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

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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 17: 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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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 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…

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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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 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…