Our equipment is rented, our locations are mostly set, our cast and crew have received their first call sheet, and our fingers crossed for some decent (ie: not too sunny, not too rainy) weather tomorrow. Keep an eye out, because we should have the rough cut of the opening title sequence uploaded here in a couple days, and then we’re taking a break while our Kickstarter and other fundraising efforts wrap up and we develop characters and plot points with our actors.
If you’re in the mood to pitch in a little cash to help our little do-it-ourselves indie flick, click on the link above. $5 or $5,000 — any amount helps and there are incentives for any price range. Also, we’re constantly on the look out for musicians, locations, interesting eccentrics, and local businesses. The script is designed to allow us a lot of flexibility, so if you’re interested in getting a little bit of inexpensive exposure for yourself or your business, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On that note, my alarm is set for 6 AM and I’m going to close my eyes for a bit and try hard to not to think about scheduling, budgeting, props, set dressing, locations, wardrobe, makeup, cameras, lights, audio gear, actors, transportation, permits, or craft services for a couple of hours…
We are looking for a bucket drummer for a quick and easy scene in the movie. It’ll be about an hour’s worth of work in downtown Portland this weekend. Our schedule is flexible. Please email us at email@example.com with videos or links to your work. We are offering $50 cash for the hour, plus $50 deferred and a copy of the movie on DVD. Also potential for future soundtrack work as well.
I’ll be honest with you, even in the most comforting circumstances casting is always my least-favorite part of the moviemaking process. Add in the fact that I was in a new city — somewhere that you couldn’t just walk into a coffee shop and wave a script and have actors flock to you — I was more than a bit nervous to start this stage of the process. However, “The Buskers & Lou” being a movie, we are definitely going to need actors at some point and that point is now, so we loaded up on caffeine…
…and we filled our bellies with a quick Thai food dinner from the closest food cart…
…and we got our work space organized…
…and our camera ready…
…and we were off and running.
Day 1 started out on the opposite side of awesome when, right as our first actor arrived, I received a text — followed by an email, and finally a phone call — from another actor who just couldn’t wait to tell me that he’d read the sides I’d sent him and decided he wasn’t interested in the project. So that was exciting. But after that, things started looking up. Our first actor was solid and he didn’t seem to mind that the director was unprofessional enough to not silence his cell phone, and over the course of a few hours we saw a few dozen actors that ran the gamut from totally professional and amazing to interestingly weird and distinctly Portlandish. And when it was all over, I’ll admit, I was blown away by the level of talent that showed up — I figured we’d get one or two people who really stood out, a handful of people who would work out just fine, and a few people who we could use in a pinch, but then we’d have to deal with scheduling issues and conflicts, and questions about the content of the movie and so on. But we walked away the first day with the Definitely Maybe stack completely dominating the Definitely Not stack.
Day 2: The Round-table Callback Experiment: After dividing our Maybes into groups and splitting them up based on speculation and projection, we brought in one of each of our primary characters to see how they might work off each other. And, it surprised me a bit but the experiment turned out well and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun.
But now comes the hard part — the movie could very easily go in a number of different directions, but we’re in the fortunate position to have a lot of talent to choose from. It’s been a long week, so next step: knock back a celebratory glass of whiskey, finish this blog post, and hit the hay. We have to make some final big decisions tomorrow but I’m looking forward to having our cast in place.
With that step behind us, our next immediate goals to tackle are to find a web developer and designer to work on promotional material and building our web presence while we push forth with trying to get the opening credit sequence knocked out next week. Production is definitely underway, there’s no looking back now, so check back here soon to see how things are coming along.
With Co-Producers attached, story beats scripted out, and casting sessions booked for this weekend principle photography on “The Buskers & Lou” is right around the corner and you can help get this movie made by making a donation by clicking the Paypal button below. There are a variety of incentives for you to choose from:
- Intern Level: For donations of $5, you will receive a personalized and individually numbered behind-the-scenes postcard. When you receive yours in the mail, upload it to the website and watch step-by-step as the movie comes together from scratch. Or, for donations of $10, you will receive both a postcard and an autographed copy of the story beats.
- Production Assistant Level: For donations of $50, you will receive a personalize postcard, a copy of the story beats, the movie on DVD, and the soundtrack as a digital download.
- Associate Producer Level: With a donation of $100 you will receive a DVD, the autographed story beats, a personalized postcard, the soundtrack on CD, and a Thank You in the credits at the end of the movie.
- Co-Producer Level: For a donation of $250, you will receive the movie on DVD, the soundtrack on CD, a personalize postcard, an autographed copy of the story beats, a Thank You credit in the movie along with a movie poster (18″ x 27″), a “Buskers & Lou” t-shirt, a credit on the Internet Movie Database, and we will plug your personal website by linking it to our official movie site.
- Producer Level: If you really want to see this movie made, a donation of $1,000 will get you a whole host of incentives: all the items listed above, above as well as a Co-Producer credit in the opening credit sequence, autographed cast & crew photo, autographed and bound copy of the script, a “Buskers & Lou” coffee mug, an invitation to the official wrap party, and you can have a character in the movie named after you. (Note: Limited to 5 characters.)
- Executive Producer: And if you really, really want to see this movie made — and why wouldn’t you? — for a donation of$5,000, along with the gratitude of everyone on the cast and crew, you will receive an Executive Producer credit in the opening credit sequence as well as all the incentives listed above, and our cast will record a cover song of your choice for inclusion on the DVD and dedicated to you, and you will receive 2 tickets to see the movie at any film festival where it screens (transportation to the festivals not provided).
Every little bit helps. After making your donation, make sure you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address. You can also donate via our Kickstarter page here.
Thank you for your donation, and for supporting independent filmmaking.
— The Buskers & Lou Production Team
The title pretty much says it all — pre-production on “The Buskers & Lou” is officially underway. Check back soon for more updates, information, and watch as we develop this locally-grown feature film from the ground up.