Because “At the End of the Tunnel” is a micro-budget film, we believe we can raise the money on our own through private investors and crowdfunding.
That means getting all of our ducks in a row, meaning “looking somewhat professional”, before we go out asking for cold hard cash.
How do we do this? How do we seem like a good investment? For us this involves getting artwork in order, a poster, a pitch trailer, a lookbook, a budget, schedule, preliminary locations, identifying blogs and websites we can appear on and contact, trying to make some contact with distributors, and getting some of our cast in order.
The first thing I’ll talk about is the artwork, just because it’s always such a fun process to see what the artist comes up with.
Our film is a horror/dark comedy. Because of the religious themes like the near death experience, Felix seeing Heaven, Felix being a born again Christian, Felix’s Christian memoir, we want to clearly lay our cards on the table in terms of “tone” so we do not mislead people who might think the film is something different than what it is.
We’re not an “anti-religion” film, but we are not a family friendly religious film. We definitely have a few things that someone of a strict religious nature might find a bit offensive, so that’s why we wanted to get our artwork started early.
Felix is writing a memoir based off of his near death experience, and his preacher/literary manager feels the memoir would be bolstered with some artwork. One of the moments The Preacher would like to illustrate is Felix’s suicide attempt.
Suicide attempts are not funny, but being cradled by Jesus dressed in a doctor’s outfit sort of makes me chuckle. (Again, laying our cards on the table here).
I actually was on Fiverr one day and spotted an artist who I thought could do a nice job. His Fiverr name, Calum_mcghee, and his gig title, “I will draw whatever your heart desires”. How can you beat that???
So I contacted Calum_Mcghee and I sent him this mock up:
I’m quite the artist, right?
And he sent me back this:
Which I have to admit is a little better than mine. Let’s really rub it in now…
And after that, a beautiful collaboration began, which I’ll be sharing more of tomorrow.
If you’re interested in hiring Calum_McGhee, you can find his Fiverr profile here: https://www.fiverr.com/calum_mcghee