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Day 163: Progress

I didn’t have as much time to spend on Eternal Camping as I would have liked or planned today so I didn’t get as much done as I was expecting.

Indiegogo:

I continued working on the Indiegogo page for a bit as I continued to work on the pie chart. It is now mostly done but I still need to tinker with it to make sure that the information comes across and that it looks good.

Casting:

I still need to contact the people. I meant to do that today but that just wasn’t possible as I had a whole bunch of personal errands to take care off so I wasn’t able to. I should be able to get to this starting tomorrow morning. I apologize for this delay but it simply couldn’t be helped.

Crew:

I don’t exactly know yet when I’ll be shooting the Indiegogo video (I’m thinking end of March) but if you want to help or you know someone who will be free to help, please get in touch with me! I’ll need someone to handle camera and someone to handle boom.

Day 162: Project Progress

Indiegogo:

I kept working on drafting the budget part of the Indiegogo page to make sure it’s grammatically correct and that it properly conveys the information. I want to be as transparent as possible but I also don’t want to overwhelm the reader. I also started to see if I could make a pie-chart so that the people interested can better visualize the information. This is a simple pie-chart that takes the percentage of where each part of the budget is going to.

Casting:

In addition to working on the Indiegogo page, I prepared some basic e-mails so that I can send them to the actors/actresses that I am casting over the next couple of days. This is basically a format that will tells them they got picked, for what role, and what it entails. I wanted a basic e-mail template to ensure clear communication but also so I didn’t have to draft a new e-mail every time I contacted a new person. I also plan to call them on their phone if I have their number but I will be sending an e-mail copy regardless.

Crew:

I don’t exactly know yet when I’ll be shooting the Indiegogo video (I’m thinking end of March) but if you want to help or you know someone who will be free to help, please get in touch with me! I’ll need someone to handle camera and someone to handle boom.

Day 161: Updates

Casting:

There is good news! I’ve pretty much have locked down and picked who I’m going to cast in the Indiegogo video. I was able to work with Jeff Santos and someone else who is helping me with this to finally make decisions today. Alas, the decisions weren’t 100% locked down until it was too late for me to contact people so that’s going to happen early next week. Hopefully they’ll say yes and will still be free to record.

Indiegogo:

I’ve started working on a draft to add to the Indiegogo page that outlines how we’ve budgeted the Eternal Camping movie. This includes telling people how much money we plan for each part of the production and generally where we are spending it on. I’ll finish this section sometime next week but it’s pretty much ready for me to just plug it into the page.

Crew:

I don’t exactly know yet when I’ll be shooting the Indiegogo video (I’m thinking end of March) but if you want to help or you know someone who will be free to help, please get in touch with me! I’ll need someone to handle camera and someone to handle boom.

Day 160: Updates

I have a couple of updates!

Cast:

I’m still waiting to hear back from that one person but we do have some scheduled time to go over the choices tomorrow. I did spend the day today preparing casting releases for the voice actors. These release is like a contract that allows me to use their voice work in the Indiegogo video. The actors, as well as the actor’s parents for those who are under 18, will all have to sign this release.

Budget:

I’m happy to say that the budget for the feature film is kinda complete: it’s now at just barely under $50k! This means that I’ll soon be going back into the Indiegogo page and I’ll be able to do the budget part of the page so that people will know exactly what we are spending the money on. That makes me pretty happy! All my gratitude to Jeffrey Santos-he really did a great job!

Crew:

I don’t exactly know yet when I’ll be shooting the Indiegogo video (I’m thinking end of March) but if you want to help or you know someone who will be free to help, please get in touch with me! I’ll need someone to handle camera and someone to handle boom.

Day 117: Happy New Year!

Wow, it’s 2016. It’s weird how fast time flies. I’m hoping that by the end of the year, we’d have shot the film and we’re knee-deep in post-production but that means it’s time to start working on actually launching the Eternal Camping Indiegogo campaign. Granted, most of the page is already done but there are a few hurdles left:

[*] Finalizing the budget. I want to get the budget down to $50,000. I feel like that’s a realistic goal for me to reach through an Indiegogo campaign. I’m primarily working on this project by myself and I do have limited experience on working on feature films. Once I know I can do the movie at $50k,

[*] The Indiegogo Video. Yes, I have a script and a storyboard done so I’ve done some pre-production work. You know what I still need? I need equipment, I need to figure out a schedule to shoot it, and I need to find a way to edit it.

[*] Setting up a company. This is going to be the final step before we launch but I need a company account where the funds go to.

I’ve started looking into equipment to shoot the Indiegogo video today and have taken steps into perhaps solving the budget problem.

For the camera, I’m thinking a camcorder. It’ll have to shoot in 1080p HD. It likely won’t be the camera we shoot the actual movie with-we could use it a secondary camera to save time. There are some cameras I see on Amazon that could fill my purpose for less than $100. A tripod brings the cost up to $15.

Based on my research, it’ll cost me about $25 to go for a microphone. I’m not entirely sure yet if I’m going to get a lighting kit. This is just to shoot the pitch part of the video. For the teaser trailer at the beginning, I might need to get lighting equipment to shoot woods in the dark.So in total the Indiegogo video is going to have a budget to about $130.

Day 39: Updated the Budget

Today I took what I learned from the schedule and added it in to the budget. I wish there was more I could add but at this point, there really isn’t much to report. If you are following this blog, I’m sure at this point it’s not THAT interesting but I’ll try to see if I can think of something to write tomorrow.

Day 38: Preliminary Schedule Done

Today I finished up a preliminary schedule! I’ve also discovered by doing the schedule that I do need to add in a couple more things to the budget due to special expenses incurred by a couple of scenes. Luckily we only need these expenses for a couple of days so they don’t really add a lot to the budget.

Day 37: Scheduling Again

Hello! Today I worked more on a pre-emptive schedule. At this point, I’m just grouping the scenes together based solely on location and then arranging the scenes based on how long they are. There’s some night scenes in the script that also require special consideration-I’m not sure how we are going to shoot them yet but right now I’m thinking of actually shooting them at night. Which means I’ll want to film the movie when there’s enough daylight hours to get all the day scenes but also where the sun sets earlier so that I can film the night scenes in one shift. I might also shift the night scenes to shoot them all at one time and just not shoot anything during the day.

Day 36: Scheduling

Today I jumped right back into Eternal Camping by working on a very preliminary schedule. Now the schedule will definitely change because I’m doing the schedule without a lot of the variables (location availability and cast schedules) but this is just to get an idea whether I’m budgeting a good amount of time for shooting the actual movie. I will also be using this schedule to ensure that the cost of every scene is properly accounted for-such as special props I might have missed while doing the preliminary budget. Today I went through the whole script to distribute locations and to start slotting scenes per day.  I’ll do this over the next couple of days.

Day 35: Spreadsheet Formulas

So today I created a copy of the budget spreadsheet but this time attached all of the monetary values to formulas based on percentages. This essentially allows me to put in a budget figure like “$50,000” and the whole budget changes to make it so that it all adds up to $50,000. It’s not a perfect system (it’ll allow wages to go below minimum wage for one) but at least it’s a start in being able to easily change the budget rather than having to manually change every single value to get a desired number. It also allows me to see what’s being prioritized by the budget and I can change that.

I’m sure this will be helpful going forward!