I have good news to share today! Matthew from Toronto’s WILDsound Writer’s Festival informed me that the Gravel Heart script has been awarded 2015 Best Short Screenplay and will receive a staged reading with professional actors in front of a live audience later this month. Thanks, Matt!
It’s always nice to “win” something, of course, but I don’t value awards in and of themselves. Sometimes they can be a barometer of sorts that at least something about a project is resonating with people. So it’s great to hear that the next slated project is connecting in some small way with audiences – at least so far. And hopefully our team can continue to build on that throughout production and editing.
The screenplay for Gravel Heart continues to evolve as our project team forms and the script gets honed and prepped for production. We will augment the reading in Toronto with a staged workshop reading of our own here in Georgia – also scheduled for this month. I feel our last film, Gift, could have been stronger if I’d workshopped the screenplay with actors before filming. So that’s what we plan to do with all new screenplays going forward whenever possible. I was tweaking the script and removing superfluous dialogue as recently as this morning.
But I’m happy the screenplay is getting out there and that festivals are responding to it.
I am still keenly interested in finding some producers in the Atlanta area or the southeast to help bring this film to fruition. I’d like to launch a crowdfunding campaign this summer, and there’ll be lots of work to do around that. If you’d like to be a member of the funding team, please get in touch and be a part of grassroots indie filmmaking in the southeast.