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I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Holiday. Not a lot to tell you all since we sent out the first update, but there are a few things.
First, I spent the past week writing a draft of the short film that will be the basis for Harmony’s crowdfunding campaign. If any of you saw our Instagram, you know the photo I’m talking about. The script is being sent to the Harmony team to review and refine, but it was a super exciting step for me to take to push Harmony even closer to production. The short script should be fairly easy to produce, so my hope is HMD can film in July and shoot for an August, but most likely September, crowdfunding campaign.
Meanwhile, our screenwriter Micah will be wrapping up the actual film’s script fairly soon. He just got off two months of cranking out an amazing TV pilot and spec script for some Hollywood Fellowships.
More potential investor meetings will be happening over June, and that means more tweaks to the business proposal for that. We are also scheduling our first major preproduction meeting with the main Harmony team this month and will be discussing everything from producing the crowdfunding video to actual production of Harmony to potential distribution strategies.
Big things are hopefully on the horizon!
Since we can’t seem to stay on schedule with any of our content (looking at myself in disgust as I write), I’m gonna try and start giving you all an update on what’s going on with our latest feature film Harmony.
As the script writing phase comes to a slow close (hopefully by the beginning of summer) I turned my attention to a business proposal and started early talks with investors close to HMD. A few weeks ago, we got our first committed investor AND investment. And that’s not just for Harmony; it’s our first investor in a project PERIOD. Excited barely describes the feeling.
But while that is an awesome threshold to cross, it’s merely one step in the right direction, with what feels like five-thousand more to go. We have two more committed investors now. Still many tweaks to the business proposal before we can move forward on a business plan for the film though. Once the last draft is in, the team will start on budgeting every little detail and compiling concept art.
Basic funding plan currently is half investor capital, half crowdfunding. Investor capital will ensure foundation funding to get the ball rolling on the project, while a successful crowdfunding campaign will begin to build an audience for the film. As we continue bringing in investors and pre-production gets going, more and more attention will have to be focused on refining ideas for a crowdfunding film for mid-summer. If done right, this will be just a taste of what is in store for the audience (who are hopefully craving to see it).
I’d love to have an assembled list of conventions, festivals, and theaters where we would like to show the film once on its way to completion for the business plan this week. We’ll see how that goes…stay tuned. Not sure what the frequency of these posts will be, but right now it’s my wall to bounce the ball off of at 2am on a Monday. I’ve been up all night listening to the “Paper Towns” soundtrack and looking at horror podcasts and film news sites to send our eventual press kit to. That’s a long ways away though…
Check out the trailer for HMD’s latest short film Forest of Light directed by Nathan Garduno!
Hey Everyone! Check out and support the Indiegogo campaign for our friend Conor Kyle’s pilot short film! Hand Me Down Films is producing it!
In part 2 this special episode, Griffin chats with filmmakers Yossera Bouchtia and Josh Freed, both recently featured in FilmShop’s BreakThrough Series Screening event. Listen to hear one on one interviews with the filmmakers as well as a section of their talkback at the BreakThrough Series Event!
In this episode, Grody talks with filmmaker Christopher Glatis about his career and his latest short Swivel Shot.
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This week, Griffin chats first with Executive Director of FilmShop, Albert Beniada about the first annual BreakThrough Screening Series hosted by Tom Jennings and Beau Willimon. Then he is joined by showcased filmmakers Taylor Stanton and Ben Donnellon to chat about their respective films. Part 2, showcasing two other filmmakers will air next week.