Seeking Real Life (aka Non-Actor) talent for South Dakota Tourism Video.
Seeking male, 20's-50's to appear on camera. South Dakota Native American tribal heritage a must. Must be willing to travel to South Dakota for 3-4 days in late summer of 2014 to appear on camera. Looking for someone who may have a personal story about their family leaving South Dakota, or family members still in the state. Any tribal affiliation within the state is great. Stipend provided as well as all travel and expenses covered.
Short Screenplays Wanted
July 7th, 2014
My name is Andrew Watt, and I'm a rookie producer/director here in Minneapolis. I've written, produced, and directed one micro-budget short, which you can view here. I'm not a prolific enough writer to keep myself busy, and I'd like to work with screenwriting voices other than my own. If you're a novice writer who wants to see their short screenplay (less than 20 pages) produced, I'd like you to consider working with me.
If we decide to work together, I'll help you develop your material and copyright your screenplay (you gotta protect your work!). I will cast, direct, and edit the project. If you want to do anything other than write, we'll have to discuss it beforehand. (Are you a director at heart? Over-protective of your material? These are red flags.) I'll show you cuts of the finished film and ask for your input. Together, we'll discuss screening venues and consider digital distribution outlets.
Don't expect to make much, if any, money from this project. I have a lot to learn about distribution, and for this phase of the project I'll invite you to increase your participation. If our short does turn a profit, however meager, our cast and crew will be paid first, I will be paid last, and you will be paid second-to-last. You've got to want to do this because you've written a script that you love and want to see onscreen, but I really do want people who work with me to get paid, and we're going to be talking about distribution on day one.
BEFORE YOU REPLY
Watch my linked short for an idea of how your script might look onscreen. I shoot on video. I use natural light. My camera moves aren't flashy. That's not to say your project won't look good, or have its own rhythm and style, but there is a limit to what I can do.
If you've never written a screenplay before, I doubt we'll be a good match. Alternately, if you've ever been paid more than a thousand bucks for something you wrote, you're probably out of my league.
Andrew's strengths: rehearsal, blocking, dialogue, pacing, mise en scene, cinematic vocabulary. I work well with actors, and I know what belongs in the frame and what doesn't.
Andrew's weaknesses: special effects, showy camera work, anything involving guns (if there's a shootout in your script, keep walking).