Status Report for Red Keep Productions!

Greetings all!

It’s been quite a while since our last posting activity and we’d like to apologize for that. Since our Indiegogo Campaign, we have been taking long, hard looks at what direction we need to go in order to run not just a successful campaign, but to make the best film we can produce for everyone to enjoy!

Right now, after taking in the feedback we have gotten privately from you guys and the public, we’re leaning towards focusing on making a film and save the documentary for a later date when we can end up funding that ourselves.

What does this mean for the few that did contribute to our Indiegogo campaign? Well, you’ll still get the perks you purchased had the contributions went through, the ones that hadn’t gone through yet, well, you haven’t actually spent the money, so no worries! Either it’ll go back to you, or should it go through, we’ll honour the contribution package with a small added token of appreciation for your support.

So what’s next?
Over the next few months, we will be going over the screenplays that we have, checking which of them we could feasibly do with minimal funding, work up a production document, and launch our new Kickstarter campaign for it rather than Indiegogo which was – from what we were told – a big reason people didn’t jump in to contribute. People prefer to use Kickstarter and now that it’s available in Canada, we’ll be using that for the foreseeable future as far as our film production fundraising goes.

I’d like to personally thank everyone that has supported me in my pursuit to make my films. It means a great deal to me to have you all here with me at the starting line and I will not forget each and every one of you when it’s red carpet time. 

See you on the silver screen!
Jay Bianco
Founder, Red Keep Productions

Video Update? Possibly!

Greetings!

As you may know if you’re following along, we’re now at 29 days left for the campaign. Less than one month to go to try and raise the funds needed for this campaign.

And with that and the suggestion of my writer (and wife!), I’ve been considering a video update to where we’re at and what we’re doing. So keep your eyes here on this site, because if and when it’s done and uploaded, you’ll hear about it right here first!

Thank you all for the support!

~Jay

More Twittering and Validation!

Greetings!

As you’ve all read, last night I did my usual Twitter-Social-Climbing. And we’ve had some successes in the support department! @TheNerdOnline, @cosplayblog, @Bardic_ (PvP Lead for Wildstar) retweeted our campaign link to the world! Well, to their followers, but that’s the world! I also found Kevin Smiths views on people like him and Spike Lee using Kickstarter to fund their films when they can very well do it themselves being unfair to Indie Filmmakers like myself an incredible view, very thankful for that, so I let him know this, and @ThatKevinSmith favourited it! Hey, acknowledgement is huge in this business…of any kind.

It’s deeply appreciated when people out there that HAVE the connections, that HAVE the pull, that know how it feels to push what you’re trying to do day after day, facing what seems like endless rejection when trying to just get the word out….it just means the world when that happens. It validates what you’re doing. And that means quite a bit in this business. There’s no business like show business, kids.

~Jay

Exposure and Contributors

Evening all!

It’s 2:33am, Thursday morning, August 15th, 2013 and I’m wide awake. Yeah, part of me is brain-storming, but a big part of me is networking and virtual-social-climbing my ass off. How do you do that, you ask? Well, by Tweeting as many people / celebrities / Film Production Studios you can think of that you are personally interested in on the off-chance that they’ll LOOK at what you’re doing, and like it enough to either Retweet it (RT), actually click the link and see what it’s about, or maybe, just maybe, like what you’re doing enough to make you their personal pet project. And yes, I feel dirty, I feel bad, but what else is an up-and-coming Filmmaker to do? I have to get exposure, I have to try anything I can to make my film happen and successful, and this is how it’s done, now-a-days, I suppose…

But does it work?

Yes and no. Peter Mayhew (yes, Chewbacca) not only commented on my campaign on Twitter (“looks interesting!”), but he ALSO retweeted it! Too bad my timing as bad and it was during San Diego Comic Con, which means barely many of his 30k followers saw it. So there’s that. But it’s a start! And I’ve just spent the last few hours doing just that.

So! Pass it around, people! We need the contributors and investors! We need the people to get interested in it enough to believe in it enough to contribute, purchase perks, and invest in us!

