About this project
We Make Movies Canada (WMM-CA) is an indie film community based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We’re the sister group of the Los Angeles film collective, We Make Movies, originally founded in in 2009.
With your support, WMM-CA will produce its first slate of 3 short films chosen from our community of indie filmmakers. Along with the people-power and in-kind donations we’re mustering, we’ve committed to raising $2000 for each film, and to do that we NEED YOUR HELP!
Read more about the We Make Movies Canada film community below, but right now, the Telethon Man, Greg Barry, has commandeered the top of this page to bring you this special update ...
Now that we have that out of the way, let our filmmakers tell you more about the stories they want to bring to life ...
FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT - AMANDA TERFLOTH: Amanda Terfloth, writer / director of "The Maytag Talk" makes an impassioned plea that you help her ensure our elders won't be accurately informed about procreation.
FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT - SARAH MONAHAN and JILLIAN TREDENICK: Filmmakers, Sarah Monahan and Jillian Tredenick talk about their film "Taco" and the inspiration that drove a couple girls to check out the "Taco Stand".
FILMMAKER SWAP!! - MATTHEW MACFADZEAN & MICHAEL COADY: Slate One filmmaker, Matthew MacFadzean is re-envisioning the budget and scope for his film "Dorothy's Secret" and as a result is revising his production plan for the film. He has graciously offered another community filmmaker to step in and benefit from the funding of this campaign. Michael Coady, whose screenplay "Cop Out" was a finalist in the Slate One Screenplay Festival is next in line in the voting count to become a WMM-CA Slate One film! He will sprint to the finish to help with this fundraising drive! WMM-CA looks forward to helping Matthew in funding and producing "Dorothy's Secret" in the coming months!!
FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT - MICHAEL COADY: Michael Coady's film,"Cop Out" is about a 30-something police officer who struggles with crazy duality in his career aspirations and must choose between family tradition and his dream. The story follows Braden Russell, a cop who aspires to be an actor. He deals with this duality in his career path daily, such that we are never sure what "role" he is currently playing. When he finally makes the move to quit the police force and leave behind the legacy of his father who was slain in the line of duty, his newly-minted Police Chief brother challenges his decision. Which life will Braden ultimately choose?
We Make Movies Canada is proud to support our Slate One Filmmakers in telling their unique and interesting stories. Please help us to bring their stories to life! Donate today!!
More info on our film community:
The We Make Movies Canada goal is to unite the Toronto Indie film community and foster community-driven filmmaking. We assist writers in the development of their screenplays from early drafts, and move them toward production -- which is produced, cast, crewed by our community. We’re funded by generous donations from the WMM-CA community, as well as supporters of Indy film everywhere!
We are very excited about what we have been able to achieve in just under a year - the most important being our incredibly successful “Slate One” Screenplay Festival, where the festival audience voted and chose three short screenplays to green-light for production. These festival winning screenplays now go on to become WMM-CA's Slate One Films!
Our 3 Slate One Films (listed alphabetically):
Cop Out by Michael Coady
Log line: A 30-something cop struggles with crazy duality in his career aspirations and must choose between family tradition and his dream.
Producer - Michael Coady
Maytag Talk by Amanda Terfloth
Log Line: Age does not always equal wisdom!
Producer - Amanda Terfloth
Taco by Sarah Monahan and Jillian Tredenick
Log Line: Single gals and the city - sometimes its not about giving up on guys, but maybe its about giving up guys
Key Crew: Director - Cassie Keenan
DP - Sasha Thomas
Producers - Jill Tredenick and Sarah Monahan
We are elated about the opportunity to help these indie filmmakers, and hope you will be too. Their shorts will make an awesome line-up for the premiere slate of We Make Movies Canada Films. And an awesome addition to the line-up of Canada’s next generation of filmmakers.
These writers represent the successes that are being fostered by our monthly Script Reading Series, and the great scripts that are being developed directly through the We Make Movies community. The films span genres and feature unique and original voices - voices you haven't heard from before - the voices of talented, yet undiscovered filmmakers who will make a difference in the film world. And as you know, short films serve as important stepping stones in the careers of filmmakers.
So please help us support these three short films by donating whatever you can to the We Make Movies Canada Slate One Films initiative. You will be helping to foster the careers of these filmmakers but also importantly, these fun and fantastic stories will add to the tapestry of Canadian film.
We are thankful for the sponsorship and promotional help from Toronto Film Scene - Toronto's Online Film Magazine!
Thanks to our first Kickstarter video shooter, Emily Schooley, our "boom guy", Greg Barry and to our Editor, Amanda Terfloth (for the many hours and great job of editing)!
Risks and challenges
Film production is an exciting business working with a highly collaborative medium. Delivering a film on time and on budget can be a challenging proposition for a production team. However, we are a community of artists, ie. alchemists, improvisors and visionaries! We create from that which does not yet exist, and repurpose that which does. We’re used to adapting. There are always challenges last-minute and beyond. Cast members get longer-term gigs, locations fall through, wardrobe malfunctions, and mechanical props just won’t do what you want them to do.
Yet, we have complete confidence in the strength and experience in our community to see this project and these 3 films through to completion. We Make Movies in LA has already run 2 highly successful Kickstarter campaigns and successfully produced 17 short films. The We Make Movies Community, both in Toronto and Los Angeles, is comprised of extremely talented and capable professionals with mind-blowing collective experience, accolades and achievements in the film industry.
Our industry is one in which many creative people – all with their own vision – come together to work on a project. It’s always challenging, things always change and that’s what makes it so exciting. We welcome whatever opportunity chance throws our way – it just gives us new prospects to take our work in directions we might not have considered otherwise. Our collective experience make these challenges, inconsequential! We’re Indy Filmmakers!
With your generous support, the success of this venture is a done deal!
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