"The Lonely Boomer" a comedy feature film
A 60 year-old divorced male Baby Boomer tries Internet dating. Who knew it would get this crazy? Based on a true story.
The Lonely Boomer is a COMEDY feature film I would like to make. It is a depiction of what a very nice, easy going 60 year-old guy goes through after a divorce. He really loved being married and wants to be in a relationship again, and so he tries Internet dating. He encounters quite a few ladies, but nothing works out. One coffee date only lasts 10 minutes. Another gal was gone when he came back from the restroom. There were a few nice ones along the way, but most were either gold diggers or women who couldn't stop talking about their problems and why men are creeps.
All of those things actually happened to me since my 2002 divorce. Friends have enjoyed my stories so much, they suggested that I write a book. But being a film maker, I wrote a movie script instead.
There are 78 million Baby Boomers in the USA and about half of all boomers are divorced! There are millions who will be able to relate to the characters in this film. The audience could be huge. There won't be any explosions, car crashes, gun fire or special effects - just some verbal fireworks. There will be a lot of real interesting conversations and characters. It will be 16 or so ladies with very different values and one well meaning protagonist who really tries to figure them out and do the right thing.
I was a drama major in college, but have worked behind the camera ever since because it's a lot more fun. I've worked in Hollywood, and on a couple of feature films, and know the process. Anyone ever see "The Legend of Amaluk" starring Lorne Greene and produced by Jerry Fairbanks? I've had my own video production company for 13 years, and I own all of the equipment needed for producing a feature film. You can see samples of some real video there. www.dvpostvideo.com.
I estimate that I can do this for about $50,000, and so I am asking for $55,000 since Kickstarter and Amazon take away about 10% for their fees. The money is needed for the actors, crew, locations, food, insurance, editing, promotion and film festivals.
This project's $50,000 budget falls under the Screen Actor's Guild's Ultra Low Budget film category which allows SAG members to perform for as little as $100/day. Just think - real actors - not some dorky would-be-actor friends. Much of the film's success will depend on casting just the right actor for the male lead. One actor who would be very good is Kevin Dunn who played the father of Shia LaBeouf in the Transformers movies. I loved his character in those films. He's been in lots of other films and has quite a range. I've already put a call into his agent and he said that Kevin is not "above" working on such low budget projects.
I really think this could become a popular little indie film. And IF it does become a hit, and IF it gets sold to a distributor, I will share 50% of the net profits (after taxes) as a thank you with all of the $100 and above backers. I know someone who made a very simple low budget film that was picked up by Paramount for 4 million dollars! Let's do the math on that. Let's say the film ends up costing $100,000 to make and market, and it gets sold for $4,000,000. This is a $3,900,000 profit. If there were only $100 pledges I would need 550 donors to make the $55,000. If I were to share half of the $3,900,000, or $1,950,000 among 550 people, that's $3,545 each! For a $500 backer it works out to $17,727! Please remember these are ALL IFS.
That kind of success is really a long shot of course - but so is everything in life. I simply believe that success should be shared with those who made it possible.
Thanks so much for your consideration!
- (35 days)