After all, not everyone is Spike Lee and worth $40 million, but still ask the public for $1.25 million on Kickstarter for the same old crappy film he’s been making for the past decade…..

~Jay

Interview Hunting Begins!

Greetings!

So while the crew has been working on the writing itself, I’ve started contacting various costumers, cos-players and groups that I’d love to make sure we interview and get into this film. As it stands, being a part of The 501st Legion myself, we’re obviously going to interview Legion members. Most if not all 501st members have tons of other costumes from other franchises. We’re not delegated to just doing Star Wars. For example, I’m also working on an Iron Man set of gear to line up a bunch of regularly scheduled children’s hospital and children’s hospice visits. A lot of the Garrison and Squads are part of or started their own costuming groups of different costuming franchises as well, for example The UK Garrison of The 501st Legion also has a group called Reel Icons which consists of several franchise characters like Jack Sparrow, Planet of the Apes and The Avengers to name just a few. So we will be setting up interviews with members of the UK Garrison/Reel Icons. I’ve also been talking to several costumers and cos-players on The Replica Prop Forum (The RPF), and setting up interviews taking place at the various conventions we will be heading out to!

We’re also interview members of The Outer Rim Squad, which is the part of The 501st Legion I’m personally a part of. Within that, we have members that are part of a Comic Book Super Hero group, a Battlestar Galactica group, and The Rebel Legion – the sister organization to The 501st Legion.

We’ll also interview a costuming group that a great friend of mine that I grew up with back in New York! So it’s very exciting to have SO many costumers that are already ready to be a part of this film, be interviewed, tell their stories, show off their great costumes and help make this film the best Costuming and Cos-playing film of all time!

Talk to you soon!!

~J

Updates and Communication

It’s been quite on the “posting update” front, hasn’t it? I’m going to do my best to rectify that!

Right now, the campaign to get this film made is still going, and we have around a month left to go to get the funding we need to at least get started on principal photography, which is a fancy way of saying “start filming”. In the mean time, we’re writing out the kinds of questions we want to ask, so that we can get the best answers and therefore content for the film. We want to go deep into the personalities and personal lives and stories of the costumers and cos-players, so we can make a real impact on the hobby and on the view the world has of the hobby and the people in it.

Like I wrote in the campaign, “it’s not just about great costumes, it’s about great people”, and it really is. And that’s what we want to make sure to capture on film.

Now, while writing is coming along as far as questions, writing for the rest of the film is coming along as well. We’re writing the different parts that we plan to use to delve into any and all controversial topics such as the evolution of terms like “geek” and “nerd” going from being used to bully us and segregating us from everyone else, to terms that are now being accepted and certain people even openly labelling themselves with those terms, the “fake geek girl”, popular media cashing in on “geeks” and “nerds” and costumers, the REAL Women Of Costuming, and the community-dividing “Cosplay =/= Consent” to go into just some of what we plan to deal with. The way that we plan to get into these topics and present them from the perspective of costumers and cos-players so everyone knows where many of us stand on these topics is proving to be a really entertaining way to educate people! We don’t want to be the typical soul crushing snoozefest that usually accompanies the typical documentary!

Now in the start of this post, I mentioned about rectifying the lack of update posts showing where we’re headed and where we’re going. I don’t want to reveal anything just yet because, honestly, I don’t know if it’s something that can be done reliably, so I don’t want to commit myself to something that I just can’t get done, but I do want to ramp up the communication other than the constant promotion and networking I have been doing since the launch of the campaign. Obviously once the campaign is over, and if we have at least some of the funding needed to start filming, there WILL be a CONSTANT stream of updates rolling in, in the forms of written posts and video updates, but it’s from now until we can begin filming where I need to pick up on the updates.

So keep your browser pointed here, head over to the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RedKeepProductions , and my Twitter account – you can follow it by checking it out right on this site on the right hand of the page (realize it’s my personal twitter account, so it doesn’t revolve solely around my films or Red Keep Productions), and keep up on any and all updates coming in!

Talk to you soon!

J~