Is This Thing On?

Well, the response to my last post was slightly more anemic than I hoped it would be. According to the last tally, I believe four people downloaded the script pages I posted. Not exactly building the momentum I was looking for. Here's the thing about this project - it isn't just for fun. Or I guess it might be entirely for fun, depending on how you look at it. The point is that it's not something I'm just going to write and forget about. I'm going to produce it.

I don't know if you know my friend Charles, and you should if you don't, but he's my co-producer. He believes in the project just as much as I do, and we need you to believe in us.

Why do we want to do this? Because we don't want to buy into the lie that our art depends on our location anymore. Movies get made outside of Hollywood. Movies get made by a few reckless 20-somethings who need to do something to escape the monotony of their day jobs.

Do you see how real life ties into the film? It's not hidden.

The problem is that we can't do it without your help. I can write a whole script and have the project stall because no one's willing to help us. That'd be the greatest tragedy of all, I think. To know that something this great (and my script will be great) would never get made because a few people aren't willing to follow a link and send it onto their friends.

Here's the thing about social networking - I have 230 followers on Twitter and 720 friends on Facebook. Four people read the pages I posted. Four.

Maybe this isn't a project we should be pursuing. Without the support of our friends, family, and anyone we can stop on the street, we'll likely fail.

So tell me, will you help us?

Update (1:25pm): Well, the initial reaction to this post hasn't been at all what I thought it would be. I was looking for yeas or nays, and it didn't quite pan out that way, so I thought I'd jump in with a few more thoughts.

First, the movie. It's called Indy Film because it's an independent film being made in Indiana. I'm not ashamed to admit there's a pun there. If you don't get it, I won't bother explaining it to you. And I posted the story idea last Saturday, but maybe it didn't stand out enough, so here's the logline.

Indy Film - Two small-town filmmakers struggle to make a feature length film in their Indiana backyards, only to find themselves facing an embittered Hollywood executive who wants the film, and their lives, shut down for good.

At the generous advice of Mike Shields, I'll also repost the first page and a half of the film. It's not a lot to go on, but it gives you just a taste of what's in store. Download them here.

As for what you can do now? Nothing at all. To be honest, I was looking for some encouraging words to help move me through the process of writing over 100 pages. I'm not ashamed to admit I need outside forces sometimes.

So maybe I shouldn't have put this up. I just thought if interest could be raised in the early stages, I wouldn't have to wait half a year to get a few dollars to try to shoot the thing. People are more apt to be involved in a project they've known about for a while than something they just discover one day.

I don't want this project to be about what I can do and what I can accomplish. That's why this post exists in the first place. To say that it's a group effort. That I'll need every encouraging word and helping hand I can get. That I can't do this alone.

So forgive me for going about this wrong, internet. This only proves the point that us Midwest folk don't know the proper way to do these kinds of things.

But hey, if we do it anyway, now that'll be a story worth telling.