I’ll let the piece speak for itself: Where Do I Start?
Film Slate’s awesome, and I’ll be tracking the specifics of our production there, so you can track it there. Of course, we’ll still be blogging here too.
This guy was starting puberty last time I posted.
I’m sure it’s been with baited breath that you all have been waiting for an update from Redhouse about our upcoming project. Well, I’ve been busy, dagnabit! Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years and all of those True Blood episodes to catch up on. It’s been a busy, busy time.
Suffice it to say a lot has happened. We’re smack dab in the middle of yet another rewrite of our script (last version lacked “conflict”, whatever that is…), and oh, we may change the title, which is cool.
We’ve scored another producer named Greg who is awesome and have been talking to a couple of other producer/filmmaker type people about the upcoming hill climb of fundraising we have ahead of us. Oh, and I’m this close (makes tiny pinchy gesture with fingers) to securing relationships with all of our key crew. Life is good.
One more development: I’m going to be writing about the process of making a next-to-no-budget-first-time-feature-film over at Film Slate Magazine, which I’m pumped about. These guys have built a fantastic resource for indie film dudes like me, and the cherry on top is that they’re based in Ohio. If you’re interested in independent filmmaking at all, you should check them out. And watch for my feature (the series will span this year) to show up somewhere toward the end of this month.
Look for lots more updates here and on Film Slate!
Doesn’t that cat look happy?
That’s pretty much how I feel after our pre-prod trip to Ohio. Every single person we met with from the Mayor of Coshocton to the director of the local film commission was so positive and welcoming and helpful.
We started our week meeting with Coshocton’s leadership, kicking off with the Mayor and also meeting with the county Sheriff and then some local business leaders. As the week progressed, we met with local theater and art community leaders and a foundation that may also prove to be a valuable relationship.
The thing that strikes me, though, is that every single person we met with was incredibly professional and beyond courteous. Not that I’m surprised that they would be…I suppose one would just expect even a little opposition to such an idea. The contrary is true. Everyone so far has been incredibly supportive and some even excited about this. We’ve even already secured a few donations to the project.
In addition to meeting with people in Ohio, we also conducted a handful of interviews for our available Director of Photography position. We’ve been lucky to meet some incredibly talented and experienced individuals, and every one of them has expressed interest in working with us even with our tiny budget. This decision is not going to be an easy one.
The bottom line is that this trip was more positive and productive than I think any of us as producers expected it to be. We know that this will be a long road with its share of difficulties, but the momentum generated by this past week can’t be denied.
So now we’re on to some script rewrites and various pre-production busy-ness. Remember that you can always contact us if you’d like to be involved in any way.
Yes, I know, I know. I said these would be video from now on. Unfortunately I’m up to my neck in preparations for our upcoming production meeting in Ohio and just don’t have the time to script, shoot, then edit a vlog. It will happen though. Oh yes, it will happen.
The good news is that we’re really close to selecting our Director of Photography. If you’re not involved in film/video production, the Director of Photography (DP) is essentially a camera guy, but he/she is actually so much more. The DP is THE visual artist on the set of a production. He works directly with the Director in developing the look, composing shots, and executing camera moves. If a film looks great, it is often due largely to the efforts of the DP.
Bottom line, this is a crucial member of our production team.
We placed an ad on Craigslist a few weeks ago to get the party started (and it kept getting flagged down for no apparent reason…so I just kept putting it right back up), and we’ve had a ton of qualified guys apply. No gals, incidentally. Where you at, female cinematographers?
Last night, the producers met and we went over the demo reels and resumes of everyone who applied and have narrowed it down to a select few we plan on interviewing next week when in Ohio. Everyone is so talented and the experience is varied. Selecting just one person is going to be difficult. But we really want this to be a great fit all around and who’s to say the other talented people we’re meeting wouldn’t be good for another project down the road?
So I’ll do my best to keep this blog updated and keep you all posted on how this plays out.
If you’ve been visiting Redhouseprod.com over the last week, you may have noticed that it’s changing. Since our launch, we’ve added content, cleaned up the look a bit, and overall tried to give the site a more “complete” feel.
But we’re not done and the changes are gonna keep on comin’. Within the next few weeks, we’re going to be adding a section about our current (and first) project, tentatively titled Jon the Baptist (working title). It’s a coming home/coming of age/coming to grips kinda story set in a small town in rural Ohio. We’re pretty excited about it and we think you will be too.
You should also see guest posts from the four producers, a video blog from the Redhouse director, Dan, and even more content in the About section.
Also, notice that we’ve added a “Donate” page to the site. This isn’t the only way you can be involved with Redhouse or our current project, though. We’ll soon have a section with all the many ways you can partner up with us.
So stick around…visit often…and drop us a line!
Yeah, so, it’s obvious. Let’s just get it out there.
Our site is brand spankin new.
Keep checking back. We just got this puppy up, but we’re filling it up right now.