Why our newest associate producer came aboard

We were knee-deep in the weeds, burning up the Internet yesterday in our quest to generate more support (financial and otherwise) for Goodbye, NOLA. One of our messages lands on the computer screen of Mark S. Weller. He replies with “I’ll take a look at your Indiegogo campaign.”

A few minutes later, we get a rapid series of Facebook DMs. They read like this:

Right in my wheelhouse –
i like stories about families handling the end of life process in an affirming way
and if it’s not a fiction – all the better
plus New Orleans
so it’s just great

This was followed by an email from Indiegogo and Fractured Atlas (our nonprofit partner) letting us know that Mark just became an associate producer.

We appreciate his generosity because it’s the kind of financial support necessary to make an indie film. But you know what’s just as cool? The enthusiasm. The passion. The connection that our story made. That’s why we need to make this movie.

Production team gears up for battle

With just three weeks before cameras roll, some of the production team grab equipment and protective gear. Last night’s session included a review of storyboards created by production designer Joe Sikoryak and discussion about camera setups, equipment wish lists and sound collection.

After an excellent Italian spread with just a bit of wine, the team took advantage of cinematographer Chris Rassmussen’s screening room to view the pilot episode of Treme because, if you’re going to be shooting a great movie in a great city, you can never get too much visual inspiration.

Pictured (from left to right): Director of photography Chris Rasmussen, production designer Joe Sikoryak, sound designer Stan Ng and director Scotty Cornfield.

Chris Rasmussen, Joe Sikoryak, Stan Ng and Scotty Cornfield in pre-production meeting (5/1/16)
Chris Rasmussen, Joe Sikoryak, Stan Ng and Scotty Cornfield in pre-production meeting (5/1/16)