1. Who is this project for?
Anyone is welcome to apply, but mainly it is aimed at those who are interested in a career as a producer, writer, journalist, director, actor, camera operator, etc.
2. How will this help my career?
The biggest catch-22 in Hollywood is that to get anywhere you need to be already experienced, willing to work for months or even years as an unpaid intern ("gopher"), or study at film school for a long time and get lucky. Otherwise it helps to be rich.
Here you are getting genuine credits that you can use as leverage to help you get your foot in the door. It won't move mountains for you, but it will make the task of getting face time with important people easier. That's mainly what this is about.
3. What else would be standing in my way?
Movie careers are competitive, and hard to get. You can be turned away for being too old, too young, too disabled, too ugly, too beautiful, or any other excuse you can think of.
Yet not everyone gets turned away. There are plenty of "ugly fat old people" in Hollywood with successful careers. So what makes the difference? Simply it is experience and connections. If you have these, people are willing to talk to you.
4. Where is the project being staged?
We have two locations. One is in Asia, the other is in Mexico. You will probably only work on one of these locations, but the opportunity to work at both may arise. We're not sure yet.
5. When is the project being staged?
The Asian phase of the project is expected to be commencing from April through June, and the Mexican phase is expected to be commencing from August through October. Each participant should ideally be able to contribute 30 days of their time to the project, but if you are only able to contribute less days, we'll still try to work out something that works to include you if we can.
6. Can I contribute more than 30 days?
Yes, provided you will be arriving before the final 30 days of each project phase.
7. Will I be paid for my work?
Not in the sense of earning a salary, no. You'll be a partner in the project and entitled to a share of any income produced, if there is any. If you're doing it for the money, you're doing it for the wrong reason. It's all about improving your future prospects, so you can get into other projects that do pay well.
8. Are there any fees or costs?
Yes. You will need to make a financial contribution to the project as payment for your share, and the amount depends on which location. These payments can be paid in installments, so if you're not in a position to pay it all at once, that's OK, we'll work something out with you that works.
The fee is different depending on where you particpate and for how much time. The table below is a guide to the expected fees. It does not include cost of travel from your home country.
|Less than 31 days||$2500||$5500|
|31 to 44 days||$2900||$6000|
|45 to 59 days||$3200||$6500|
|60 to 74 days||$3600||$7000|
|More than 74 days||$4000||$7500|
This might seem expensive, but it's actually really cheap, and all of it is going to help cover the costs of production, which are not inconsiderable.
7. What is the standard of the accommodations like?
There may be a few days here and there where the accomoodation is comfortable. Most of the time, however, expect it to be rough. We'll do the best we can, but luxuries will not be in abundance.
8. What is the standard of food like?
Again, there won't be many days of luxury meals. Because we're getting off the beaten track a bit, some of the time we'll most likely have home cooked meals provided by locals. These meals won't be anything special, and could be a bit monotonous.
9. What is the cost of travel to the location?
We can't anticipate costs for every home country. As a general guide, one way fares from Australia to our Asian staging location in April will cost between AUD $150 and $200. Fares from the US will cost between USD $400 and $500. Flights from the UK are expected to cost between GBP £240 and £350.
10. Will you hire me after the project is completed?
Maybe. If we love your work and we have a vacancy, the possibility is there. Really it depends on a lot of factors, but to put it simply, we're more likely to work with people on future projects when we've already worked with them before. Working with us on a major project would mean relocating for a much longer period of time.