The first feature film by Koo (dir. of The West Side, founder of NoFilmSchool.com) explores the high-stakes world of youth basketball. Read more
This project was successfully funded on September 23, 2011.
One Year Later...
Can you believe it's been a FULL YEAR since I ran my Kickstarter campaign? I can't. Time really does fly!
The logical question is, "what you have you been doing all this time?" Well, I did one thing: I FINALLY FINISHED THE SCRIPT!
I don't know how many drafts I went through, but it's probably in the hundreds. I've been working on it constantly and I'm excited about finally having a draft I'm satisfied with. I thought the draft I had when I ran the campaign was good (and so did a few others), but I felt it could be better and it took a lot of revision to get there (there was a lot of "two steps forward, one step back.") Yes, things in the script will change once we have the cast assembled and once we have locations and once there's a producer attached. But I'm finally sending it to producers to find the right fit and start assembling a team and figuring out a shooting schedule.
As for what else has been going on with the project, I recently did an interview about the film with the Tribeca Film Institute, who generously awarded this project an All Access Grant (as I mentioned in a previous update), and I also appeared on a Vimeo panel titled "The Art of Getting Paid" with Bryan Newman, film strategist/executive/consultant (and MANCHILD backer!). It's a long video but it contains plenty of background on MANCHILD and my website, No Film School, if you're interested; I show up 22 minutes in:
In this panel, Bryan says that 50,000 unique film titles are submitted to film festivals EVERY YEAR. So if anyone's wondering why I've spent so long revising the script and trying to get it JUST RIGHT, it's because this project is not and has never been about "good enough" for me. I'm not just trying to make a basketball movie, I'm trying to make -- as Kanye West would say -- one of the best basketball movies OF ALL TIME!
We'll see what happens from here. But there's nothing wrong with lofty goals. The only problem with them is they take a little longer. :)
On to the next stage! I think it's going to be worth the wait.
Thanks as always for your continued support!