Well, I write this with some frustration and embarrassment, but a blog is a blog, warts and all.
It looks like the financing we had lined up, that was such a sure thing, has fallen through. I'll spare all the details, but the company we were talking to won't be able to put a deal together. Everything's still good on our side; our money is real and we're ready to go, but they weren't. So we're somewhat back to square one. So maddening.
So we'll pursue some of the other options we have, some of which are actually promising, but we're only going to give it another three or four months. So we'll see how this all turns out. I continue to watch a movie a day and read a book a week, furthering my education and preparation as a filmmaker. If I get the chance, I'm going to make a great film, that I know, and anyone who gets involved in this project is going to end up being very proud of it.
Still not much to report...
Published: March 17, 2008
I wish I had big news, but the money stuff is still taking a long time and is complicated. This is my least favorite part about filmmaking, the whole "paying for it" stuff.
That said, I just finished one of my favorite directing books of all time; normally I have to force myself to keep reading academic filmmaking books, but I was excited every time I sat down to read this one. "I'll Be In My Trailer," by John Badham, is a book about directing actors that I'm recommending to every director I'll ever talk to. It's not just boring theory (I've read some books on directing actors that were boring and meaningless, normally written by teachers), it's written by a successful director with dozens of anecdotes from actors and directors. Go get it right now if you're a filmmaker.