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Not that Indiegogo is a no-gogo, but I have decided to double my chances of funding my first feature film, The Ocean, by establishing a Kickstarter campaign, just so I can reach the largest possible audience.
Okay, sixty days may be inaccurate — but for all it’s worth, the past two months have been INSANE. Mostly in a good way.
My wife and I welcomed a cute little boy into this world! Harrison James Dunlop (born November 28). He smiles a lot, especially when he’s pooping. But all around, he is such a happy kid.
And because I don’t think I’m busy enough with a newborn at home, in the past two months I have taken on a few video projects, all of which have been sizzle reels, or highlight reels of news and media coverage for individual clients. Below are a few samples.
A collection of 3M’s coverage in the press in 2013. Music and content is used only for the aesthetic value of this presentation and further authorizations have been acquired. © 2014.
I was asked to produce a sizzle highlight reel of Virgin Mobile’s press coverage over a period of 10 years by PR firm Hill + Knowlton. Music and content is used only for the aesthetic value of this presentation and further authorizations have been acquired. © 2013.
A sizzle reel that highlights the video component of Newstalk1010.com. This particular video was made in only a few hours, so it is a little bit rough around the edges. Music and content is used only for the aesthetic value of this presentation and further authorizations have been acquired. © 2014.
And then there’s The Ocean:
I have started a new website specifically to document the development of my first motion picture. On that site you can see storyboards, the script, video demos and more. I’ll be starting a fundraising campaign in the coming days to raise the $20,000 I will need to produce it.
Sleep. I’ll also be getting some sleep soon. I hope.
John Tory receives an exclusive tour of the new world-class Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada from President Jim Pattison Jr and General Manager Peter Doyle. © 2013
These wasps are like “Oh no you f***ing didn’t!”
My film project, “The Ocean” passed another couple of hurdles in the last week and a half: With the completion of the second draft and all of the storyboard artwork, the film is even closer to production than ever before.
I remember scribbling this idea down in an old notebook back in early 2011. While the scribbles haven’t changed much, a clearer image of the final piece is beginning to show through.
To read the script in its entirety, click here.*
NOTE: I am currently looking for male actors to fill the roles of the two lead characters. Paid work. Also seeking crew for paid work, and the devil to help me pull this off.
According to my wife, Jennifer, I am quickly approaching a tipping point: Do I push on and try to produce the entire outdoor-set film before autumn begins and onslaught that is Canadian weather ruins everything; or do I wait until next spring, use the “dark months” to find the best actors and crew I can, as well as additional funding?
I don’t like putting things off.
And I don’t like that ill feeling that if I do put something off, I’ll lose interest in it.
But I also hate producing shit work.
My wife (and forcefully appointed co-producer) has a good point. Perhaps it is better to wait, to do things right, especially if I’m going to be spending good money on this (more than $0 this time!). I do want it to look good, but, being a perfectionist I know that no matter how much I prepare, the final product will never be perfect in my eyes.
Like a shark, forward I go.
As long as the tipping point doesn’t quickly become a point of no return.
(All of the spent markers used to produce storyboards for “The Ocean”)
* Script and screenplay in any form © 2013 by Andrew Dunlop.
** Storyboards, artwork and all related imagery © 2013 by Andrew Dunlop. All rights reserved.
"New Baby" Announcement: My wife and I came up with the idea, figuring I drink coffee like a maniac, she adores DavidsTea and our baby will likely be jonesin’ for milk.
Sunshine, acrylic on canvas
I have been storyboarding my feature film, The Ocean since the end of April, and I am around 75% finished at this point in time.
This is a much simpler film to storyboard as it takes place in only one location that isn’t a complex glass space ship.
Below you’ll find a sample of some of my favorite panels.
Picture this: For weeks you have been stranded at sea; you’re on the brink of death and your only hope for survival is to negotiate, and plea, for water from a man who is trying to eat you.
That’s how my latest script begins. Bowman finds himself in a stalemate with an unlikely evil character named Carter, while the two men remain stranded in the middle of the ocean.
How far will each man go to survive? What actions will be too dark, too disturbing as they attempt to outlive one another? Who has the real power in this metaphorical stranglehold?
I plan to shoot this film towards the end of summer this year on the shores of Lake Ontario (yes I know, it’s not an ocean; no, I won’t be changing the title). To satisfy my itch of making a good feature length film I have included only two characters and one location in the script; meaning that the dialogue and acting has to be wicked-bad or else the entire project will fall flat.
Which would be a shame because who doesn’t enjoy a movie about cannibalism every now and then?