The purpose of making this movie is to hone, maintain, and enrich the filmmaking experience of all of the participants. People involved in cast and crew often find themselves going too long between work and credits. In the rapid pace and change of filmmaking, latest tech, distribution, and audience, the more empty time between film credits, the less valuable a person’s experience and knowledge.
As of March 2013, E.C.created the goal of working in or making five short movies within the time constraint remainder of the year. To that end, he has four more movies left (BUSHIDO participated in the Houston, Texas 48Hour film Project http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3015516/). These short movies are expected to be SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actor’s Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) signatory movies under the New Media Agreement. All of them will be entered in web-media short film festivals within the New Media guidelines. Unlike the tens of thousands of videos that go up on Vimeo, Vevo, and YouTube every day, working within industry guidelines gives us industry notice. That makes the experience behind those credits more meaningful when all participants seek paying work outside of these short films.
Teams built from these short films will be paid workers on E.C. McMullen Jr.’s upcoming full length feature film, slated for 2014.
You do not have to live in Houston or Texas to participate, but that is where we are based. We welcome union and non-union actors and various crew who wish to learn, grow, and build their resumes and reels. There is very little to virtually no paying market for short films in and of themselves, but like Community Theater for stage actors, Open Mike for stand-up comics, and Jam Night for musicians, we’re creating this series of narrative short films to build a team of professionals with a solid work ethic, as well as maintain and enrich our knowledge and experience. That means all positions are Payment Deferred, as our doors are open to new people who may lack experience, and require a (often costly) learning curve. When making films in a virtual non-market setting, those who wish to fund these films do so as contributors and not investors.
Making these short films will provide a proof-of-concept regarding talent, work ethic, and experience for everyone involved. All credited in the making of these movies will have industry recognized, verifiable proof of their work at the Internet Movie Database. That personal achievement is a salable commodity for every individual involved.
Want to be involved with this film or others in the pipeline? Please reach me at feoamante [@] gmail.com
E.C. McMullen Jr.