I know, the dates kept changing and some of you probably thought we were just kidding about making a movie in Ravenna. First we said we'd film in July and then we had to push it to Mid-Sept. because we really weren't ready. Some of you may have realized that for the first many months several of us preparing for 'The Boarder' had never actually made a movie before. That's why some of you heard me call the process, “Film making by braille!”-- it has truly been a learn as you go situation.
The entire time, though, we've been trying to attract an experienced Producer to guide us through the process, and then along came Andrew Barahona from Los Angeles. Andres has been making films in the United States and in South America for half his life and once he heard about 'The Boarder' he was hooked, just like the rest of us!
Now we are on the right track, so I can gladly report that we will begin filming our movie on October 11th here in Ravenna. The process has taken a little longer to plan than originally anticipated, but since we signed Andres on, it has taken every moment to make sure we are ready, set, and about to GO!!
As with all movies, especially those low budget, independent films like 'The Boarder,' it is imperative that we get into Ravenna, shoot quickly, and get out as quickly as possible. That can only happen in two ways: 1) every shot, every scene, and every site must be planned in advance. And 2), the cast and crew will work like dogs during the shoot. You're about to see what I'm saying... we will be filming 6 days of every week, with Sunday's off, and we'll be hard at our jobs for at least 12 hours each day.
Andres and I have been working diligently to get our production team working together like a well-oiled machine. The team includes Craig Meyer who helps us with budget and investor matters, Carmen Cabana is our Director of Photography (DP),Cinematographer and Editor, and Zac Heath our Line Producer. Zac will be one of the first to arrive in Ravenna, about September 25th, to meet everyone and to help complete the preparations. The rest of the crew and major actors will begin arriving about October 9 and 10, and will be ready to go at 8a.m. on October 11th!
Earlier in the process, 'The Boarder' screenplay won several awards Nationwide, and we anticipate GREAT things from this movie, one that will be well done and worth every ache and pain in putting it together! Making a movie is no easy feat, as you can see, and we need – and will be totally Grateful for -- all the help we can get! Please see below the items we still need to complete the project:
The Boarder Food Pantry - containers are placed around town to collect food items that will be used to provide meals for the cast, crew, and volunteers. At the end, any extra food items will be donated to Ravenna's Food Pantry. Any and all food items will be appreciated.
Big food items – including chickens, pork and beef to feed the crowds will also be appreciated and those donating big items such as these will be given Film Credits.
Vehicles – We need 3 RV's to be used for makeup/ wardrobe as well as dressing rooms for men and women. The RV's will remain in Ravenna for the shoot with one exception... they will be taken to Grand Island for one scene that will be shot at St. Francis Medical Center. Also, Pick up trucks are needed to help us get cast and crew and their baggage from Omaha to Ravenna and back, and to move items for scenes around town. All vehicles will be completely insured and those volunteering vehicles will be provided gasoline and Film Credits.
Caterer – One or two people are needed to oversee meal menus and preparations for the cast, crew, and volunteers during the shoot, generally about 40 to 50 people, Monday thru Saturday. The person would need to be organized, work well with people, and help volunteers cook noon meals that will be prepared and served at Ravenna's United Methodist Church. You will be trained and supported by many to make sure all are fed well while a guest in Ravenna, and receive Film Credits and daily meals.
Homestay rooms in Ravenna homes to house cast and crew members from out of town. Some cast members will be in town for only a few days, some for several days. Crew members will be here for the entire shoot, but will be working long hours, so need a place to have dinner and sleep. Hosts will receive some food items and will get Film Credits, and the pleasure of meeting new friends.
If you're interested in helping with 'The Boarder' please contact Mrs. Debra Reimers, Mrs. Marty Russell or me, at 308-383-8442 or email@example.com.
Thank you from my heart and God bless! Jane Ryan