The idea to make a feature film on a shoestring budget came to us a few years ago, when I was already two years into my search for investors for my $5M project called Kidnap the Princess. Jeremy Weissman, Charlie Hewson and I were living together at 465 13th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and were inspired by the neighborhood around us, especially during the summer. For me, having grown up in L.A., Park Slope epitomized that "neighborhood feel," as Charlie, Jeremy and I became friendly with many neighbors, store clerks, and waitresses who saw us every day.
Making a movie about this rich area served a double purpose. First, there were a hundred things from which to draw and inform our movie; fascinating scenarios, settings and people were abundant. The second benefit is that we knew the streets, as it were. This meant that shooting would be easier as we procured locations and recruited local faces to appear in the film. Containing the movie in Park Slope meant limiting the number of locations, and their proximity to one another assured smoother company moves-all boons for filmmaking on a budget.
What has taken so long to get to this point is not the laboring over a script, nor the fact that I moved back to L.A. a year and a half ago. For me, it was $5M that has been dangled in front of my face over and over again by potential investors for Kidnap the Princess, an amount that would mean an instant rocket boost onto "the map." As phony investors and bad deals came and went, I fell into a perpetual cycle of finding part-time jobs that would allow me to pay rent and go to meetings, talk to lawyers, and get investment packets together at the drop of a hat. I managed to stay away from Top Ramen, but I did scrape my knee on the poverty line. The last deal that fell through this March with a top Hollywood producer was the proverbial last straw.
The past five years have been emotionally draining on my self-confidence as a filmmaker and on my general development into becoming the person I want to be. Filmmaking is so tied into who I am and how I perceive myself, that not making films has been, let's just say, hard. I don't mean to depress you, only to help you see why making this film means so much to me, and why it has to be filmed right now.
One other reason for the film's urgency is that our house on 13th Street, the brownstone that we shared as friends and that Charlie has now lived in for five years, is being sold by its owners. The next two months will be our last chance to use it for filming, as we had always planned. It is now or never for this film.
I have infused this movie with all that I love about Park Slope, and the story of romance and friendship that comes with it is derived from that deformed funny bone lodged in my heart. I hope you'll decide the DVD is worth your $25 and that you might help push this film over the edge by donating more.
All money raised will go into making the film. If we raise in excess of $25,000, the extra funds will go to covering production overages, and post production costs, which I will try to keep under $5,000. Thanks for reading and thanks even more for caring.