Budget and Schedule

Progress on ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? continues.  Today, I received our budget and schedule from our line producer.  This is an important early step.  We can now go over the budget and make adjustments based on things we can get at a lower price or perhaps borrow or even do without.  Our budget is currently set at $10,000.  We have $5000 available, so obviously, there’s work to do.

It’s not as bad as it seems.  We’re getting the bulk of our labor from volunteers, so that accounts for considerably lower expenditures.  We are also negotiating to cut our location fees by about 70%.  We are planning to shoot all but one scene in a private home.  The home is owned by a very nice family.  They have a son who is a high school senior bound for film school.  He’s excited about the shoot and we have offered him a position as a Production Assistant in exchange for a better rate.  That’s indie filmmaking folks.  Beg, barter, borrow and steal!

Things are moving along pretty smoothly.  It’s nice, but a little scary, like I’m waiting for the other shoe to fall.  Oh, well, there’s plenty of time left for something to go wrong.  We do have so many things to do and the October shoot will be here before we know it.

We’ve also fixed the minor problems with the script.  My other lead and I worked together on the script last night while on Skype.  She’s an amazing writer and we really mesh well.   She has an uncanny knack for reading my working and knowing exactly what I’m trying to say.  She pulls things out of which I’m not consciously aware.  She tightened up a scene and made it flow much better.  Then together we fixed the final scene.  It maintains the overall tone of the film, it’s very funny and it keeps things simple, very important for a short.  I am sharing writing credit with her.  She put a lot of effort into it and deserves it.

Today, I also wrote a script for a very short little promotional video to help us raise additional funds and get the word out.  It’s the two leads, a married couple discussing how they met and talking about their marriage.  It’s funny and introduces the characters and hints at the problem they will encounter.  I’m excited about it.  I’m hoping we can shoot it at our next production meeting and get it online.

This is really happening.  Hard for me to believe sometimes.  It’s very exciting.

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