Thursday, July 29, 2010

Goals for my new film

Well, I have finally jumped into production mode, full throttle, on a short film titled "Valley of Mist" (working title). The film follows the story of a Samala man and wife, 1500 years ago, as they journey through the mountains trying to make it into the Los Angeles Basin. They're lost, tired and scared, and to make matters worse, they quickly realize they are being pursued by a mysterious spirit.

My goals for this film are ambitious. I want to create a creature/spirit that looks really good. Scary, yet beautiful. I love fantasy, I love movie creatures, and most of all, I am fascinated by Native American culture. I want to portray the Native Americans in this movie in a unique, authentic way. Their relationship is the focal point of the entire film and I can't wait to explore the dynamics with the actors. I'm also really excited to get a chance to show a glimpse of what Native American culture was like back then. These people have been here for such a long time, and I think it's fascinating that there is so much history in this region that we know nothing about. So many people who have lived here, so long ago, who we'll never know anything about. I hope to, in some very small way, delve into that ancient world. Truly, I wish I could make a feature film to provide an even more immersive experience. But, at this time, there are limits to what I can do financially!

This is the link to my fundraising site:

I hope to raise $1000 for the film. It's not much, but I think it'll do the trick.

And finally, I'm really excited! I'm excited to be directing something again! Pray that all the needed funds come in, the locations work out, the costumes work out, basically that everything works out. Because, in pre-production, almost anything can go wrong, which is nerve wracking. But, I feel really good about the team I have assembled so far and I'm at the point where I'm confident we can do this!

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