are a dream to work with and give you exactly what you need and want, Deb and Pete should be on your go-to list!

Cinematography

Man, I just scored the best DP around! I met with a young woman who was referred to me by another filmmaker. I called her after looking at her reel, sent her the script, and she got back to me after only reading a quarter of Mac's script (yes, it's that good). We met for a coffee and had an instant rapport. She's no-nonsense and has great ideas and vision. She's also a scrappy Mexican who loves futbol. What's not to love? 

I'm very pleased to announce our Cinematographer will be Yessica Curiel Montoya. Yessica took her *own* short film to Cannes last year and shot the amazing trailer below. Totally thrilled to have her on board!

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Images

When I first started seriously considering making THE SPIKE, I was sitting in one of my favorite places: on the beach in Bayville - Long Island. My friend Nancy lives there and it's my favorite spot to relax, hang out with friends, and meditate at the beach. There's this vast body of water right there, waves lapping, seagulls crying, it's very peaceful. I started thinking about all that water and how in THE SPIKE there's a lack of water...and of course Coleridge's "Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to drink" ran through my head. As the story became more clear in my mind, I knew we'd have to shoot some of this film in Bayville. And so we shall. 

I'm pulling together some ideas for poster art/marketing images, etc, and I'm going to have Deb Alexander and Pete Boisvert help with the images and layout. Deb is a fantastic photographer and Pete a graphics wiz. Together, they've created much of the marketing art for Mac's theatre company, Gideon Productions http://www.gideonth.com/, over the last few years, and they're both fabulous humans.

We've got to get some images on our website and build a Facebook and Twitter page. Building a following is a huge part of crowdfunding that must be done several months before you open your campaign. Big "To Do" on the ever growing To Do list. 

Directrix

One of the things I love about the script of THE SPIKE is that it has strong roles for women. This is not only important to me because of the current state of films (and theatre)roles available to women,  but is also a big part of Mac's work. When I look at the numbers of female filmmakers, it's easy to get disheartened. I decided I'd really like to work with as many amazing women as I can. There are so many strong, talented women in my pool of friends that it only stands to reason there are many more out there who would be good additions to the crew of THE SPIKE.

To that end, I'm very pleased to announce Rebecca Comtois will be directing the film! Becky hustles like no one I know, she's got clear vision, is extremely collaborative, has the balls to make a film of this scope, and knows genre like nobody's business. 

We're in good hands.

Getting started

It's been a long couple of years, but we're finally getting this ball rolling. But let me back up a bit. In 2008 I acted in short play called "Spike" written by friend and writer, Mac Rogers. I had starred in Mac's glorious play UNIVERSAL ROBOTS in 2007 and pretty much think he's the best writer on the planet. During the short run of SPIKE I said that I thought it would make a good film. I repeated this numerous times, but for some odd reason no one jumped up to offer and make it! 

A couple of years pass, I'm in a stagnant point in my acting, I'm looking for better roles, I'm frustrated at the lack of great roles for women, and I'm fairly pissed off at this point. I started thinking about Mac and what a great writer he is, and how he writes amazing roles for women...and then I asked him if he'd be willing to develop SPIKE with me into a screenplay. He said yes, thankfully. 2 years later and I'm thrilled with the final product.

Now titled THE SPIKE, the script is a fast-paced, high-stakes thriller with wonderful roles for women and, above all, a killer story. 

This blog will follow our adventures as we take the screenplay and turn it into a feature film.

Here we go....