Long time, no post! Sorry about that. Making movies is time-consuming!
We are deep in pre-production mode for The Disappearing Act. Table reads, photo shoots, making props, creating shots lists, and confirming locations - it's all happening. In fact, just yesterday, I confirmed the perfect location, but now this little film company needs your help.
Here's the thing: a crucial part of The Disappearing Act takes place in a hospital. The entire story is book-ended by this location. It's not the sort of thing that can be improvised or done half-assed. It needs to look and feel real. I've found a place that works, that's available, and that will allow us to shoot, but it looks like it's going to cost between $600-$750 to rent it.
As I mentioned a couple months ago, we didn't get the grant we applied for to make this film, but I decided to push through because I know in my heart of hearts that now is the time to tell this story. Making the decision to bring this film to life also meant making the decision to fund it out of my pocket.
I am a huge believer in paying people for their time, even if the rate doesn't measure up to a big budget project. It's a sign of respect: for a person's time, craft, and professionalism. So, with the exception of a couple of volunteers (one of whom is myself), everyone working on this film is getting paid. I put together a very modest budget, and I've scraped together the funds to make it happen.
A $600-$750 location was not part of that budget. And I just can't make it work on my own.
This is where you come in.
I know this has been a rough year for, well, basically everybody. Times are tight. The economy is...you know. All we have to say to each other is "the economy..." and we get it.
So instead of dollars, I'm looking for bottles.
That's right. Kissing Habit is going old school and we're having a bottle drive. We will take your empties off your hands, and in exchange, your name will end up in the The Disappearing Act's closing credits. If you donate over $75 of bottles, I'll also give you an exclusive password to view the film online when it's finished (somewhere in the December/January timeframe), before it goes public (I'll be putting it through the festival circuit before it's widely released)! Not bad, right?
If you have bottles to donate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. I will pick them up and take them to the bottle depot - you don't have to lift a finger! (Well, except for the fingers you have to lift to email me - sorry about that.) I am arranging pickups starting next Tuesday, August 16th.
EDITED TO ADD: The amazing folks at WEPhysio have agreed to let us use their business as a drop-off point for bottles, so if you want to donate and are able to pop by and leave your bottles and your name (for a thank you credit in the film!), you can do so at 11152-142 Street between 7am and 6:30pm, Monday to Friday (7am to 4:30pm on Wednesdays)!
If you're feeling philanthropic and you want to take the bottles to the depot on our behalf and donate the funds, you are amazing! It's not necessary, but you are amazing!
If you're feeling like a magical unicorn and you want to make a straight up monetary donation without any bottle business, you are so amazing that you are basically Tom Waits (if you know me at all, you know just how amazing that is).
The place to get a hold of me with any questions, comments, concerns, dollars, and/or bottles is email@example.com.
We may also throw a little party in a couple weeks. So stay tuned for more info on that.
Thank you for caring enough about my indie film company and my indie film to read this. Thank you for your bottles. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your time.
I am so grateful that making this film is a part of my life.