Earlier in the year I wrote about how the recession had the opportunity to help my script - Circumference.
So I did a rewrite and a script reading which was great. And, yes, it all worked. Semi finalist in Scriptapalooza. Top marks from Lucy in the scriptmarket. Now currently quarterfinalist in BlueCat. The script shows the benefit of the many rewrites. Check it out if you like.
If you are a long time blog reader you will remember this project in its previous draft. It was an experiment to see if it was possible to fund a film through adverts - in a ITV style. A new idea -Google meets film - kind of thing. But the figures just didn't add up once the money men were forced to consider it when the proposal went live. And then the recession came so that definitely killed the idea in that form.
And so I thought the story was dead. You may have similar projects that suffered the same fate. Whole TV shows are suffering it right now - even with the largest of companies.
But moaning about it, I felt, was a poor attitude. That isn't a film makers attitude at all. It isn't a writers attitude. While the rest of the world falls into chaos we were already living there. We know how to make something out of nothing. We do it everyday.
So the new plan is simple once you realise that:
One: Rewrite as a recession era romance that taps into the concerns of our times. (done, tick that off)
Two: Fund it in a recession method that matches the ethos of the story (launching right now)
The basic premise being that this is a film for people who want to do something pro-active in the recession. They want a story about it. And they want to be a part of it.
The proposal is simple. £100 buys you a share in the success of the film - a stake in it if you like. Similar to how Danny Stack funded his short film but on a bigger scale as its a feature. But because its a feature it actually has a market value and a good shot at getting some money back. And hopefully a profit for us all.
What else are you going to invest in? Houses? Stock market? You may as well invest in what you believe in - so you feel better and have some damn fun. Something we all need.
More on this approach to come obviously.