Film Courage: How is everything working against the protagonist in AMAZING CHASE?
Chris: Chase has everything working working against him. The story is a common one with urban youth today, growing up in a broken home, lack of education, not having financial support, dealing with police injustices along with fighting the criminal element in the neighborhood. Chase somehow knows he does not fit in the dangerous world he has grown up in and may have to turn his back on the people he loves to survive.
Film Courage: What is Slated.com? How did you post AMAZING CHASE on the site?
Chris: Slated is a website where filmmakers, investors and industry professionals come together. Filmmakers like myself can connect with investors and share information about our project to get funding.
Film Courage: Can people invest in your film, AMAZING CHASE? How?
Film Courage: What does it entail to be an investor on someone’s film via Slated? Have you invested in another film?
Chris: Investors on slated can view your entire package and decide if your project is something they want to be involved with. On slated investors can see what you have to offer like genre, story, artwork, name actors, director, producers and all crew, you also can should them financial information you already have like your budget and any sales projections you may have. I personally have invested in two projects and were successfully completed.
Film Courage: What makes you want to invest in another filmmaker’s project?
Chris: I just feel like there are so many great projects that are having trouble getting made because of lack of funding. The funding stage in my opinion is the toughest hurdle for independent filmmakers and as artist if we do not support each other at this level we can’t expect the industry big wigs to listen when we come calling.
Film Courage: Have you shot AMAZING CHASE?
Chris: No, we are still in the funding stage of pre-production.
Film Courage: For your new movie AMAZING CHASE, did you come up with a film budget first (based on your resources available) before coming up with idea? Or was it the other way around of having the idea first?
Chris: I had the idea first and later budgeted everything out. As a writer I really don’t like thinking about the financial limitations of a budget, it almost feels like you are handcuffing your creative ideas. After the script is finished I can start to think about my resources and cut down the things I can’t afford to do.
Film Courage: What do you envision for the budget?
Chris: We have budgeted AMAZING CHASE out to 250k. Every part of pre-production, production and post production is measured out to have a good idea about what we need.
Film Courage: How long did it take you to write the first draft? What about rewrites?
Chris: It took me five months to write the first draft which is very long but I took my time and didn’t put any stressful deadlines on myself. After the first draft was done is when things got difficult. I found wholes in the story that needed to be filled along with some parts of the story that needed to be cut. When it was all said and done I had rewrote the script five times.
Film Courage: How many people did you share the script with during the writing process?
Chris: I am very private with my scripts until I feel it is done. I know its a good idea to share your script with others to get feedback but I don’t like for anyone to read my scripts until I feel it is perfect and then of course its never perfect.
Film Courage: How long have you been planning the film? What went into the pre-planning?
Chris: I’ve always wanted to write a feature length script but instead of writing about things I had no experience with and spending months researching people, professions and technical details I decided to write from personal experience. I began with an outline of different events that happened in my childhood and built the story from that solid base. From the start of the outline to the end of the first draft took six months. There was a long period of time between the first, second and third drafts that I did not write anything for months. I don’t believe in final drafts because everything can change until you actually shoot the scene so I would say the time between the first draft and the fifth draft was three years. After I felt the script was solid enough to move into pre-production things started to happen faster, dealing with producers, calculating the budget, locations and finding funding which is where we are now.
Film Courage: Have you cast all of your actors? Will they be local actors or will you be casting from other states?
Chris: We have not cast all the roles but most of the talent will be from New York.
Film Courage: Once finished, are you also submitting it to festivals? Are there any other plans for distribution?
Chris: Yes, we do plan to submit to festivals and seek distribution worldwide. Do you have any connections?
Film Courage: What do you want audiences to gain from watching AMAZING CHASE?
Chris: I want to audience to feel the struggle of some youth who grow up in communities that are plagued by crime and inadequate education. I want the audience to relate in a real way to the characters strengths and weaknesses.