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New short in the works, looking for male lead!

This yet to be titled short film will be a military-themed story, the script is about 90% there, and I hope to begin shooting in September with my friend and long time collaborator Stephen Ballast. Steve and I made Breakdown in 2006 and are finally coming back around to making another film, and this one promises to be leaps and bounds better than the last.

We are currently looking to cast the lead role in the film, a male 20's-30's with a rugged military look. Although there are some… Continue

Added by Kevin Strahm on August 6, 2009 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Hwy 29 Business Strategy

I'm writing this for everyone who has asked about Hwy 29's start-up strategy. Our strategy currently involves four dramatic film projects: 1) "Swimming in a Lake of Fire," a feature film with a cash budget of $55k, 2) "The Hive," a web drama that will be completely self-funded (if necessary), 3) "Crier," a feature film that will also be completely self-funded, and 4) "Wrightsville," which we're hoping will be funded by healthcare sponsors ("Wrightsville" is our first health-themed movie and is… Continue

Added by Les Butchart on July 15, 2009 at 1:59pm — 1 Comment

Cinematic exercises...

No script. No cast. Just some interesting cinematic exercises I think would be fun to shoot. Anyone else interested?

1. Underwater shots: Anything involving water (preferably clear water) as a medium. The ocean, a swimming pool, springs, etc. I'm a certified scuba diver with my own gear and access to a camera housing, so I'd love to experiment. It could be a simple scene or even one or two shots of someone swimming in a pool for example, just to experiment with the best way to… Continue

Added by Kevin Strahm on July 13, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Virgins

In response to the continuing war overseas and the secret birth of her child, a young woman weaves a moral fabric of innocence that encompasses both her army boyfriend and her best friend.

The Virgins is a feature film shooting June/July 2009 in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. Josh clayton is the writer/director. Aravind Ragupathi is the director of photography. Crew is local our of Raleigh, NC. Cast includes Brad Mills, CarrieAnne Hunt, and myself as the three main… Continue

Added by Kristi Ray on June 28, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Good Books on Screenwriting


Added by Les Butchart on April 7, 2009 at 11:35pm — No Comments

Vote for ¡Perfecto! on YouTube's Project:Direct

Here is a note from my friend Erin Fede:

Out of hundreds of submissions from 7 different countries, our film ¡Perfecto! ( ) was selected by a panel of Sundance programmers to be in the TOP 10 of Project:Direct!

Now it's up to the public to determine the winner and WE NEED YOUR VOTE TO WIN!

Please vote ONCE A DAY, EVERY DAY from now until – JANUARY 3.

If we win, we go to Sundance Film Festival to screen our film and meet with the festival… Continue

Added by elena martin on December 28, 2008 at 9:37pm — No Comments

The Legal Side -- Part One / Basic Setup

Historically, a lot of motion picture companies have funded their films through separate legal entities -- limited partnerships (LP), and, more recently, limited liability companies (LLC). The production company becomes a member of the new entity, which is designed to serve the purposes of the single film or perhaps a group of films. Sometimes these entities are called "funds." In most every case, the investment itself is a security, which means your business activities and the whole process of… Continue

Added by Les Butchart on November 27, 2008 at 12:49pm — No Comments

How this craziness got started.

Okay, I'm going to give you the long version of the story, since this blog might be the only place it is ever written down. Movies Among Friends (MAF for short) is an effort by writers, actors, filmmakers and musicians to make some motion pictures.

I have made some low budget movies and I know how frustrating it can be, which is why I hadn't jumped into a new project, then 2008 rolled around. I kept running into screenwriters at a writing workshop called Wildacres that I attend, the… Continue

Added by Les Butchart on August 28, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

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