DATE: Friday, April 15
TIME: 8:30 pm
LOCATION: The Starry Plough, Berkeley
3101 Shattuck Avenue
What started as a writing project on the front lawn sitting in the sun with Mick Erausquin (my co-writer) evolved into planning, fundraising, producing and directing.
Some interesting tidbits learned along the way:
- I love writing, but after years of trying to pawn the film off to a director I found that I absolutely LOVE directing. Who would have guessed that? Try it all because you never know what you might have a knack for.
- I knew I would be a good producer, but it's still producing and it's still business. I can do it, but I wouldn't wish it on you. Unless of course you're a screaming negotiator.
- Two things you should never ignore: makeup and hair. Wow.
- Trust the advice of your caterer. People need food. It makes them happy. A happy crew is a good crew.
- Lights can create magic. Plan around it. It takes time to set up. And then be grateful you took the time.
- Think it all through. Every step, every shot, every angle. THEN try it. Don't assume anything.
- A wise person once said to me, "You have three films. The film you wrote. The film you shot. And the film you edit." Do you hear the angels singing with this one? I sure do.
- Do your homework. Read other writers. Study other directors. Listen to soundtracks and composers. I spend most of my free time watching movies and wondering how they got that shot, why they cast that person, and why the director decided to go uptempo on the music in the slow scene.
In the end, I'm not ecstatic about the film truthfully. But I am quite proud. It's a charming little piece, with some laughs, some melancholy, some gravitas, and it comes from a real place of heart and history. We will do more films and they will be more -- more powerful, more funny, more insightful, more paced. But it's a good start. I'm okay with that.
We all need to be grateful for the angels in our lives. And this film had its share of angels, cast and crew in particular. But the biggest wings go to those people who were there for nothing but FAITH.
The Driver (that's Sam because she pushed me to do it, and she did it with love, charm and creativity. Her style is all over this and I could NEVER have done it without her)
The Coach (AD, who always had my back and kept encouraging me and stood beside me throughout)
The Saviors (my investors, especially Jason, Jim & Mary, who believed ALL THE WAY)
The Captain (Matt, the captain of all things post production and one of the most generous and kind people I know)
The Carpenter (this means Scott our fearless editor, who cobbled together moments that I only had in my head with very little direction and a huge amount of nerve)
The Visionary (Mike, because in the end he stepped up when none of us could and made all the best suggestions when I couldn't)
The Candy Man (for the music from a real pro, Douglas couldn't have been sweeter. He added sugar to a very dry cookie)
and The Baker (Mick, who wrote this story with me, let it cook, then swooped in at the end when everyone else had moved on, to continue to contribute to its final shape)
The party will be a good one. See you there!