Hello everyone and welcome to THE LOT film website! Thank you so much for checking us out. Although the website is new, we have been working on this project for over a year now, and are thrilled to give you an update on our current status.
Pre-production on the film is very much underway, and we are just over a month away from filming! What does that mean exactly? Let us tell you...
After holding auditions back in April, we are officially fully cast! Casting is such an integral part of making a film, and it is only when you officially have your cast when the film begins to come to life. We could not be happier with all of the local New Orleans talent that came out and wanted to be a part of our film. Big thanks to our casting director Jacques Soudelier for the successful auditions! Be sure to check out the cast section of our website to learn more about our cast.
We have also been working hand in hand with Baakir Tyehimba who is the owner of Blackstar Café where we will be filming. Baakir's efforts to create a park for kids on the the lot in 2007 is the true story our film is based upon. It was his act of stepping out to help that started it all. Needless to say, his generosity is never ending and just as he stepped out 7 years ago, he is stepping out again to help us through this entire process.
Our crew is shaping up as a solid, talented and passionate group of people. Including our Director of Photography, Production Design Team, and Costume Designer, who are hard at work finalizing the look for the film. Everything from exploring camera options, to building set pieces, to sketches costumes; our crew continues to work tirelessly. Part of finalizing the look of the film will include a teaser trailer that we are shooting next weekend. The trailer will be a way for us to show everyone what our plans are for the film visually, in addition to get our audience excited for what is in store for the film....like all trailers!
The trailer, along with another video introducing our films story and our crew, will be filmed to put on our crowd-funding campaign. That's right; in just a few weeks we will be launching a kickstarter to help fund the film! Of course by that we mean help pay for all our essentials like equipment, food, gas, and even water. Our entire crew and everyone involved are donating their time and talent for free because they believe in this project and the idea of being a part of something great that will inspire others.
Funding for a film like this is so important in allowing us not only to have the support to tell the story the way we feel it needs to be told, but also to support all of the crew who are working for free.
As each day passes our film progresses more and more, so make sure to stay tuned for updates, including the days leading up to our big kickstarter launch!!
The Lot Film Crew