Yesterday I attended the first public showing of a doco I’ve been working on for the last five years, editing and producing. It’s the story of a play about NZ poet James K Baxter, and the group of people who defied the odds to take the play around New Zealand and to the Edinburgh festival.
Archive for March, 2009
Ahh, Dunedin… it’s not the city of my youth actually, but that’s a James K Baxter poem and I couldn’t resist the title. I love Dunedin. It’s a city of only 120,000 people, and yet there’s so much going on in the creative sector – more so than in much bigger cities.
Yesterday I did one of those very difficult tasks – trawling my networks for potential investors. Like most people, I hate mixing friendship with money. But where else to start raising NZ$500k for this end of our equity investment?
Yesterday I sent out the scene numbered and locked script for preparing budgets and schedules. There’s still a bit of work going on between director Gillies and me, which will involve a few tweaks further down the track. But this is a major step along the way.
The most difficult part of getting a feature film up is of course raising the finance. Making a movie is, unfortunately, a very expensive business. Currently the market is as tight as the proverbial, with some of the studios having taken big hits, and distributors about as risk-averse as it’s possible to get.