Rock City Noir: an ambitious new film, embracing elements of Film Noir and Rock Musical genres.
The first step of getting “Rock City Noir” made will be to film the trailer and that’s where you come in!
My name is Harry McCoy, and I am a veteran filmmaker (writer, director, editor, producer). One of my films was nominated for a Grand Jury prize at Sundance – just putting that out there, that I have done this before, and my experiences have enriched my talents greatly. In addition to features, I’ve created music videos, documentary shorts, and advertising spots. You can see some of my work here: www.harrymccoy.com/hmfm.mov .
I’ve felt a new film percolating for a while. When I set out to make another film, I had to ask myself what it is that I really want to do? What would I really want to see as a movie lover, and look at as a filmmaker? What is the project which I can spend many years and not lose faith or traction? Because once you make a film it is always with you.
I am attracted to projects that have many lives, like Hairspray or Chicago or Tommy or Death of a Salesman or all of Shakespeare - as well as genres that still entertain, like Film Noir. These are the movies we watch over and over; they are entertaining with just the right amount of “think” in them.
I am drawn to Noir as you can see from some of my earlier work, and found the catalyst for my next project in listening to a trio of songs by my musician brother, Tim McCoy. These songs inspired the writing of the script, the vision, the fire to bring this project to life.
Rock City Noir will eventually be a feature film, written and produced by me, featuring 10 songs written by my brother Tim.
Rock City Noir is not camp and it does not include songs from other artists re-done in questionable style. Glee and Rock of Ages appeal to some, but this will not be those: what we're doing is of whole cloth, completely original, with potential mass appeal.
Once the script was completed and we had our first table read, it was evident that without people hearing the music, the project would be difficult to sell. So we are going to have a public reading with our 8 key actors and full band, shot with 2 cameras and top notch sound recording, all in one night, to create the elements we’ll need to go from concept to trailer to feature film. We are in pre-production mode and we have begun casting for the live event.
This recording opportunity and effort is why I’m here, asking you to help me fund this show.
Risks and challenges
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I am going to stand atop what I have learned after 25 years in production and tell you that there is little in this project that fazes me.
I designed it to be made, to be completed, to be enjoyed by a broad-based audience.
As with all creative endeavors, Rock City Noir will grow and change as a natural process as it progresses towards completion.
If you don't like what you see, it's not for you.
Its eventual audience will be as ferocious in defending it as I am - and will continue to be - as we create it.