A completed script! 08/30/2011
Ahhhh... relief. I have finished the first full draft of my script and I have to say it feels really good! I am really excited to have the entire story laid out so that I can now begin breaking down each scene. Our instructor just showed us a feature within Celtx (the scriptwriting software) that allows us to easily complete scene breakdowns. We can breakdown the characters, props, sound effects, costuming, etc. within each scene. Something that use to take hours to complete can now be done in a matter of minutes. Hallelujah! :)
Now that I have my script complete, it is also time to start the location scouting. I need to contact various people and ask their permission to film in their facilities. The hardest location I need to lockdown will be a hospital... where 90% of my story takes place. I recently watched a student film where they filmed in an ambulance AND a hospital. It gave me the confidence I needed to seek out those types of locations myself. "All things are possible until they are proved impossible." I recently received the contact information for the head of marketing at one of Joe's hospitals here in the cities. I emailed them to see about shooting there next quarter. I will update with their response. This would be an ideal location because it is accurate to the story, close to school and close to Joe for when we need to borrow his wheelchair and hand cycle.
Kickstarter Update: I have only one week left to receive pledges for my film! A lot of people have been spreading the word about Joe's story, which is so great to hear. :) I am so happy that I decided to start a Kickstarter campaign. I think that having an actual budget to work with will improve the quality of my film and the effectiveness of the story. If you still haven't seen the Kickstarter video, check it out here!
Along with breaking down each scene and starting to find locations, we need to find someone to read our scripts. We are supposed to find someone who knows nothing about our story and ask them for feedback. I plan to send my script to one of the producers from my internship. A person whose opinion I trust that I know will give me an honest and thorough critique.
That is all for now! Updates soon :)
Huckleberry crazy! 08/21/2011
That's right... I went a little huckleberry nuts in Montana! What an amazing and beautiful place to spend a week! I feel so fortunate that I was able to be there filming Joe's ride and that I had the chance to meet all of his wonderful friends. I could not have asked for a more fulfilling week. We all worked really hard, shot some awesome footage, accomplished a lot of goals and did it all with great company!Greg (a mutual friend of Joe and I) summed up, "good people". Every single person on the trip was 100% there for Joe and there to help share his story. A handful of his closest friends did the ride with him, his girlfriend and their good friend, Alena, were the support team and Jason, Greg and I were behind the cameras. We even witnessed Joe proposing to his girlfriend, Amy on Mt. Jumbo! It was definitely the cherry on the top to an amazing week! For anyone who doesn't know... Mt. Jumbo is where the crash occurred and since Joe proposed to Amy there, he now has very positive emotions associated with that mountain. He can look up at it and remember that not only was that where his accident happened, but that is also where he proposed to Amy and where he began his speedy recovery towards a new life!
There is a GREAT news story that KPAX in Missoula recently did on Joe that you can check out here! They also used some raw footage that Jason and I shot on the trip to help supplement their own footage. We thought that was pretty cool!
It was really exciting to do some early production out in Montana, but now I have to try my hardest to put my footage aside and focus on my script. :/ Which is pretty difficult when you have so much to look at! :) I have to have a rough of my final script done this week so I am back to heavily working on pre-production. I just got off the phone with Amy and Joe where we talked for a few hours about Amy's experience while Joe was in the hospital. I learned a lot about Amy's first visits to the hospital, which gave some incredible insight into some of the initial emotions she felt. It will help me to better develop her character in the story. The two of them are still out in Montana so I am thankful that they were able to take some time to talk with me.
My Kickstarter campaign is still going strong! Thank you again to all of my backers for their continued support! You can find the names of all my supporters on my website's main page! :) I can't believe their are still 16 days to go! Anything above my initial goal is going to aid in a better production and more realistic ways to share Joe's story! I can't wait to see the possibilities I will have during production thanks to everyone's amazing support!
Time to get back to my script! So much more to add/change since my conversation with Amy! I will update more after I finish the rough draft. :)
Landed in Montana! 08/09/2011
I just landed in Kalispell, Montana! What a beautiful view of the mountains as I flew in! I had a very nice flight here. As I said before, my friend Lindsey and her mother helped me out with buddy passes and I was bumped to first class! I could get use to that kind of treatment! ;) On the flight, my seatmate happened to be a photographer living in the East Glacier area so we talked the entire way here! We both shoot on the Canon 5D MkII so it was great to hear advice on shooting better stills and then share my knowledge on shooting video & capturing audio. :) She told me that the places I will visit in Glacier... most people won't see in a lifetime. She got me even more excited to get out there and shoot my film! Along with me on the trip is my friend, Jason! I flew him into Kalispell from Los Angeles this morning to meet me. He has a great creative eye and will be a great assistant for these shoots.
