Into the Machine

Ten minutes ago, I walked out the shipping/receiving door of the legendary CHUM Building on Queen Street West. I submitted my application to the short film I’ve been working on these past few weeks. I am now sitting at the bar across the street, reflecting on the whole experience.

I think I am most struck by how well it all came together – how easy it was. All it took was a good script. Industry folk are drawn to a good script. Throw in a few long term relationships, and we have a complete team.

Now, I realize good scripts aren’t exactly ‘easy’. I am merely describing how well the process goes, once you plug that ‘good script’ into the machine. BravoFACT short films are well known in Toronto, and are a respected as a mechanism to practice one’s craft and move on to bigger and better things.

My casting session last week was one of the most satisfying experiences of my career. Alan got us into the DGC boardroom. I worked with a casting director who’s name I got through one of Alan’s contacts. She knew neither of us, but she liked the script a lot. The agents she sent it to also saw great potential in it for their clients. A few of the actors who came in, commented on how much fun it was to work on. Of course, they could simply have been sucking up, but the quality and experience of the actors who came in, were beyond my expectations.

Natalie Krill is my lead. Jefferson Brown plays opposite and Matt Bois rounds out the cast. All have been guest stars on major television productions. Hearing my words come out their mouths was amazing. They did things with ‘em that were completely unexpected at times.

I am excited for what the future brings. Start with a good idea, write something, then put it in the machine. I’ve got a few ideas like that.

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