*Update 9/14/2017Love Scenes, LLC Accomplishes What Less Than 20% of Submissions Do...
Make it to the Second Round!
The Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is notable in Los Angeles for finding fantastic scripts, and Love Scenes, LLC has made it to the Second Round in the Comedy Pilot Competition!
I am ecstatic! I've been a storyteller for years, but this is my first pilot script ever, and to get it recognized in this esteemed contest feels wonderful!
Although we've already hit our original goal, more money tells producers interested in this concept that audiences - YOU - are craving more female centric stories, and we can offer higher wages to our crew! Every little bit helps and we are deeply thankful for your donation!
In 2007, a broke female filmmaker tricks her colleagues into shooting real sex scenes and then sells them to an online porn site. When it goes viral, the lines between friendship, fornicating, and getting filthy rich aren’t just blurred, they’re double crossed.
We Need Your Help!
We've personally invested thousands of dollars to put this pilot presentation together, and just need to raise $6,500 more to help with the remaining equipment rentals.
ASHLEY BELL (29), The Ruthless Brains - a woman who has been ‘leaning in’ and intimidating men since she was 11 years old. She's the Director of the group and she knows her shit. She puts an extraordinary amount of pressure on herself to keep this collective going and get her friends gigs.
JONAS BLACK (29), The Still Grieving Alcoholic - mending a broken heart from the end of his relationship with Theresa, the mother of his 5 year old daughter. Taylor's college ex-boyfriend. The actor in the collective who's had a few great roles in big things, but seems to be on a downhill trajectory because of his relationship woes and drinking.
TAYLOR KRAUSE (29), The Brilliant but Insecure Actress - a voluptuous size 8/10 woman who focuses on easing the pain of others before comforting her own. Jonas's college ex-girlfriend; currently with Bradley. The actress in the collective. She's won awards in student films, but never broke into anything in the 'real' Hollywood industry.
BRADLEY PATEL (29), The Silently Fuming Withholder - bespectacled and dorky. Taylor's boyfriend. The Cinematographer in the group. He's incredible, but he's just not at the age yet where he can book those high paying gigs so he's doing Assistant Camera work on crappy horror indies instead. He's got one fetish in particular he could never articulate why he likes, and he's hidden it from all his girlfriends, including Taylor.
RICHARD SANTOS (27) - Smarmy, but he shows the gang the type of life they can lead if they’re willing to leave their scruples at the door.
It’s 2007 and the whole film collective needs money, and they need money fast. When Ashley tells them they’ll all be paid to shoot a pitch presentation to show a feature film investor what her team is capable of, they’re all for it. The thing is, it’s for a film with real, not implied, sex scenes, and that’s what the investors want to see. But the money is worth it, and it could be the very thing that launches all of them. The actress in the group, and Ashley’s BFF, Taylor, is in, then out, then back in, and Taylor acquiesces to having real sex with the other actor - her college ex Jonas - while her current boyfriend, cinematographer Bradley, angrily shoots it. The following week, Ashley gets caught in her own lie and explains to her enraged friends that they didn’t shoot a presentation, they shot a porn scene, and if they do ten more scenes just like it, they could live on the residual income for years. The collective is pissed, intrigued, and caught between their moral code and the easy cash rolling in. What was once an ‘all for one’ collective is now fractured with lies, distrust, moral ambiguity, and the inflow of tons of cash for desperate people who need even more of it.
Hi! Lira Kellerman here. I want to say Thank You for reading this far, and continuing to read more.
How Did This Story Come About?
I've been obsessed with the idea of a take-charge woman seizing an opportunity to make her and her friends' lives richer, but betraying them in the process, and the unique dilemma of having to reconcile that when it's to their financial benefit. Ashley Bell truly wants what's best for her friends, and maybe, one day, they'll be able to see that.
When I sent my pilot script out to friends, they all said the same thing: "Ashley reminds me of Walter White." An anti-hero you still want to follow because even though you might not make the same choices she does, you can understand why she does.
But it's not just me and my friends who like the series concept; television industry competitions also have high praise!
