Hey all! It’s been a while since we’ve shared just a good old update on our film’s progress, so I thought I’d hop in and say hi. If you remember, we’re making an indie film about Lashonda and Sung-min, a #blasian couple who become fed up with marriage, try to cheat on each other, and end up having an affair with each other online. We’re really excited about diverse representation in film: bringing you a handsome Asian male lead and a beautiful, body-realistic female protag! So what are we doing to make this happen?
Since our last update, we have:
- Grown our twitter following by something between 200 and 300 percent (that’s gaining between 200 and 400 followers a month!)
- Received valuable feedback from the Wildsound Film Festival about how to make our script even better than it was
- Promoted our film and collected e-mail addresses at the Wizard World Austin Comiccon of 2016
- Submitted our budget (right now, looking at $14,374) to the Tribeca Film Initiative’s All Access Grant
- Had two well-received interviews with online blogs and publications (You’ll find one of them ALL OVER THE INTERWEBS if you google “Samantha Mauney Interview”–go ahead, do it!)
- Networked and learned from a number of online film groups like this one
- Added a fantastic new resource list for filmmakers to our website (you can get it by scrolling down and subscribing below!)
- Received some lovely freebies by CMWorld, like 1,000 free words of translation from inwhatlanguage.com, and free content creation help from Scripted.com
- Entered into partnership with Nigerian romance author Ray Anyasi, whose work we’ll soon be sharing with you on this site (GET PUMPED!)
If you remember from our last update, Sam’s already begun feeling out actors, sound designers, storyboarding, and location scouting in Ohio, using some of her awesome experience on all the big film sets she’s been frequenting lately. For the future, we’ve also made this timeline, which I wanted to share with you guys to kind of maintain the transparency of this process. I want you guys to be a part of this film, and to really know what’s going on behind the scenes. I can’t WAIT to share our stills with you, and let you in on production, but for now, this is how you can peek into the development of our little film.
Without further ado,
- November 2016: Apply to the Carnesi Diversity Film Festival. Continue deals with romance writers and musicians to promote out on the e-mail list (contact us if that’s something you’re into!).
- December 2016: Apply for Panavision Grant. Secure another media interview for producer Samantha Mauney Aiken. Film crowdfunding video and podcast recordings. Hold another table read.
- February 2017: Eligible for Project Wonderful advertising. Reach twitter following goal of 1,400 followers. Finalize list of small presses, podcasts, and social media accounts to contact with press releases for the crowdfunding campaign.
- March 2017: Finalize product deals and sponsorships with local breweries, autoshop, and comic book artists. Deals need not be monetary, and will most likely be for free promotion/advertising. Finalize/formalize male lead talent attachment to the script. Contact the podcasts, small presses, and social media accounts above, and secure pre-fundraising pledges via e-mail.
- April, 2017: Crowdfunding begins. Date was selected by statistical ANOVA analysis study demonstrating the most success for crowdfunding projects around this time. Considering possible deal with Cause Wallet at this time.
- Spring/Summer, 2017: Hold Ohio-based fundraising event online, using our contacts with the local and state film organizations. Possibly hold Ohio-based fundraising event in person.
- August, 2017: Apply to Big Vision Empty Wallet’s Kickstart Diversity.
- Fall 2017: Finalize all casting.
- Winter 2017: Schedule and purchase locations.
- Summer 2018, 18 days: Shoot film.
- Fall 2018: Post-production editing and sound. Work with independent K-pop artists for soundtrack.
- Winter/Spring 2019: Release in select Ohio independent theaters using Tugg.com. Also distribute through Seed&Spark’s Greenlight program for online distribution to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. DVD release through Createspace.com to Amazon. Release through Tribeca’s community screening, youth screening, and food/film programs. Submit to Ohio film festivals, Tribeca Film Festival, and Asian film community festivals.
- Summer 2019: Begin discussion of next project.
So that’s kind of a rough idea of where we are and where we’re going, for those of you interested in the nitty gritty in the back of our heads. We’re really excited about any and all advice from you, and we’re hoping you’ll help us out by telling your friends about this project! We think it’s incredibly important to get diverse leads into romance, and we also really care about this whole #affairWITH your spouse business. We’ve got something important (and funny) to say about marriage, and we’re hoping to say it with voices that don’t get heard.