2012 is knocking on the door for Slice of Americana Films. As independent producer and screenwriter it’s hard not to think about future projects. In 2011 I learned a creative lesson. At this point in time it doesn’t look like I’m mentally ready to adapt a screenplay into a fiction novel.
My heart just wasn’t into it as much as it needed to be in 2011. Filmmaking is my wife and novel writing was going to be my mistress, but I couldn’t cheat yet. I shelved the idea of finishing a novel to focus on Slice of Americana Films.
We wrapped a co-production to end 2011 with a bang. Psoro is a dark mental horror movie that is collaboration between U.K. based LiarDice Films, Graphic Delusions and U.S. based Slice of Americana Films. We’re glad to be in post-production because it means we finished shooting a movie as a team.
I’m really excited about we were able to film on an indie in-house movie budget that stretched from the U.K. to Albania and the U.S. Film distribution is getting even more competitive because so many different platforms are available to connect with movie viewers.
Psoro is relying on social media to spread the word that this is a movie for viewers that enjoy dark mental horror and real FX that pay homage to 80s and 90s films in the same genre. With Psoro in full swing from shooting, post-production and marketing I put the novel I planned on writing on the back burner.
Fellow filmmakers know how time consuming post-production and film marketing is. Psoro director Wayne Daniells is leading the way on editing. Visual FX artist Paul While, U.K. DOP Adam Mann, Tim “Timbo” Beachum and me are pitching in on post where we can help.
As the lead screenwriter on Psoro director Wayne Daniells and I spend lots of time on Skype going over post-production together. I’ve been through the grind of taking a movie from post-production to movie distribution, so it works out good for both of us.
We share detailed notes to hash out the best film cut possible with what we’ve shot. Too many chiefs in the kitchen can ruin the film soup, so all of us know our roles. Psoro is Wayne’s film baby, but we’re raising it like a film tribe pulling together when needed.
That’s the cool part about indie cinema. People are not driven by ego or greed yet. People are making movies because they want to entertain people with their creative visions. Studio produced movies are very rigid like a Roman army was. Clear order and set rules to play by.
In indie cinema the production assistant can freely talk to an actor or director and end up being the editor. I’ve read stories online where A-List actors don’t even want a production assistant to look or speak to them. That’s insanity of ego.
I realize when you make it in the entertainment business that it has to be crazy with paparazzi and fans on you all the time. I don’t blame famous actors when they finally snap in public. What I don’t get is the us and them or above-the-line and below-the-line mentality that happens on movie sets. I’m more amazed when it happens on an indie film set.
I’ll save that topic for another post. With Psoro we haven’t had any of that. We’re a group of indie filmmakers that decided to pull together money and creative sweat equity to make a movie that we hope is a badass watch for viewers.
This is the most all over Slice of Americana Films blog post I’ve written. I lost my train of thought thinking about what projects besides Psoro we have to get shot and released in 2012 to stay active. This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing FADE OUT