Ms. Whitney French is a long-time friend and collaborator with my-self and my producing partner, Anita Abbasi. This past weekend we followed Whitney as she took her typewriter – an actual typewriter – to the streets of Kensington Market to compose poetry for the public. Three dollars got you an honest-to-goodness French original poem, which she recited upon completion.
Whitney is energetic, endlessly imaginative, and engaging. It is always a joy to watch her work. The marvel of an analogue technology in this modern, iPhone-toting day delighted many who were drawn to the machine and the woman behind the machine as she wrote tirelessly throughout the day. With a three-word contribution on behalf of the patron to help get things humming and a little patience, Whitney wrote poem after poem; by far our favourite was a comical ode to poutine, which had us in stitches.
During the event Anita and I shot some footage for a short documentary project about Whitney’s busking experience. The footage turned out great with Whitney’s personality and candid demeanor shinning through. We’re excited to continue shooting at the next opportunity and capture more of Whitney’s charm and joie de vivre!
The film is complete and had an unofficial screening for cast and crew earlier this week. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely and were thrilled with the final product.
Above is a clip from early in the film. We were fortunate to have Matthew Cerantola in Montreal finish the mix for us (in addition to serving as a sound editor) and Conor Fisher of Alter Ego in Toronto, to grade the image.
We have raised 2k thus far in our campaign to fund our film, The Talent Scout. With 11 days remaining in the campaign, we still need to raise 4k to make budget. Tell your friends, tell your family; there are some great perks to he had at all contribution levels.
A great big thank you to our contributors for their support and to our future contributors, too!
Anita and I organized a wine+cheese table read with our cast over the weekend. It was the first time the cast was assembled in one room and there was a great energy to the event. Everyone settled in nicely into their respective roles, bringing a unique voice to their character. After the first read through it became clear, that the project had become more than an abstract idea; it was now a very real thing.
The Talent Scout is well into pre-production and with a cast and crew in place, we’re turning to the internet – 21st century’s go-to resource – to help us make budget. That’s right, you – dear web user – can make history by contributing to our IndieGoGo campaign. Visit the site to lend your support; see what wonderful perks await handsome, charming contributors like yourself! We have a mere 30 days to reach our target, so every minute counts.