From the Bluecat Screenplay Competition:
"This script hinges on a strong, intriguing premise in which a troupe of hopeful filmmakers faced with the harsh realities of making it in Hollywood turn to the porn industry. A lot of things stand out as solidly unique and fresh. The pilot feels pointedly female-driven and Ashley and Taylor make great foils for each other as driven ambitious women suffering through a male-dominated industry on both sides of the camera lens. Particularly fascinating is the notion that they are well-suited to make “feminist porn” and because you’ve deftly created them to feel like characters who are as talented as they are ambitious, there is a great sense that they’ll make something wonderful out of the moral challenge they’ve been tasked with. Added to that is the vast number of interpersonal complications between ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends and the weight of making it or breaking in the midsts of a body-conscious, hedonistic industry and you’ve got the makings of especially promising series with a lot of fascinating side stories to explore."
We just need a little bit more money to produce a pilot presentation that we can then show as a proof of concept to networks! With your help, we could have the proper pitch package that could help us get this show on the air!
We have some amazing talent, and one super secret cast member!
Video on Demand was brand new to the adult industry in 2007. There were a few costly monthly subscription services, but it was still mostly expensive DVDs. Moving porn online meant that you didn’t have to pay for DVDs, DVD cases, DVD cover stock, DVD Duplicators, shipping, or retail store fees. More money went to the adult film producers and companies, while the actors were (and are) only paid a one time fee. So when Ashley says she’ll split the money evenly with everyone, and that they’ll all collect the passive residual income, it’s hard to say no to so much money for a scene that’s already been done.
What’s especially interesting for Ashley, Taylor, Bradley, and Jonas in this time period, is that the following year, in 2008, the Writers Guild went on strike and Hollywood was at its knees, having to fill the empty spots in their schedule for scripted material with cheap to produce reality television programming that didn't require writers. Some say Hollywood still hasn’t fully recovered from this trend almost ten years later. Right when the gang is nearly out of the adult film industry, circumstances might force them to stay in.
There are countless stories to be told for each of these characters, and with your help, we can bring our presentation to networks and possibly get this show on the air.
Director FOSTER WILSON
Foster's latest project, Waffles, held its world premiere at the 2017 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto, and is the official selection for oodles of stateside film fests. Last year, she produced and directed a self-help web series titled The Noise In Your Head, comprised of six comedic videos about coping with anxiety, starring our very own Arielle Hader! Kismet brought them to work together on this project again, and we're absolutely tickled! Foster's bringing immense talent to this project, and we're so lucky to have her point of view bringing everything together.
Cinematographer KATHARINE WHITE
Katharine is a badass. She’s already worked with Foster before on the short, Platypus, and we're pleased to bring them back together again. Katharine's handling of still and quiet moments in her extensive resume drew us in and she has an excellent artistic eye for light and shadow and moods. Her creative touch on this project will help escalate our presentation from just a sizzle reel to an incredibly polished cinematic marvel.
Production Designer GLORIA LAMB
This will be my second collaboration with Emmy Award Winner Gloria Lamb. She was my Production Designer on my feature film, Junction, and we've been BFFs for 14 years. You’ve definitely have seen her award winning work on the Oscars, Grammys, and other live event variety television shows, and you might have also seen some of her large art installations in Black Rock City, NV. I adore her and admire her greatly. She's worked with multi million dollar budgets and tens of 20 dollar bill budgets, and is always able to create something extraordinary. I'm so happy she's joining us on this ride!
Your Contribution Could Be the Sole Reason We Get This Show on the Air.
If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably related to me (family reunions are gonna be a little awkward now, huh?) and if you’re somehow not, I’m so glad you’re here. It means the world to me that you believe in this story, you believe in shows created and produced by women, and that you’re helping bring this idea to life. Thank you so, so much for your support with this project. We cannot do it without you.
Risks and challenges
There's always that fear for any indie producer, "Will this project mean as much to others as it does to me?" Thankfully, with as many industry professionals willing to volunteer their time, the answer is "Yes!" and we're in very good hands!
That being said, we will need our cast and crew to maintain good health, that any and all tech problems can be problem solved and fixed in good time, that our deliverables for post are exactly what they need to be.
But we are an incredible mix of professional artists and problem solvers, and excited to move forward with this project with your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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