My horror movie intake has started to flagging only 242 films into this extended marathon.  And with less than 60 to go before I hit the big 3-0-0!  To be fair, I have been distracted by development work and trying to get this high concept, low budget horror movie off the ground, but I’m going to try to make a concerted effort to see things through.  I don’t want to end up being known as the guy who gave up!

Almost finished a first draft of my murder mystery pilot.  I feel as though I haven’t quite stuck the landing, so I am going to get a criminal mind to vet the script – specifically my buddy Ivon who is the king of true crime podcasts and documentaries.  After inputting his inspired feedback, the script will be off to select readers.  Rebecca, you’re on the list!

The preliminary budget on the high-concept, low-budget horror film wasn’t quite as low-budget as I had hoped.  The preliminary budget came in about 20% higher than I had hoped.  A second pass brought that number down, but I don’t want to compromise the quality of the project, so I’ve started to investigate other options including the possibility of shooting in Bulgaria,  I was dubious at first but after doing some research into the studio, and speaking to a friend and colleague who has been working there for quite some time, I now find the prospect very promising.  Their team has the script and preliminary shooting schedule and will generate their own budget sometime next week.  Also, sometime next week, I’ll be sitting down to game plan with by co-exec producer, director, line producer, production manager, and investor liaison.  I’d really like to lock down this business plan for the investors by end of month, but need to feel confident about the budget, the tax credits on the Canadian side, and the marketing plan.  Ideally, would love to secure some interest from a distributor by then as well.  Also, need to get some clarity on the music licensing which will be a huge part of this film.

Today’s Yes/No…

5 thoughts on “June 1, 2023: Project Update!

  1. Finally visited Vancouver after reading your blog for 10+ years. Wow Beta5 chocolate and cream puffs, chocolatass too. Best carrot cake at Cadeaux bakery. Loved the pasta at Antons Pasta bar. The other places were a little iffy (Fable included). Found some lovely sushi places too. Beautiful city.

  2. It’s exciting to hear that you have some solid projects in the works. I’m sure that it would feel great to finally be back in a studio shooting again.

    Regarding studio and production budgets, Tennessee, Georgia, the Carolinas, and the Virginia’s have good incentives and experienced production crews in place, unless you have a complete aversion to shooting the U.S.

  3. I know you don’t like mint chocolate, so I’ll take it off your hands. 😇

    That’s a lot of work you’ve been doing!

    We watched a movie filmed in Bulgaria. I know because the landscapes were so interesting that we had to look up where it was filmed. What are the politics like there?

    My hubby found this very disturbing AI article we thought you might find of interest: “Nothing to see here.”

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