Film Courage: Your producer on FAITH [Eli’s latest feature film] has been with you for how long?
Long Beach City College Film Professor/Filmmaker, Elias Daughdrill:Seven years…going on eight.
Film Courage: Is this normal for a producer to stay? That’s pretty committed.
Elias: Yes. I think for the life of a producer it’s different than being a director in that you’ve got to have so many balls in the air. They can have 15 projects all in various states and only a couple of them are going to go.
I think the first couple of years is just about rewriting it and trying to get some awareness for the script. And then from that, trying to find cast and raise money but that’s a couple year process.
It’s funny, I just saw Brian [Brian Geraghty] a couple of months ago for ADR and he was talking about another small project he was trying to do but he was like Ah? Four years. It will take four years to get all the money together. There’s just not that much money…I’m going to be a downer…there’s just not that much money out in the independent film space…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
ELIAS DAUGHDRILL, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR – FILM LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE.
Eli Daughdrill teaches courses in both film production and film studies. He is a working filmmaker; his documentary Jonas, which details his brother’s struggles with schizophrenia, is available via Amazon. He has written and directed several short films (including Professor, Cosmetics, and Open My Eyes) and is currently in production on his feature film, Faith. Professor Daughdrill earned an MFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and a BA in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State University. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and their two sons.
WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY JONAS ON AMAZON:
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