I figured this was as good a time as any to look at my 2020 resolutions and figure out where I want to go for 2021. Just as a reminder for where I started:
Provide monthly updates of all the exciting and not-so-exciting happenings at Djini Productions. Bear with us because some months might be dull, but we realize it's a good habit to form. We'll figure it out.
Get What Marilyn Didn't Know accepted into a few more festivals. Even if it's one - mission will be accomplished.
Release What Marilyn Didn't Know on VOD. More details to come for when and where. You can check back for updates or follow our social media pages for up-to-the-minute updates.
Complete post-production on Happily Married After.
Enter Happily Married After into local, national, and international film festivals. This one is a winner, if we don't say so ourselves.
Complete the screenplay on our first feature film titled "E.I." (working title).
Raise funds for our first feature film (E.I. - working title), through grants, and benevolent benefactors.
Find a Manager for Alison Guessou to help chart the course for her vision as a filmmaker.
Be better than where we were in 2019, A-B-G: Always Be Growing.
So how did I do:
I stuck to providing monthly updates! There are 12 readable blog posts you can go through for 2020. Some months were more exciting than others, and some months I had to dig to figure out what I wanted to focus on, but I did it.
What Marilyn Didn't Know made it into 6 festivals total! The material for this film was a little different, but I'm happy I was still able to find it an audience.
What Marilyn Didn't Know is available on VOD both on this website, and on Amazon Video.
Not only was post-production completed on Happily Married After, but I also surprisingly got a grant from the Jerome Foundation for post-production. So all that weight I was carrying around, worried about getting it through post, was alleviated by receiving a grant to help cover post costs.
To date, Happily Married After has been officially selected to screen at 8 different festivals, as well as participate in the TCFF MN Short Showcase (coming up January 22nd!)
The screenplay for "E.I." was completed, and rewrites are in progress!
Raising funds is the not-so-fun part of filmmaking, but so far, I've been able to raise $5,000 to apply towards production. It's a feature, so I'm hoping to raise more to be able to self-produce.
Not that I didn't try (because I did), but no Manager yet.
Growth is constant, I was able to take a couple of classes to help make me a better writer as well as attending workshops to learn more about the business of filmmaking.
So...with all this going on, what are my goals for 2021:
Complete pre-production on E.I.; revisions and rewrites included.
Raise funds for production of E.I., and if it is safe and the world opens up - complete production for E.I.
Start and complete Season 1 script for web series concept, and if it is safe complete production.
Get a Manager.
ABG: Always be growing!
What are some of your goals?