WOW. It's been a week since we launched and we made our goal!! I am SO EXCITED! I was driving to Sedona, Arizona when it happened: My phone service was inconsistent, but I kept updating to see the news. And then… it happened! And it materialized because of the TREMENDOUS support we've received from our community near and far. Seriously, we have received support all around the world -- hello, Australia, Germany and Colombia! I am so honored by your support. This means that we are going to make this film. There is no turning back. And that reality makes me giddy with excitement! We've been collecting a team of talented, passionate, individuals and together we are gearing up to make a really special project.
Our journey is far from over, though. In many ways, it's just begun. With 13 days left to go in the campaign, I hope to see if we can make it to our stretch goal of $7,500. Every single dollar counts. Sometimes it's hard to know what money will go toward in indie filmmaking, but I can tell you right now. As I said in our video, the look of the film is vital, and replicating the 1940s will be our biggest challenge. We've already begun location scouting and have found some incredible options. Some of the best sites (ones with realistic 1940s details, such as vintage stoves and tiling) exceed our original budget. Additionally, getting access to a WWII era military uniform will be expensive.
I want to encourage you to keep spreading the word and sharing our campaign. And if you were considering donating, but held off, I'd love for you to consider it again. There are still ways that we can enhance our production with your help! Let's make this movie together, and let's make it the best darn film we can!! Thank you for your continued support! WE. ARE. MAKING. A. MOVIE!!!!!!
That's right, folks, our Kickstarter is live and online (!)
The K.I.A. team has been working hard the last few weeks to get this ready and now we're done it. We've been so fortunate to have so much support and enthusiasm for the project already -- from our collaborators to organizations like the Puffin Foundation. And we are SO close to getting this short made -- you can help us cross the finish line.
And I should mention that we have some pretty cool rewards, too! My favorite is the chance to be featured in the actual film in a vintage photo (we'll photoshop you in).
Check out the project and help us spread the word!
The feature, starring our director/actress Christine Weatherup and co-star Micah Hauptman, has been released by the Orchard. We are super excited to share the film!
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iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Xbox, Sony Playstation, Vudu
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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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