As I sit here typing away, I’m drawn to think of the journey of other film makers and how they transitioned from being interested in watching film (and/or film making) to actually ‘doing it’. My journey on this life changing experience has just begun, however, I am learning along the way that I still have a long way to go.
I’m quite sure that there are many independent film makers that have struggled to get their projects on the big screen. I’ve heard stories of people mortgaging their homes, borrowing against their 401K (which I have done), working 2 or 3 jobs to fund their projects, failing with crowd funding campaigns, maxing out credit cards and the list goes on. So I took a moment to wonder, why is it so difficult for new talented film makers to get noticed and the opportunity to have their work seen on the big screen? We all know that when you first start out on anything, there is a learning process (training period) then there is a time when you actually have to get to work. I’m ready!
The journey from idea to distribution is a long, grueling process. So far, (and mind you I just got started) I have had the wonderful opportunity to write, develop, create and now produce a project that I honestly believe in.
Elevator Pitch: A modern-day gladiator battles in the ring against world-class opponents and
outside the ring against his true nature, but even after killing a man in front of a national
audience, he realizes that his toughest opponent all along has been his conscience.
This story is a story that has inspired me for many years and welcomed me into the independent film making community.
*an animal, person, or object offered in a sacrifice.
This is a word that I have truly been able to not only experience, but also, I have seen too many people use as an excuse to give up on their goals and dreams. The Main Event…in America has taught me that when you truly believe in something, everyday you have to choose whether or not you will continue to sacrifice, or succeed. I always choose to succeed.
Once the sacrifice has been made, what is the next step? Is it more sacrifice? Or, are there angels out there that will come to the rescue. At this point in my newborn film making career, I can’t answer that. All I can do is pray that the angels out there will acknowledge that there are many people in different careers, professions, jobs, etc. that are making sacrifices for not only themselves, but for others.
If you believe in the story, take a moment and support “The Main Event…in America” on Indiegogo.com. There’s only 25 days left! $1 makes a difference.
Thanks for your support.
http://igg.me/at/themaineventinamerica/x/163592 (Indiegogo Link)
– A.W. McKnight