Hi! This is going to be a somewhat discordant blog post, because I am going to be talking to two audiences. Some of you know me, either personally or from the cooking blog that I wrote for just over two years. But another group--hopefully soon to be the larger group--got here from Kickstarter.
You see, I enjoyed writing about food, I truly did. Might even pick it back up down the road. Yet I want something more. I want to make a movie. Now, if I had grown up in a different era, this could well be a pipe dream. I'm married with two kids and a full-time job. I can't drop everything and go to Hollywood, or even to film school. But in the internet age, that isn't as much of an issue.
The great thing about this model is that I know Ryan (my partner on this project) and I can do it. We've had some luck meeting good people in the Boise community who are willing to act on this thing for a pittance, and--while I don't want to spoil it yet--the original theme we had composed for the credit sequence is quite impressive. All we need is the money to put it together. Christopher Nolan made a feature for only $6,000 ("Following"), so our fundraising goal of $2,500 should help us get the tools we need to make a pretty entertaining short film.
So here's where my narrative splits:
If you came here from Kickstarter, I thank you for your interest in our project. I will continue to update this site with details on the project as they develop. I know the resources I have provided for you to view are thin at present, but we will not disappoint you.
If you got here from Facebook, Twitter, my cooking blog, or any other source, please check out my Kickstarter. Anything helps, and I don't just mean your money. Sharing the project, talking about it with your friends, even donating a box of 2XL flannel shirts that we can soak in fake blood if we don't make our funding goal (because we will make this happen, even if it takes years of old fashioned scraping things together) will get us closer to making "Checkmate" into something you can watch.
Thank you all!