Sorry for the lack of updates as of late. I’ve been busy with my job at WB, evening classes, and other personal matters. But that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been any movement on the film. Quite the contrary… I’ve done a few more interviews these past few weeks, but have a lot more planned in the near future. I’ve scheduled another trip back east -- this time for extensive shooting in NYC – but there are so many people and places to juggle, I think at least a third trip will be necessary later in the year.
As things stand, I now realize that I’m theoretically more than halfway through filming, and it’s a bit jarring. I don’t want this part of the process to end. I’m still desperately trying to interview some key people, of course. (Calling Mr. Spielberg, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Manilow, Ms. Streisand...
I was planning on relaunching our Indiegogo campaign this weekend, but in my heart, I felt that the timing just wasn't right. There are so many terrible things going on in the world, with so many people in need, that my seeking money for a little documentary pales in comparison to the plights of so many other, more pressing and important causes. I'm going to wait a little while until I feel a new launch would be more appropriate.
So far, the campaigns through Fractured Atlas and Indiegogo have collectively raised almost $4000 -- funds that have allowed me to acquire and professionally scan a large collection of transparencies, book travel to complete further interviews, license editing software, and more. Every dollar helps, and every dollar I'm grateful for.
Last Thursday I did a Skype interview with Ed Dolista for the Indycast blog. We discussed the Amsel documentary at length, and it was great to reconnect with Ed and the show again. The podcast is now live... You can listen to it here.
We discussed artists whom Amsel admired, later artists who were inspired by his work, and other wonderful people who've participated in the film. (Name dropping time: David Byrd, Drew Struzan, Bob Peak, Mark Raats, Paul Shipper, William Stout, Sam Jones, John Alvin, Steve Chorney, Bruce Vilanch, Judy Goldman and more.) I also talk about Erik Sharkey and Kevin Burke's respective documentaries on movie poster artists, to give credit where credit is due.
I was recovering from a respiratory infection, so listening to the broadcast makes for a great drinking game --...
We'll be giving away a limited color print of an early Amsel sketch of Marilyn Monroe, to one lucky Indiegogo backer. Just join our Indiegogo campaign at $15 or more by Saturday, December 24th, and be entered to win. (Those who have already contributed will still qualify!) The sketch likely dates back to the mid to late 1960's. The original was a generous gift from Richard Amsel's brother, Michael.
And so it begins -- our crowdfunding campaign through INDIEGOGO, in partnership with FRACTURED ATLAS. While I've already done over 20 interviews (some of which I'm keeping a secret), there's so much more to do, requiring additional travel, post production, creative, and other services. No one said making movies was going to be easy. And this isn't even my day job yet.
I'll spare you the rambling details here, but you can find more information through the following links: