A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Eleven: The City

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GalsGudie3x3v2A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie is a new weekly written series by Erin Bagwell. To view the whole series click here.

Part Eleven: The City

Once interviews were completed I sent Mary Perrino, our Director of Photography all around New York City with her AC, Francesca Kustra. I wanted to get a full picture of where these women were living and running their businesses so I sent these gals all around the island: Upper West side to get picturesque shots of Central Park, Times Square to get the obnoxious midtown bustle, the Lower West Side to get effortlessly cool cobblestone streets- I wanted the film to feel like it was embedded in the history and hustle of the city. For fear of sounding like cliche film student, I won’t say I wanted New York to be another character in the film, but I just did so there you go. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Ten: The Interviews

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Part Ten: The Interviews

The first day on set I woke up ready to rock. This was it, this was the day I would walk on my first feature length film set as a real director.

And gals, was I ready? You already know the answer— Hell ya, I was! Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Eight: The Wildcard

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Part Eight: The Wildcard

After Marie Forleo’s newsletter went out, and our Kickstarter campaign was funded I got hundreds of emails from people all around the world wanting to support the film. One of those emails was from a Canadian gal named Komal Minhas. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Seven: The Crew

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Part Seven: The Crew

Looking back, making the video to accompany the Kickstarter campaign was a nightmare.

It started out well enough. I met the two women I hired to produce the video on Feminist Wednesday. They were super talented young feminists, who had been making movies for their own production company. I really liked them, and hired them to help me film three interviews for the Kickstarter trailer. Let’s call them Joyce and Barbara. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Six: The Money

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Part Six: The Money

On August 29th I rolled out of bed with mascara streaked across my face.

After my dinner date with Sal we went out dancing. And when I say dancing I mean dancing. It was one of those nights where you just try to leave it all on the dance floor. Like a whirling dervish summoning energy for the DJ to change my luck. And my luck was definitely about to change. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Five: The Mogul

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Part Five: The Mogul

Sal and I took the night off on August 28th, 2014.

I had been working nonstop to try to raise the money for our Kickstarter campaign and I was utterly exhausted. We had raised $38K in three weeks but we still needed about $20K to reach our goal, and we only had four days left to do it.

It was safe to say at this point, I didn’t think we would make our goal. I was starting to feel really deflated and it was heartbreaking to know that despite doing my best, it wasn’t good enough. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Four: The Kickstarter

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Part Four: The Kickstarter

Kickstarter seemed like a good idea. All I had to do was make a trailer for the film I wanted to create and raise $57K in 30 days through online marketing to make the campaign a success, or all the money would be returned to our backers and my dream would be dead. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Three: The Window

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Part Three: The Window

In Dream, Girl Mariama Camara says opportunity is “like a door, you come, you knock- and if it doesn’t open you break it.”

A couple of months before the new year I put out feelers to find my job, but nothing really manifested. I went on a couple of interviews but nothing clicked. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Two: The Fear

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Part Two: The Fear

Once the idea has graced you with it’s presence it doesn’t take long before the fear to set in. The fear of the unknown, the fear of being laughed at, the fear of being misunderstood, the fear it’s not good enough, and the fear of logistics- how do I even get this thing started? Continue reading…