I can’t believe how much has happened in the last few weeks! We have an all-star cast for Lily + Mara (more on this soon), an uber-talented crew, a location in Staten Island, and now an IndieGoGo campaign.
Caroline Roberts graduated from film school in 2008 and within weeks found herself working for the incredible filmmaking team, Director/Producer Rob Marshall and Producer John DeLuca. She has been shadowing them ever since, working as their Assistant on three feature films, Nine (2009), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and Into the Woods (2014). They saw each film through all stages of the filmmaking process, from development to pre-production, production to post, and publicity to release. Delving into the knowledge and experience she’s picked up along the way, Caroline is thrilled to be Directing LILY + MARA.
As the founder of Writers Work, Tracy Sayre hosts and organizes conferences, retreats, and workshops for writers. On her popular blog, The Heso Project, she interviews people that go after their dreams as well as documenting her own journey toward happiness. She has collaborated on several screenplays but this is her first time producing. From training teachers in Mozambique to painting murals in Nicaragua, Tracy loves adventure and considers this film project to be the most exciting one of all.
Mónica-Tezla Solís Vega-Görsün is a producer working on a variety of commercial and feature productions. Her last film, The Nymphets world premiered at SXSW and is now currently available on iTunes. She’s had the privilege to work for directors like Stacy Peralta, Brett Ratner, and Tony Goldwyn and DP’s including Wally Phister, Janusz Kaminski, and Matthew Libatique. When she’s not making films, she’s making ceviche or biscuits.
Rachael Gillson was a Co-Producer on the short film ROGUE ASSISTANT (Official Selection at Female Eye Festival ’15 and New York Shorts Fest ’15). Rachael is a Script Supervisor for Commercials and Television and most recently worked on Season 2 of Marvel’s DAREDEVIL. Check it out now on Netflix!
Christopher Raymond is a NY-based cinematographer with 20+ years experience. With 4 feature length narrative films and many commercials under his belt, Chris has found much success in the last year with his documentary shooting on THE EAGLE HUNTRESS, directed by Otto Bell and exec. prod. by Morgan Spurlock/ Daisy Ridley. A Sundance 2016 Official Selection, the Mongolian-set story has just sold to Sony Pictures Classics in preparation for a national theatrical release. His work on REMOTE CONTROL, a narrative feature film also set in Mongolia, has been recognized at Camerimage 2015 and as “Best Picture” at Busan FF 2015. and more recently, The Big T, a short film shot for director Brenda Ray, will be seen at this years 2016 Cannes Short Film Market.
Mike Sayre has composed original music for several independent film and web productions in the New York area, including Bad Habit and Redheads Anonymous. He has also worked as a music technician supporting several shows on Showtime and CBS, including Extant and The Affair. He is a classically trained French horn player, but that doesn’t stop him from rocking out on the guitar. http://www.mike-sayre.com/
While I’ve had a lot of experience writing screenplays, I’ve never been on the production end of a film and it’s been eye-opening to watch the budget come together. Here is the general overview of the costs:
filming and location permits
transportation for cast and crew
props and costumes
feeding the cast and crew
paying the crew and talent
equipment rentals; camera, lighting and sound
insurance – so much insurance!
post production: film and sound editing, color correction, prints
If you want to support a couple of passionate dreamers, if you think there needs to be more women making films, if you want to see a beautiful film about the bond of sisterhood, or if you’re just an awesome generous person, please consider donating to our campaign.
Sometimes you walk into a coffee shop and there are so many laptops it looks like a computer store. Have you ever wondered what all these people are working on? I always think, “Maybe my new favorite book is being written in this room right now!”
For the last few weeks, I’ve been going up to strangers in coffee shops and asking them what they are working on. It was pretty intimidating at first. I didn’t want to interrupt their work, I’m not used to starting conversations with strangers, and strangers don’t look very inviting when they’re staring at their computers. But it was a great experience. I learned that people really like talking about their work and that they are aching for a connection with other creative people.
Meet Tricia Alexandro
Below are her answers to the three questions I’ve been asking writers in coffee shops.
Tricia Alexandra writing at The Queens Kickshaw.
Me: What are you working on?
Tricia: “A short film about a couple taking a trip to Paris. It’s one of those trips you take thinking it’s going to solidify your relationship but instead it reveals all the cracks.”
M: What’s your next stage and what do you need to get there?
T: “I want to be paid for my work. I want more exposure and a writing community. I find that kind of support is imperative for getting to the next level because those kinds of people inspire you and also hold you accountable. When you see the consistency of other people, and the fact that they’re making a go at it on a daily basis, that encourages me. And you also share resources when you have a community.”
M: What does a writer need?
T: “I think self-compassion is probably the best thing to have as a writer because most of your first drafts and even fifth drafts are going to be shitty. Also curiosity about what’s going on around you. Be gentle on yourself and persevere.”
This conversation was such a great affirmation of what I’m doing with my organization, Writers Work. I’m proud to be creating a supportive community to help writers develop their craft, career, and community. I’m hosting my FIFTH conference on Saturday, April 9 and it’s going to be a great place to find a community as well as get inspired and informed. I hope you can come and spread the word.
*** As a side note, I’m still working on the film. We’re in the audition process for cinematographers and actors. I will be writing about it soon, but in the meantime you can get more updates by liking the Lily and Mara facebook page.***