I am about to start the next project for my online filmschool. My next project (that I have been putting off …well, for months now due to time constraints) is to produce a short film. I have a script ready to roll. The budget is all set. (That was easy because I don’t have anything to spend on it, so it is $0!)
Brief Synopsis of project:
“Old Habits” (Title subject to change)
Stephen Nolan an ex military sharpshooter/sniper is now a civilian with a wife and a daughter. He receives a cell phone by courier. It rings when he opens the package and he is told his wife and his daughter have been taken hostage. He is told he has to shoot Edgar Marks, the founder and CEO of Computer Software Systems. The unknown voice says unless he complies, the wife and daughter will be killed. Nolan is instructed when and where to go. He arrives and receives another call.
Nolan then contacts Calvin Adams, an ex army buddy and computer expert. The calls are traced. Who is calling and why are discovered. Nolan then gets the jump on William Crane, the unknown voice. At the time of Edgar Marks arrival (and when Nolan is supposed to kill him) Nolan is in position to take William Crane out and rescue his family.
Film will 10-12 minutes in length.
I am writing to all of you to ask for help. Does anyone want to be involved in making a movie?
There are several roles (acting) that I need filled. The lead role of Stephen Nolan has already been filled by my brother and partner in crime. There is another larger male role (the acting part is bigger..not the male) of William Crane that needs to be filled. That role is, for the majority of the film, a voice over a cell phone. There is a scene at the end when we finally see him so there are a few minutes of on screen time. The wife and daughter of the lead character also need to be filled (although, I am hoping that Luanne and Krisha can do those!) There are also 2 minor characters, both male, that are needed (One is the head of a major corporation and the other is his driver/bodyguard). Both of those are onscreen very briefly, and they have no spoken lines. And finally, the part of an ex-military buddy of the lead who is a computer expert that has a brief, few line appearance. I envisioned this to be a male role as well, but we live in an enlightened Jtime and it could be a female part if needed.
I need help “behind the camera”, with setting up lighting and monitoring those lights (They get hot!). I will need a boom operator (the guy holding the microphone on a boom pole). If I can get a hold of a digital recorder then I may need someone to be in charge of all audio recording. I am trying to be more organized with this shoot, so I will need someone to help me log takes with time code info and take number (kind of like the clapper guy from days of yore).
I believe I have almost everything I need as far as props. (Read further down about how God just rocks! The story of the gun and the idea…) The only prop I can think of that I need is a big one. I was hoping to get a Limo for the scene of the Corporate guy getting dropped off in front of a building, but a super cool car will do. IF all else fails we will use our Milan. As nice as I think our car is, it isn’t a super rich guys car, but It will do in a pinch.
Which leads me to “wardrobe”. The rich guy and his body guard/driver are the only ones that need a “special’ wardrobe, which is just a suit. Whoever plays the rich corporate guy and his body guard will have to wear a suit. Hopefully they will already own one. If not, we will figure something out.
Now on to the cool story of the idea and the gun. I got the idea for this story one day while at work. As I was tossing the idea around my head, I kept going back to “Where in the world was I going to get a gun that looks like a sniper rifle?!” (Keep in mind, the idea for this story is all in my head. I have not written anything down, and I have not told a soul about it.) A couple of hours later in that same day, my brother Stephen calls me to tell me there is a guy at work that has this cool air-soft (a super realistic looking BB gun) rifle …with a scope, that he wants to sell and Stephen is going to buy it! Now tell me that God doesn’t rock! (ed. note- I understand the idea of God and guns is a little strange…”why would God give you a gun!!?!”….but I think God just does really cool stuff sometimes to show us he is God and we are not. So God giving us a “BB gun” for a prop really isnt all that strange to me. I don’t think God would supply me with firearms for anything nefarious….)
Yes….that is only a BB/pellet gun.
Let me know if any of you are interested in helping out. It is actually pretty fun. It is a bit time consuming though. When I have an idea of how many people want to be involved, we will work out the times. I imagine it might take a few days ( a few hours at a time ) to complete , so if you want to help but maybe only one day or whatever, any help would be awesome.