We are really thrilled to continue our festival journey and head to the Idyllwild Festival of Cinema in March. In addition to the honor of being selected by the fest, we recently learned that our film was nominated for TEN awards!!
We are up for Best Short, Best Short Director (Christine Weatherup), Best Short Screenplay (Christine Weatherup), Best Actor (Micah Hauptman), Best Short Cinematography (Bobby Lam), Best Short Editing (Joseph Hatton), Best Short Score (Linus Lau), Mary Austin Short Producing (Beatriz Chahin), Mary Austin Short Directing (Christine Weatherup), Mary Austin Short Screenwriting (Christine Weatherup). Keep your fingers crossed for us...!
Bea, here -- one of the Producers of K.I.A. -- writing a guest blog entry! You might recognize me as "the girl with the curly hair" from all of the photos you've seen so far.
Some of you might be wondering what exactly my role is on this great project. I'm the Line Producer -- in layman's terms, I'm the Producer that breaks down the script to determine how much it will cost to make the project, as well as being the person who is primarily in charge of the logistics and the minutia that happens behind the scenes. Some people might think it's all of the "boring" aspects of filmmaking (I BEG TO DIFFER!), but there's something that really exciting about putting a puzzle together, especially when that puzzle is a short film! Like any job, it's going to vary from person to person and experience to experience, but here's a glimpse into what it's been like Line Producing K.I.A. so far.
It's a job that starts long before the camera starts rolling and the director calls "action!" On our particular project, it started last May, when Chrissie & Matt approached me about "K.I.A." I'd worked with Matt & Chrissie on "Squaresville," and various other projects in between, and we've always had a great time working together. After I read Chrissie's script for "K.I.A.," I knew I wanted to Line Produce it.
After a few passes a schedule, and many passes at a budget, it's time for us to start checking crew member availability. As a producing team, we put together the crew. Because we'd all worked together with many of our crew members, many people were obvious choices for us but there are still a few positions that have to be filled. This is the part where we start reaching out to other people - friends of friends, friends of co-workers - anyone who might be a good fit for the project, and we interview them. If they're a good fit, we get their availability for the next few months to make sure it lines up with our project calendar.
Between meetings regarding the logistics of getting the film made, we're also working on the most challenging part of getting any movie made: FINANCING. We've been extremely active in reaching out to various people, organizations and grants (a BIG thank-you to The Puffin Foundation for their contribution to the film). We're partially there, yet we're constantly thinking of new ways and ideas to get the film financed.
So as you can see, it's all pretty exciting (AND VERY NECESSARY) stuff that Line Producer does. Since Matt, Chrissie & I have worked together before, stay-tuned for an in-depth entry of what it's like to be on set with our team for a day of shooting!
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