Obstacles - house shootAfter producing a couple of our own things, we wanted to try our hand at producing someone else’s project. Lucky for us, we met a lovely lady by the name of Geeta Sehgal at Yegfilm and it just so happened she was writing a short about an anxious woman who had to confront one of her fears by crossing a bridge high above an Edmonton ravine to support her friend’s exhibit opening.

Geeta’s script arrived soon after we mentioned our interest in producing and we were off and running. Of course, this meant trying to standardize the process and forms we had begun crafting and putting to use on our pilot episode of Startups. Our challenge was to make sure the things we were doing as a duo would make sense to someone else working on the project and help us all accomplish the goal of bringing Geeta’s idea to screens.

More about what we learned, and the movie itself, after the jump.

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April Script Frenzy

Script Frenzy logoThis April we challenged ourselves to write every day in the goal of completing a feature-length movie script each. While we both didn’t succeed, the month was a success.

Based on the old Script Frenzy idea from the good folks behind NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month (it’s November), it used to be a similar event in April of each year where they asked writers to craft a 100-page screenplay between April 1 and 30. The event no longer runs in the spring, but Sally pitched it as a good way to finish a couple of our bigger ideas.

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Reading List

As Jeff mentioned in the previous post, I’m scheduled to be on a panel at the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society Symposium this Friday, May 9, where I’ll be talking with Calgary super-producer Spencer Estabrooks about finding an audience for your work online (check out his spectacular web series One Hit Die here).

While I cannot say definitively how the discussion will go (if I learned one thing in high school, it’s that the only thing you can count on in social situations is getting swirlied and jammed in a locker), there is one thing that is indisputable – I will mention like 8,000 books, because I have a personal believe-y that any problem, no matter how gigantic, somewhere, has a book that can solve it. I will also heavily plug the web app that Samsonite and I have in the works.

So after the jump, find a list of some books I am likely to recommend on the topic of internet distribution, business models and audience acquisition. Continue reading

Collaborating on Global Visions

Edmonton is home to Canada’s longest-running documentary film festival.

Global Visions globe logoIt’s gone through a few name changes over the years and this year the Global Visions Film Festival is expanding to show more movies than ever.

This post serves three purposes. The first is to mention that Global Visions begins Thursday, May 8 and is almost definitely going to have something you’d like to see.

The second and third reasons for this post after the jump!

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