My good friend is a professional filmmaker. He primarily does promotional type stuff, events coverage, short documentaries, etc.
We have been talking about a potential project to film the life on a family farm, through the perspective and experience of young children. No grownups waxing eloquently on companion planting, everything would be filmed and explained by small children who live and participate in the life of the farm. Seems like a charming concept, especially for the many urban folks who are mystified and fascinated by family farms, but do not get the opportunity to participate directly.
So we have a nice farm with kids, a professional filmmaker, and an interesting narrative. The thing is, neither of us understand anything about how to produce a narrative film. Neither of us can afford to just fund the project ourselves and hope to sell it somehow, to somebody, sometime. I am a farmer and he is a filmmaker, neither of us are businessmen, producers, or film distributors. We figure that we would need a budget of around $9k to complete the film. We would need to raise this capital before we could realistically proceed with the project, which we would like to shoot during this summer's growing season.
Does anybody have any experience with the world of filmmaking, from the business side. It seems like we need an Executive Producer? Or some sort of collaborative production? Does a project like this seem like it would have a broad enough appeal to make sense? We are both country boys, not 'networked' with a ton of people who would crowd-fund something like this. Any ideas on how to make a project like this a reality would be much appreciated.
Miles Flansburg wrote:I think that is a cool idea. Tell me more about the narrative !
The basic narrative is that the kids are running the farm. The exact reason why there are no adults around is left as a mystery to the viewer. But the idea is that the filmmaker would follow around these young kids, watching them manage the farm, and inquiring about what is going on. The idea is to give the impression that these farm kids' parents somehow disappeared, yet the kids stay behind on the farm and run it like it was their own. The kids are 5, 7, and 8. They live on the farm and genuinely understand most all of how it is run, so the film will be like a fictional documentary.
As long as the film contains a good amount of practical farming knowledge, I might consider becoming a distributor of your film on my permaculture/farming online learning website: http://organiclifeguru.com