Screenwriting Update: Robbing The Bank

bank vaultModern Philosophers, it’s time to post an update on the Screenwriting side of things.

I chatted tonight with Matthias, the Producer/Director, who plans to bring my screenplay, .33 Reverse Gunther, to the big screen.

The script is a black comedy about a bank teller who hires a gang of homicidal thugs to rob his branch.  Oddly enough, things go horribly wrong with the supposedly flawless plan and chaos ensues.

I asked Matthias how things were going with the budget, and he said he felt comfortable making the movie for $1.5M.  I cracked a joke that we could add color and sound if he came up with another million.

Matthias countered that he would be able to shoot it in 3D if we had $3M.  He quickly got serious, though, and added that 3D trickery wasn’t necessary for Gunther because the flick would be all about the great writing.

That, my friends, is how a Producer/Director earns the Screenwriter’s undying loyalty.  It really is all about the script.  The screenplay attracts talent and financing.  If there isn’t a great story, there isn’t going to be a movie.

cashIt completely blows my mind that a product of my imagination could entice people to fork over a seven digit budget to bring the story to life.  That’s a very humbling concept, and I just got chills again typing that sentence.

How could I not see that as an incredible show of faith in my storytelling skills?  I entertain you, Modern Philosophers, for free on a daily basis, and love knowing that I make you laugh and you keep coming back for more.  But just think about it…if Gunther gets made at the low estimate of a $1.5M budget, that’s 50 years of my current salary.

It boggles the mind.  My Deep Thoughts are sprinkled with dollar signs, and it’s raining Benjamins up in the champagne room of my brain.

Matthias asked me to remind you, Modern Philosophers, how important you are going to be to the film’s success.  I plan to keep a production diary via the blog, and we would love it if you spread the word about the movie, shared the posts with friends on social media, and assisted us in a grassroots word of mouth advertising campaign.

TypeI cannot wait to tell you all about the project, and will share as much as I’m allowed to as often as possible.

Keep your fingers crossed that there is an official green light on the project soon.  Get used to hearing that title, .33 Reverse Gunther, on this blog.

Thanks, as always, for your support!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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14 Responses to Screenwriting Update: Robbing The Bank

  1. I hope it turns out well for you. Also, I can’t wait until the production diary. I should seriously not be geeking out this much, but it sounds cool.

  2. Congrats! Your Deep Thoughts are sprinkled with dollar signs…mine are different. They are sprinkled with cent signs as my first book (Of Mice and Menopause) is about to be self-published.

  3. cat9984 says:

    That’s wonderful! Congratulations!!

  4. floridaborne says:

    When you become rich and famous, your blog will be so popular your present blog enthusiasts will be lost in the crowd. On the other hand, when your script wins an award I can point to you and say, “I know that guy….s blog. 🙂

    • Austin says:

      I don’t think I would ever forget the “regulars” who have been with this blog for a very long time and comment and like my every day posts. You don’t need to worry about that. I’m very loyal to those who stick with me. 🙂

  5. I think that’s marvelous! It’s like writing a book. There are thousands out there, some well written, some garbage. But in the long run it’s good writing that gets the job done. Proud of you. Will spread the word at your command — er, at your request!

  6. ksbeth says:

    i’m excited for you and you deserve it so enjoy every moment. )

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