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Date Posted: Tue March 17, 2009 23:34:23
Author: Lemons
Subject: If you're serious about this...
In reply to: Comicality 's message, "Now there's another concern to think about...." on Mon March 16, 2009 18:54:06

...there are a thousand ways to go about it. Drumming up money for equipment is probably going to be the hardest part. However, GFD has a rather large following. If we all made what contributions we could...you might be off to a good start. Myself, I'm rather poor, but I'll do what I can. And if you decide to shoot anything in Oregon, let me know, I can do make-up; the bulk of my experience lies in stage make-up, but I've dabbled with just about everything. I've taken some simple video production classes from the local public access channel. It's nothing fancy, but it is basic working knowledge. The one thing I learned, after I had a few scripts written, every time I got a 'free' crew together, when it came close to time to start shooting, everyone suddenly had other things to do. So that's something else to think about...commitment from your team. This is especially important when you're half-way through the film/video and people decide they're bored or want to get paid or some garbage like that. And with an epic like GFD, it's going to be a HUGE undertaking for everyone involved. It doesn't need to cost millions of dollars, but you do need a couple good camera's and mic's. Some video software or access to an editing room. You can pull it off with video far, far cheaper than film. Although you sacrifice that 'big screen' look/feel, again, however, that's where you're software comes in. You can give it that grainy film appearance, even throw in a few burnt spots on the reel, lol. So aside from camera's, mic's and software...you just need committed people and time/space to do your thing. And I hate to be materialistic about this, but the one thing you may want to spend the most money on is a lawyer, to get confidentiality contracts drawn up, etc. Don't forget, if you haven't already, to turn in a copy to the copyright office...would be a shame for someone to steal it and rework it into something it's not. Although with as many readers as GFD has, you'd have no problem in court proving that it's yours and not Paramount's, at least, I would think...I'm certainly NOT a legal expert.

Anyway, in short, it is possible to do on a small budget. You just have to plan it really well and have a very committed cast and crew.

On another note, I think three 'films' isn't enough for the size of GFD. Of course you'd shoot it all at once, but most audiences don't want to sit for three+ hours watching a flick. So the "harry potter" thing might work best: break it up into five or six seperate DVD's. And as another poster stated, you can ditch a lot of stuff, or compact certain things to shorten it up. Like he/she said, riding on the train thinking to himself...unless it's going to be narrated (which may be a neccessity), most of Justin's thoughts will have to come through the actors face and eyes. Which, in and of itself, will ditch a lot of 'written' material as he spends a lot of time, in the story, thinking to himself, wandering around the lot, etc.

At any rate...I would dearly LOVE to see this come to life. If nothing else, I'd love to own a hard cover copy of the book(s) once finished. So if there is anything I can do, just let me know.

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  • My 2 cents -- LALA, Tue April 07, 2009 01:36:15
  • Nah, it's ok. You've got a point... -- Comicality, Wed April 08, 2009 05:04:55

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