We will be meeting up with Joe, Amy (Joe's girlfriend), Joe's friends, and Greg (a mutual friend of Joe and I) later this evening. Tonight we will be camping out in Kalispell, getting our groceries for the trip and then tomorrow we will be heading out to East Glacier (Many Glacier) where we will do our first night of camping before Joe's cycle tour!
I have had quite a few busy weeks getting prepared for this trip. I am actually only in the pre-production quarter for my film so I've had to do a lot of juggling between scriptwriting, building the Kickstarter project to help with funding, and plan the trip out here in MT! Among packing, testing all of my camera/audio equipment and running last minute errands, I managed to launch my Kickstarter project campaign last night! I launched it under the working title, "life, cycles: A real-life fiction film" Please check out the introductory video I created to help aid in the funding! I chose the working title, "life, cycles." for a couple of reasons... 1. just like the definition for a "life cycle" Joe has gone through a series of changes recently, but life is moving on and he is growing stronger through his challenges. and 2. "cycles" relates to the hand cycle tour he is out here doing in MT. I hope you can take a look at the project page I created. :) I would really appreciate any support you have in making this film to its greatest potential!
That is all I have for now! I will write back whenever I find internet... I hear both internet and reception will be hard to come by. Thank you to everyone who helped me get here! I greatly appreciate all of your love and support!
I will leave you with a few iPhone stills I took on my way here.
So very thankful! 08/04/2011
Only a few more days until I fly out to Montana to film the first parts of my short film - I am really looking forward to it! I will be flying out of MSP on Tuesday and spending the evening in Kalispell, MT before we head out to Glacier on Wednesday. My best friend and her mother were able to help me out with buddy passes to MT.... It certainly helps me keep my costs down! Regarding the trip, we just found out that Devin will be unavailable to assist me with the filming out there. He has classwork that his instructor will not let him miss. Although it is a huge bummer, I can completely understand why she won't let him. Because Devin cannot come with me, I was able to find another person who volunteered to meet me in MT! So glad that Jason could commit to helping on such a short notice. :) He has a visual effects/film background so it will be extremely helpful to have him there next week. A bunch of family and friends have offered to help us out with camping gear, so I will be picking up some of that gear this weekend!
I also found out yesterday that my Kickstarter project was approved!! On Monday, I filmed the contents of the Kickstarter video and I am now finishing up the edit. On Monday when I was at Joe's filming, a reporter for the Pioneer Press stopped by and interviewed Joe about his upcoming adventures! When he walked inside, the reporter started off interviewing me... He asked why I was there and how I knew Joe, which led into a conversation about my short film. The article will run either this weekend or next weekend during the hand cycle tour. I will post a link to the article when it runs. I'm excited to get my Kickstarter project up and running! Hopefully this weekend before I take off for MT!
In class we are working on writing our scenes including dialogue, actions and transitions. I wrote two scenes for last class, but during our critique we realized that because the majority of my film is from Joe's point of view, I need to be writing the script in first person. Something I did not know you could do in scriptwriting. Although the scenes were not originally written in first person, it still helped for me to simply start writing the scenes. I got a better understanding on where I want to go with the film, I just need to make adjustments to the scenes now.
That is it for now. Time to get back to writing my scenes!
Again, a HUGE thank you to everyone who has helped make Montana a possibility!
My parents and brother - for supporting and encouraging me with everything so far!
Linds & Linda- for helping with flights to and from MT! :)
Devin M. - even though you cannot come with, you have helped a great deal in preparing me!
Jason H. - for volunteering last minute! Its going to be great to have your creative eye out there!
Nate M. - for borrowing me your Go Pro cameras for the trip! & giving advice on other gear
Dick & Barb- for borrowing me camping gear for the week!
Ann S. - for all your advice and expertise on camping in Glacier
Classmates/Ben - for allowing me to be absent during class time and helping me with all the preparation so far
Here is my journal where I can reflect on the creative process in the development and production of my senior film.