A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part 20: The White House

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Part 20: The White House

E etting the film done for the White House was nothing short of a miracle. The week before we finalized the edit I had both a sinus infection and the flu. I remember sitting in the doctor’s office when they told me and said to them (with tears in my eyes) that I was going to the White House and they needed to give me every and any drug imaginable to get my health back on track. I was both physically and emotionally drained, and I wasn’t the only one. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part 19: The Blackout

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Part 19: The Blackout

I have started and stopped writing this chapter a few times because if I’m being totally honest with you gals I don’t want to write this chapter. Finishing this film was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life and even reflecting on it is giving me all kinds of creative post-traumatic stress. They always say the last mile is the hardest, and they couldn’t have been more right. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part 18: The Oprah

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Part 18: The Oprah

After Komal’s diagnosis it’s fair to say the morale of the Dream, Girl team was pretty crushed. We were in the midst of re-editing the movie, floating in a sea of never-ending footage, and I was trying to figure out how to navigate this new phase of Komal’s health both as a friend and as a business partner. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part 17: The Cancer

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Part 17: The Cancer

In the midst of re-starting the film, and editing like crazy, Komal and I realized that she needed to move to New York. Events, meetings, promotional opportunities, and the like all happened in the city and if she couldn’t get on a plane she would miss them. After a long application process, she got her Visa for KoMedia and moved five blocks away from me in Park Slope. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part 16: The Executive Producers

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Part 16: The Executive Producers

After my honeymoon, I felt rejuvenated and relaxed. To make matters more exciting on the way home from St. Lucia I got an email from Clinique asking me if I wanted to attend the red carpet premiere of Ricki and the Flash for their #smartideas campaign. I walked through customs crying and squealing “MERYL!” It felt like everything was moving forward in a beautiful way for the film. I was excited to get back into the editing suite with Francesca to finally finish Dream, Girl. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part 15: The Wedding

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Part Fifteen: The Wedding

With Joanne’s investment on it’s way to the bank, Francesca and I kept focusing on creative and plugging away at our rough cut. Komal hired two girls, Diana Matthews and Kylie Kendall part-time to help us build out our strategy for distributing the film. Once the film was complete we would need a full-time team to handle coordination and sales with hosts. For the moment, Dream, Girl seemed to be on track to finish in a few months, and we could start planning our release. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part 14: The Angel Investor

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Part Fourteen: The Angel Investor

In April 2015 Dream, Girl had been in production full-time for eight months. During that time on our $100K budget we: payed a full time production team of five girls for three weeks (around $23K), paid for rental equipment on and off for five months ($19K), filmed all our interviews in rented spaces ($3K), filmed addition imagery of the entrepreneurs at their homes/offices/around the city ($4K), hired an editor ($3K/month), paid Komal and I a “salary” month to month ($2,200/each), paid the Mighty Oak animation team out of Brooklyn to hand craft imagery for the film ($28K), paid our executive producers to consult us on crafting the story ($12K/each). Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Thirteen: The Post-Production Team

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Part Thirteen: The Post-Production Team

When I first started on the Dream, Girl journey I had no idea the energy and the attention we would get. Once the Kickstarter campaign earned $100K my profile was projected into this incredible space where people wanted to hear more from me and why I was making this film. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Twelve: The Office

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Part Twelve: The office

When I first got funding to make Dream, Girl, I didn’t factor in a place to work on the film. I figured I could work and edit in my one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. However after about five months of being at home, I started to go insane. Some people are work from home people, some people are not. I am the latter. Continue reading…