Well, this is the inaugural post of Fredo Productions. Basically, this is gonna be a rundown of the current project and the short term and long term goals I have for it.
The current project is untitled, but the basic idea is this: small (1-5 minute) clips of driving experiences. The original idea was just road trips, and what happens on them, including cool stuff like walky talkies and chinese fire drills, up to conversations that people have, and just plain driving experiences that I feel most people have had and can relate to and just feel beautiful to me.
The next idea, which Mo had, was to give them all a theme. Originally, it was just going to be a hash of different clips that could all be taken by themselves, but Mo thought it would be cool if the episodes all represented some stage of life, or experiences people have. Thinking about it, I think it's a great idea. We need to have the other stuff, but this will tie everything together, and hopefully give the movie more of a message or something, I guess. I'm for giving it a try, anyway.
But I had another idea, which would take the film in a different direction. Instead of the clips being random, or representative of people's lives, the movie would actually be about the car. It would be shot in the same style, and lots of the same stuff would happen, but the focal point would be the car itself, being bought, going through various owners, and eventually being junked possibly, or something like that.
Personally, I like Mo's idea the most, but it's hard to let go of the one I had, 'cus I think it would make a good movie too. It would be possible to kinda put the ideas together, I think, but I'm afraid it would get too heavy-handed, or too obvious and blunt, because if I did that, then I think the owners would actually be the age they were trying to represent - they wouldn't really be symbols anymore, except of anything but themselves.
Or maybe we could flip flop it a little bit - like maybe the young kid takes really good care of it and the old guy is really reckless, but I can't think of a good reason except that it's less obvious.
So...this is where you guys come in...what do you think about the ideas? Do you have some of your own? Just let me know.
Oh yeah, goals. Ok, I'm gonna make a list of the general goals real quick.
1) Decide what exactly the movie is going to be about.
2) Discuss ideas for scenes and decide on which ones we're gonna use.
3) Write treatments for the different scenes - hopefully different people for each scene, but whatever.
4) Decide on a title.
5) Scout locations and figure out lighting and other technical stuff that we really have no idea how to do, whooo!
6) Shoot the actual scenes.
7) Write music for the movie (Clearing music is a little more than I think I can handle or afford at this point. Maybe I'll talk to some local bands like Snowglobe or other people on the makeshift label, but I dunno at this point if that's a realistic idea. And at any rate, I don't think I want to ask them until I can show them exactly what their music would be a part of.)
8) Edit the movie.
9) SCREENING PARTY! Booyah!
10) Send the movie to Movies Askew's monthly online shorts festival and hope it's picked to be included in their compilation DVD.
Oh yeah, number 10's what really inspired me to get on this. Kevin Smith is doing this thing where amateur filmmakers are having their movies made and voted on and possibly picked up by Miramax. For some reason, I think I have a chance. I dunno, either way, I'm really excited. And even if we don't win, I've been wanting to do this for over a year now, at least. Also, that's why the movie is going to have to be less than 30 minutes long - otherwise, it'll be disqualified.
So this is it. I'm really excited, I hope you guys are too. After we finish this project, we can go on to some of the other one's we've discussed...like, I guess I kinda feel like the boss at this point, but I really don't wanna be, I wanna work on EVERYONE's movie. But hehe, yeah, right now, I mostly wanna do mine. But I promise I'll help anyone that wants to do one after we get finished with this one. Or maybe during, but that could get confusing.
Ohhhh man. Who knows...this could be the start of something really big.