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Aw, crap. You mean people actually READ this thing? Crud. I hope you don't think this means I'm gonna go easy on you guys. Yes, that means you too Mr. Genius Award (ha! you don't know which Genius Award winner I'm speaking of! THE POWER!). So a bunch has happened since we last chatted, my blog, you and I. Let's discuss.

Where to start? We completed our business plan a while ago - as complete as a business plan can be without being proofread by a lawyer. See the tricky thing in all this money-raising is that you can't raise money without seeing a lawyer. Contrary to popular opinion, lawyer's aren't free! Go figure! So we had to dance around the subject within the plan about how the investment would play out. That's really info for the investment memorandum anyway. So we finished the plan and I must say it's quite a document. 35 pages not including the multitude of supporting documentation. It has gone through a number of hands to get feedback and mostly the feedback has been great and good (as in great feedback that was also construed as telling us we did a good job).

With this completed plan we approached our first investor - a connection one of us has through a day-job. The lunch meeting went well, most of his questions were answered by the business plan and the questions we didn't immediately have answers to we handled well. While this didn't turn into an immediate offer, I think we laid some good groundwork and it was a great experience.

While contemplating with my office-mates about a potential move, the motivation was upped a notch when our office was broken into last week. Here's the scary thing - it was an inside job. From what we can tell someone who had access to the building (possibly a resident) and knew the business we engaged in broke in. It appears they mildly tried to jimmy open my door, then turned their attention to the main security door - a door that is not our main and generally off most people's radar. It looks like they used a screwdriver to try and pry the door open - and boy they tried hard. The wood is all dented and the paint chipped off. Apparently frustrated by this they decided to break the glass on one of the main french doors that open to our office.

Instead of taking any of the flat screen monitors, G5s, harddrives, DVD player, TV, they instead went straight into my friend's office, opened up a camera bag, removed the DVX-100a located inside, took a couple of the wireless microphones also in the bag, and then left. Why didn't they just take the bag and run? Why just take that if it's money they're after? This could only be the work of someone who knew what they wanted. Our office is located in an apartment building which is apparently full of poor Art Institute students. How anyone poor can live in Belltown is beyond me, but this is what my office-mates tell me. Now I'm not pointing fingers, but the burglar knew our office, knew where this camera was, and had access to the secure building (they didn't leave out the front door anyway). So that sucked. I was lucky in that it appears I got off scott-free, but we shared that camera as opportunity allowed and so the loss is felt between both of us.

The news of the break-in traveled fast and my office-mates were soon on the phone brokering a deal to move to a new space ASAP. It's all up in the air right now, but hopefully we'll be out of there in the next couple of weeks. Naturally this adds yet another layer of complexity to this whole movie business thing.

In better news we have managed to work out some financial issues and are moving forward with our development plans for "Plight of the Living Dead". In still better news "Snow Day, Bloody Snow Day," continues to wow audiences winning an Honorable Mention at the HorrorDance Film Festival and was recently accepted into the 2006 World Horror Convention. Buy your copy TODAY!

On Wednesday, Ms. Jessica Baxter and I attended an industry screening of Hard Candy. Seattle doesn't get industry screenings like this. We get press screenings, sure. Sometimes they masquerade as industry screenings, but really they aren't. This was a full-fledged industry event. There were cameras, the mucky-mucks of the production company and distributor were there (though the distributor sadly didn't make themselves known to us lowly serfs). The movie was good and it was nice to receive an invite directly to ME directly from Lionsgate. How I got on THAT list I have no idea. But keep me on it! 🙂

Thursday I attended my first Filmmaker's Saloon at the NW Film Forum in like, a couple years or so. It was generally pretty good. They hold them quarterly, have a fairly well-known guest-speakers and allow for some networking. My only gripe is that it's less a social and more a panel discussion. The night got interesting when the floor was opened for questions and the questions finally were steered towards Seattle filmmaking in general. While I certainly didn't disagree with the panel's assesment (that Seattle filmmakers are "getting better all the time" I wasn't sure I agreed with some of the other comments made by them or some members of the audience (one gentleman said that if you accept money from anyone other than yourself you will make a mediocre film, but that if you spend all your own money that movie can never be mediocre - I'm not sure if he was speaking from a purely artistic standpoint from the filmmaker's point of view, or if he just had a bad experience with studio-money grubbers). The networking was... tight... and I sadly didn't get to say hi to the panel moderator Andy Spletzer whom I've been e-mailing back and forth about a future project. Anyway, was nice to get out and see some new faces. The current film editor from the Stranger said she thinks Seattle film would be better if there were more people making movies. I dunno, but there are nearly 7,000 filmmakers in this greater Seattle area by my last count. I don't think it's necessarily a quantity thing...

Coming up we've got SIFF, STIFF, our first ever investor party, the 48-hour Film Challenge, another fundraiser and general good times. Stay tuned.

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  1. Sounds like exciting times. too bad about the breakin though. I remember the days when Bell Town was the only place the artsy types could afford to live.

  2. how did the investor party go? I’ve got one in the works and would appreciate any tips and advice you could give!

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