The Land is a suspense drama about two youths who share the American dream but not the resources to achieve it; Their divergent paths lead back through the Pine Curtain of their native East Texas which hides a truth that will change their lives forever.
The story is about justice and fate which pit luck and opportunity against harsh reality. An unplanned reunion sheds light on the fork in the road of two young men for whom the world is anything but just.
These days most films are shot using new digital cinema formats. Presented in rare form, The Land, shot on 16mm film using authentic cinemascope glass has a unique look and feel. Conceived in the modern era, it was produced using 20th century, conventional methods which lends an extra element of authenticity to the story’s industrial era problem. The production phase is done and the picture has been edited.
Thus far, half of the budget funds have been raised through In-kind donations from the University of Texas RTF department, donated labor from the Austin film tribe and family donations. The other half, through my own personal credit cards in amounts that total over $20,000. This used to be the only way to get an independent film made. It’s high risk because it puts all the financial burden on a single person. Crowd sourcing solves this problem because it diversifies risk while offering fans unique opportunities and rewards that only these most ardent supporters will ever get! It also offers skilled professionals of varied talents an opportunity to support fellow artists and build a support network. For fan type supporters, the unique industrial methods used in this production will give us the opportunity to offer some unique rewards! This new funding tool combined with developments in digital video technology and D.I.Y. distribution has allowed for a resurgence in independent filmmaking. It takes a lot of work building a community but direct contact with movie lovers is a privilege that didn’t exist ten short years ago. Aside from my directorial debut, this film is also my test bed for crowd building, marketing & distribution and the results will be carried forward throughout my filmmaking career. Thanks for the support you’ve already given by requesting this newsletter. As I build my career, there will be opportunities for giving feedback along the way and I value your opinion and believe hearing directly from as many friends and fans as possible will make me a better storyteller.
The film negative has been cut to match the 16mm work print and the sound editing is finished. As the sound team of myself, Joe Mendoza, and Isaac Pena finish up with the Dialogue mix, the FX mix, and the score, the production team (Me, Myself and I) is also working on marketing and distribution, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding to raise the finishing funds. See the “Project Updates” link at the top for more information on progress.
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