Over the last 4.5 years I’ve been immersed with the creative group Athentikos and the two documentaries I’ve helped shoot and produce. It’s been a very rewarding, heartbreaking and joyous experience. One I hope to continue for years (given I’m the VP of the organization, its probably a safe bet!).
In that time I’ve only been involved on two 48 hour shorts (one of them winning the Nashville region) and an independent trilogy, working with writer director Motke Dapp. It’s been over two years since I was the DP on that project. I enjoy working on short films as it’s an opportunity to spread your wings creatively without killing yourself trying to produce a feature film on no budget. So when my fellow editor in crime during my stint at Dave Ramsey’s organization David Wilkinson came to me over a year ago with a story idea, my ears were lit.
David told me the story of a guy who attempts to find community in some very unorthodox ways, I was immediately
Intrigued. We dove in!
After tweaking the screenplay for a couple of months last year David and I felt like we had a solid story to tell. ‘Fruitcake’ was born. We spent another couple of months looking for a core team to help us accomplish this crazy task of producing and logistically making it happen… and, of course, on no budget. I’ll go into details about how we’re doing that in a later post. But needless to say its definitely moving forward. We have a near complete crew and a full cast. David is directing and lead editor, I’ll be the Cinematographer on set as well as colorist in post. Both of us are splitting the Producer duties.
Because we are producing this film on no budget, we decided to break up the production and shoot enough of the film to out a trailer together, use it to do a finding campaign and then complete the film, hopefully having a small budget, later in the summer. We begin phase 1 at the end of April.
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As many of you know accomplishing this kind of feat is by no means easy and having a huge support can make all the difference. I’m extreme grateful for all of the cast and crew who’ve decided to come on this adventure, the experience so far has taught me how much people love creating and how important it is to foster that desire. My hope is ‘Fruitcake’ will be a project that will inspire all of us and all who see it.
More news to follow!