Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Shameless Self-Promotion and Some Cyber-Begging

Last year about this time I had just finished taking an evening screenwriting class at Emory University.  Over the years I had taken some writing classes, figuring I had a screenplay or novel in me somewhere.  Needless to say, I had several pages here, several pages there, but no finished product.  So I really loved the fact that our instructor, Michael Lucker, forced us to finish a short 15-page script.  I had a story idea rolling around in my head for a while and so I welcomed the challenge and was really happy to have a finished product in my hot little hands.  A month or so later, on a lark, I decided to enter a pitch contest sponsored by the Atlanta Film Festival.  Along with five other people, I pitched my movie idea in 3 minutes before a live audience.  And I won!  I took that as a sign that I needed to be more proactive in realizing my movie dreams.  So when I met actor/filmmaker Daniel DiPiazza and he told me about his short film project Blossoms for Clara and asked me to scout some  Atlanta locations for him I said yes.  Then when he asked me to be a co-Executive Producer on the project, I was flattered and said YES!  I've never produced a film before and as a lawyer I fit neatly in that category of being risk-averse. But the more I network with others in the arts and entertainment business, the more I have come to the realization  that you have to make your own opportunities.  It's not enough to write a screenplay and wait to be "discovered."  With technology being more accessible for making films and funding films, would-be filmmakers can green light their own projects.  So now you have the self-promotion part, here comes the cyber-begging.  Daniel and I are now trying to raise $5,000 for our film and so I am asking all my blog readers and friends known and unknown in cyberspace to help fund our project at http://www.indiegogo.com/Blossoms-for-Clara .  For as little as $10, you can help us make our project come to life.  If you enjoy this blog and love independent film, I would greatly appreciate your contribution and support.  Thank you.

Diana aka ATL Flick Chick

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