Around six months ago I made the decision that I was going to shoot a film in June of 2018. The film that would be shot was called PORCH, a film about the relationship between a grandfather and a granddaughter and their efforts to reconnect over the course of a weekend.
This has been a project that has been in the works for a long time, going through almost two years of the development stage and almost 20 different drafts. Starting as a 5-page short film with no dialogue and one character while turning into a thought-provoking story where two individuals who only want what’s best for each other being the force that drives them apart.
At the time of this writing, it has been one week since we wrapped principal production towards the end of June and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited it makes us. Filmmaking is an extremely collaborative medium and this film was no different. We implemented a talented group of industry professionals to those words on a page, and help create what we hope will be an award-winning film.
I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll say it again - every film has its challenges and this was no different. Every production is different but they all face setbacks along the way. It’s the nature of the business and we were overcome to all problems that arose. There’s a tremendous amount of knowledge that’s passed along through any production. With different crew members, different locations, different equipment, you are faced with “problems” you may not have anticipated which forces you to think outside of the box on how to overcome.
A former film school professor of mine used to compare filmmaking to setting a pile of money on fire while trying to put it out before it completely burned up. While I don’t agree with the analogy, I do understand where it comes from.
Making a film costs a lot of money and any good producer will tell you that in order to make a film you need to cut corners and save money where can, hence the analogy of setting a pile of money on fire. Unless you have the backing of a major studio, which this obviously did not have, you need to find alternative ways to find funding.
Lucky for us, we were incredibly fortunate enough to raise almost $10,000 through a targeted crowdfunding campaign, which is WAY more than we anticipated. It’s always hard to ask for help, especially when money is involved, and seeing how much support we were able to gain through the generous contributions of our donors means the world to us. Without them, we would not have been able to make this film, it’s that simple.
So - to end this post on a light note, I have to give the SINCEREST thank you to anyone who supported PORCHI. It is because of you that this film has a voice; it is because of you that we were able to bring two years of work to life; and it is because of you that this film was made. This is no longer my film - This is OUR film.
Thank you again to all of our donors and any one who has showed us support in any way, and check back soon for details on the progress and I’ll see you at the premiere.