What's it about?
The Virgins is a feature-length comedy about a couple who save themselves for marriage, even though they will only have one night together before the groom has to leave for the Army. The night of the wedding they get locked out of their honeymoon cottage and end up on a wild adventure. All they want is to make it back to town so they can find a hotel for the night, but everything they do seems to push them further away. And things get far worse when their family members find out and offer their "help".
They saved themselves for the wedding night, and now they'll have to save themselves from the wedding night. The two people who did everything right are about to have everything go wrong. A story about waiting and waiting and waiting some more.
Will they get to consummate the marriage before morning? Help fund the production and find out!
What kind of movie will it be?
Why do I want to tell this story?
Even though on the surface this is a trivial story of two people who want to have sex, underneath it is a story about longing and trying to grasp something dangling in front of you that you can never seem to reach. It's also about how we relate to God, particularly when you feel like you're doing what God wants you to do, and yet life is still difficult.
I've been inspired by the work of Woody Allen. He tells stories from his own point of view of the world, on which I have a number of disagreements, and yet I consistently find his work poignant, funny, and true.
That is what I want to do - tell a story from my point of view that will ring true for everyone.
Let's see the script!
I've uploaded the first 18 pages here: http://issuu.com/scroogeandsanta/docs/virgins18pages
And here are two of the update videos with people talking about the script:
Why do I need $50,000?
That is the bare minimum I need to make the movie. It will let me hire a small crew of professional lighting, camera, and sound operators, and also SAG actors. SAG has a great low-budget agreement that allows its members to work on small productions like these.
As movie budgets go, this is very small, but it will still let me make a professional-quality movie. And it will also let me make the whole movie. Many filmmakers make shorts. But who wants to watch a short? I want to make a movie that people will want to watch.
Who is making the movie with me?
The movie will be produced by Ryan and Jennica Schwartzman, who just made a feature length film in this budget range called "Gordon Family Tree" about a guy who quits his corporate job to build tree houses. You can see their trailer here:
I (Matt) wrote the script, and will also be the director.
Why do I think I know how to direct a movie?
I made two feature length movies last year for the Amazon Studios system. The first was made for $0 with no crew, and the second was made for $3500 with one crew member. You can watch them both online in their entirety:
The Umpire (*Winner - Amazon's Best Test Movie, May 2011)
Speak to Me in Poetry - Trailer:
Speak to Me in Poetry - Full Movie:
I've also made comedy shorts for YouTube and FunnyOrDie. The lighting and sound on all of them is bad, but the jokes are good! Here's my favorite:
Making movies by myself taught me a lot about filmmaking, and now I'm ready for the real thing.
What will happen with this movie once it's done?
Ideally, it will get picked up for distribution and made available to the world. If that happens, the Kickstarter supporters who made it possible will have intense bragging rights, especially those whose names are in the credits! If it does not happen, becoming a Kickstarter supporter is likely your only chance to see the movie. Either way, there are great reasons to become a Kickstarter supporter!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge will be making a good movie instead of just a movie. It takes a thousand good decisions to make a good movie, but only one bad decision to make a bad movie.
Many small movies like this turn out to be quite terrible. However, that is usually because there is no story. With "The Virgins", people have responded to the script with an enthusiasm I have not experienced before. And I run the risk of ruining it by directing it myself.
But I don't think I'm going to ruin it. I know this story better than anyone. If I can stay focused on the story, and not on how exhausted or worried or overwhelmed I might feel while shooting, then I believe I can make a good movie.
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