Uphill Battle

There was something that was said by the producers in the meeting on Monday that I kinda glossed over at the time, but it was around the moment that the tone of the meeting changed. Thinking back on it now -- and reading between the lines a bit -- it seems to be a recurring theme with the initial excitement and then sudden cold feet we've experienced when it comes to financing Red Yesterday, and

Not so fast…

Brian and I had the follow-up in-person meeting today. They're not interested in financing the film, but instead they may be providing an LOI for distribution. Not quite the homerun we were hoping for, but at least it's

Big Development?

This afternoon Brian and I had a fantastic Skype meeting (virtual meetings are WEIRD) with the producer and owner of a small production company/international sales agent. He loved our pitch for 'Red Yesterday' and seems very interested in financing the film. We're scheduling an in-person meeting soon to go into more detail. Fingers crossed, but this is the most solid development we've had in quite awhile, so it's hard to keep my optimism in check.


If no one is going to help you along the way, then I guess you gotta do it yourself. That's not the epiphany. This is... We have everything we need to make a feature with the tiniest of budgets (okay, okay... not Primer or El Mariachi tiny, but not a whole lot more) and not have to rely on industry people to give us money. Talented friends to crew. A professional camera package. A house

More Prep

I'm sitting at LAX waiting for my flight to Cincy. Spending about a week back home visiting folks, plus a fair amount of prep on Red Yesterday. I have a couple meetings scheduled, as well as lots of location scouting... several high schools, a couple bars, an old covered bridge, and I'm REALLY hoping to get to see the Ghost

Red Yesterday, Draft 4: The Witch

A few weeks ago we received some pretty amazing script notes from a major Hollywood player. Not only were we blown away by his generosity, but his in-depth thoughts and critiques really allowed us to look at the film from a different angle and ultimately find a way to expand on an under-utilized thread in the script. Since then, Brian and I have been back to work... adding, cutting, revamping, trimming, reshaping. It's been a

Perhaps A Little Too Crazy…

...And it all fell apart. Just about as quickly as it began. Well, not really fell apart... just postponed. We ultimately weren't able to secure all of the necessary financing, and now that we're less than a month out, we had to make the difficult decision to push back. No new dates set, but hoping for sometime in the spring.   This is far and away the most prep I've ever done on a project

Red Yesterday

Writing from Cincinnati... here for a personal matter, but figured I'd also get some prep done... location scouting and the like. And why, you ask? Well...   After Brian and I talked about the no-budget feature (entitled 'Red Yesterday') to shoot before the end of the year, we outlined it the next day. Super rough... not even written down. The quickest outline I've ever done. But it was enough. Brian spent the next ten days

Roller Coaster

Since pushing back from July 6, we were planning on shooting in November. As of today, November is no longer a reality. So now we're tentatively looking at March.   I've heard stories for years about the struggle and TIME it often takes to get an indie film off the ground. I'm seeing firsthand that reality, even while receiving tons of praise on the script. It's been two years now since the project's genesis, yet