Our indie western AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS is currently seeking a new Executive Producer with funding and branding resources to bring to the project in addition to fulfilling vital production needs. Looking to shoot in Long Island and Upstate NY as well as New Milford, Connecticut within the coming year. Check out our award winning “Best Trailer” and please submit all direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I want to personally take the time to let each of you know where we stand with the American Gunslingers project and our Seed & Spark crowdfunding campaign.
As I mentioned in an update days after our initial campaign launch, we had to postpone our initial planned shoot date from the end of May to late summer to ensure a safe film production for our talent and crew. It is no secret how the coronavirus pandemic has affected all artists around the world both professionally and personally. It is also very easy to stop moving forward on any artistic endeavors at such a difficult time when everyone is worried about their job status and putting food on the table. Trust me when I say that I’m scared at times too when I watch the news and I just want to fall back into my creative writing. All that said, quitting is not in my nature and this is the time to move forward.
What does this mean?
Since we have been quarantined at our homes these past several weeks, my team consisting of Chris Corulla ( playing the role of “Randy”), Drew Henriksen (screenwriter and playing “Dragoon”), Dan Griffin (producer), and I have had some serious discussions on how best to proceed with the project once we return to some sense of normalcy. With the theatrical business on the decline (especially now) and streaming platforms becoming the more lucrative wave of the future, the 4 of us agreed that American Gunslingers would work much better as a limited 10-part episodic, telenovela-style series. This new course in direction gives us several advantages in a revised plan that will ease the complications of producing a full-length feature film including the following:
• Using the most recent draft of the screenplay, scenes can be broken up into 10 episodes and better organized budgets by episode.
• The episodic format will add more creative breathing room to tell the fully layered stories of the main characters which would normally be cut down for pacing if it had been a full-length feature.
• We can craft a shooting schedule that works for the actors’ availabilities, more flexibility among our crew, gives us breaks in between to plan new episodes, and keeps our team focused on the specific needs of each episode rather than stressing ourselves with plotting out an entire 90 minute film.
• We will be able to save on specific costs on locations and props because we will take our time shooting and editing each episode.
• For audiences, we believe this episodic format will be binge-worthy on a streaming platform that they will return to time and time again.
We have already proved our capability in producing a western just with the teaser trailer which was shot in Long Island last summer. With additional funds, we can improve on all production needs including sound, lighting, costumes, locations, props, and horses. Once the series is completed, we will submit the pilot episode to film festivals and pitch the full 10-episode series to streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Tubi, etc.
With this new direction from feature film to series, we are now lowering our initial $25K goal to $15K. This will be enough to get the initial episodes produced. For us to receive the full funds, we only need to reach 80% of the goal and thanks to Seed & Spark, we were granted a 15-day extension meaning our new deadline is May 9th. So, all listed rewards have been reduced to increase our chances of matching our new goal.
We believe this direction will be the right way to not only tell our amazing story, but it also has the potential to be something groundbreaking in reviving the western genre to today’s audiences. The current crisis may have disrupted our path and we are mindful about everyone’s personal needs right now. But we started this journey on a dream and it is our determination to finish it.
• Please donate what you can.
• Share the link if you can’t contribute financially.
• Follow the campaign by clicking the “Follow” button on the right-hand side of the page.
• Most of all: STAY HOME AND BE SAFE!
Now looking ahead to the future, I am formally asking for your help and support once again for AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS. Today, we have launched the crowdfunding campaign on the website Seed & Spark to raise funds for the full-length feature. We have been planning this project for nearly 3 years. But in the midst of planning the full feature film last year, we realized the logistical and financial obstacles in producing an independent western movie in vintage New York and Connecticut restoration parks with period costumes, props, and of course horses. Now we are more determined than ever to pull the trigger on this amazing project this summer.
Seed & Spark will not only allow us to raise funds but also the ability to get specific offers for all production needs including equipment, locations, horses, etc. All that said, I am directly outreaching to YOU for a commitment to join us on the journey and donate to AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS within these next 45 days. If you are unable to commit financially, however, then you also have the opportunity to follow and share the campaign on all social media.
Please support this special project today: https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/american-gunslingers#story
Also, don’t forget our screening date for the American Gunslingers trailer at Garden State Film Festival is set for SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at the Berkley Hotel Continental Room (1401 Ocean Ave, First Floor, Asbury Park, NJ)! We will be in the 2:15-3:30pm screening block. For tickets, order at the following link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4497449
For those of you who have been following our progress with AMERICAN GUNSLINGERS since the beginning, you may or may not know what it takes to bring a western feature film to life. Especially if you live in the tri-state area. We are offering a big opportunity to anyone who has an interest in financially backing our full-length feature for this coming summer. We have our entire production plan mapped out from the start of production all the way to worldwide distribution. If you are interested in investing in American Gunslingers or you have referrals for potential backers, please contact me directly at email@example.com for the full business proposal and additional info.
For those of you in the Long Island and Connecticut areas, we are looking for the following locations for this film:
– Saloon-style bars
– Wine cellar
– A vintage-style living room that looks like it’s straight out of the 1800s.
Anybody who can help find these locations or send us referrals, please let us know. We can offer a “Special Thanks” credit to you for the end.
Lastly, our screening date for the American Gunslingers trailer at Garden State Film Festival has been announced for SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at the Berkley Hotel Continental Room (1401 Ocean Ave, First Floor, Asbury Park, NJ)! We will be in the 2:15-3:30pm screening block. For tickets, order at the following link: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4497449
As we await many film festival acceptances and our upcoming screenings at the Nisville Movie Summit and the NY Jazz Film Festival, we are now accepting inquiries for THE SAXOPHONIST to be screened at your school or community event as well as a speaking engagement with the cast and crew this fall. We are more than willing to travel with this film in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) and abroad. All questions and inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a very special video from AJ Epyx Productions founder Andre´ Joseph about the recent DVD release and the November screening at Wesleyan University for TEMPTED, the upcoming Urban Action Showcase screening of DISHONORABLE VENDETTA, and the current production status of VENDETTA GAMES. See the video below: