End of the Year Update

on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 10:47 am

It’s been a good year for the ol’ grocery cart film, moving at a glacial pace sometimes, but we keep moving forward in spurts in between movies (I was lucky enough to have worked on two films in Sundance this year, and two other brilliant feature films) and it’s all beginning to build up like a tidal wave.

2010, Where Did You Go?

First, the biggest success of the year was the Monkey Barrel Fundraiser night, where we raised over $3,000 for the film, and rolled through tons of fun doing it.  Check out the photos from fundraiser to find yourself, or find out how much fun you missed: http://www.whileyouwerentlooking.com/2010/11/28/photos-from-monkey-barrel-night/

Our fundraising total to-date is more that $5,300, and the donations keep rolling in.   A million heartfelt thanks to all those who were able to donate and help set-up for the fundraiser, it brought us a long ways.  And a super high-five to the Camilla Dickenson movie crew in Spokane that put up a donation jar at the crafty table, that’s family for ya.

That puts us over a 1/3 of the way there. Our fundraising goal is $15,000 for all the gear, crew, insurance, costumes, props, stunt rigs, food, crafty, and transportation it takes just to make a short film.

You can always donate or encourage other’s to donate at: http://www.ifpseattle.org/events_sponsor_projects.htm

Finally, no review of the year would be complete without mentioning our stellar teaser trailer (http://www.vimeo.com/12353035) that debuted in August after many months of work, as well as the gorgeous website telling everyone about the project.  So proud of the way both these pieces turned out, and a special thanks to Jay Purcell for designing the web site, and the innumerable cast and crew that came together for the teaser trailer.

What’s Up 2011?

Moving forward, we’re applying to the 4Culture Grant, and actively looking for  film angels to fill in the financing gaps on our film.  Also look for a Kickstarter to start up as soon as we’re closer to production (and I make the pitch video I’ve been scheming on)

Casting will be taking a front seat in the beginning of the year as well, narrowing down the list of possibles for the lead role, and putting together the final cast that will bring this film to life.

After financing can be secured, we’ll start the fun work of actually making a film.

I’m confident this year will bring pixels exposed for us, and finally a film to watch. Timing still depends on many elements, but if this year goes anything like the last, we’re sure to make it.

What Can You Do?

The best things have always been from friends of friends, and that means the most important thing you can do is forward emails, post on Facebook, tell all your friends and family about this interesting and quirky little project that they could be part of.  The more people we have involved, the easier it is for all of us, and it makes it a lot more fun.

That’s it for now,

Peace, love and movie-makin’

Jeremy Mackie
Director/Lead Instigator
While You Weren’t Looking