Reno or bust!

this was re-posted from MsYoung-movie.com, the site about everything related to our first company feature film. the original post was titled: location scout trip

Kendall and i went on a trip to Reno a couple weeks ago to check out a few locations. it appears as if that trip was a great success. i’m not the kind of guy who counts his chickens before they hatch, but we did see two really amazing cabins – one in Galena Forest and the other near Truckee – and met a pair of extremely nice real estate agents in Tahoe City. i don’t want to show photos of them since there isn’t a contract for either site as of yet. here are some other photos from the trip though:

the first thing i want to say about the trip is that people in the Reno/Tahoe area are unbelievably nice. without exception everybody we spoke with was cool as hell. very nice. Kendall is still working on the budget, but this movie is becoming more and more doable everyday.

the common indie filmmaker plan nowadays is to raise double the amount that you need for production and post-production combined, so that you’ll have an equal amount to dedicate to marketing and distribution. for instance if you need $100k combined for production and post, you need to raise a total of $200k, so that you’ll have that extra $100k for promoting and selling your movie. those amounts are based on what hybrid distribution guru Peter Broderick and “Think Outside the Box Office” author Jon Reiss say, and have been pretty tried and true for indie filmmakers for a while now.

however, something that people have been also doing recently is raising the money to shoot the film and then using the footage from production, they go to kickstarter to raise the rest of the post-production and marketing/distribution money. that’s what my friend Sean Hanish did with his film “Return To Zero” – and they were able to raise $70k on Kickstarter in just 30 days! i’m sure it didn’t hurt that Minnie Driver and Alfred Molina were in his cast, but still that’s impressive.

with Ms Young we have a lot going for us, but the largest obstacle in getting anybody to pay attention to what you’re doing nowadays is the sheer volume of material that’s put out there every second of every day. since the Canon 7D and the 5D mark II hit the market, making movies has become something that just about anybody with the time to kill and a few friends to help can make a movie. in fact, as of the writing of this post, 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute! so in that constant, never-ending flood of content, how can you get anybody to pay attention to yours? that’s the question, and i’m not saying i know the answer, but we believe we have a solid – if not somewhat controversial – script, an excellent cast and a pretty solid mix of talents, skills and contacts.

otherwise we obviously wouldn’t be wasting our time.

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