What The Cooksta' has been upto
During lockdown (number one in March 2020) I spent a lot of time networking and setting the the foundations.
But before all that...
Carla previously wrote a script called Brotherlidge, this was the first project we could get our teeth into. I did the art and design work for the graphic work for a provisional cover:
I began to network which opened doors for us with film producers and established actors in the industry.
Development stages are gradually coming together with celebrity names already* attached and locations provisionally interested.
I struggle with reading especially scripts so I asked Carla to read but act out the characters that was in her script, we discovered this was an amazing way to do script readings in meetings .
We meet a few people along this journey who became extremely interested especially when Carla used her acting skills in doing the reading of the script, it certainly set a good example with investors.
At this point we are expanding our network so that we can get this project into production.
Carla then had a great idea that she would reach out to a contact that she had met a few years prior, a world wide referee by the name of Ian-John Lewis, as himself and Mark Heffernan (Writer) had published Ian's Autobiography in 2013** and she was keen to find out if the was a way of us getting involved with the production side of things and they were more then happy for WIF&E to come on board with the project.
I started networking on social media reaching out to all worldwide film related groups and it came to pass that we was approached by a production company in New Orleans...that’s when the intense work began !
We worked on a pitch deck, filmed the sizzler teaser trailer and interview with Ian-John Lewis and Mark Heffernan, all on NO BUDGET, the outcome was great!
I spent hours and days working around the clock with researching and getting to know IJL personally .
I was enjoying being a part in the production and learned so much on how film producing develops .
The pitch deck was finalised and ready in only 6 weeks, which I have heard it can normally take upto 6 months! I’m not surprised as we all become very obsessed and dedicated in completing this.
We was able to get professional boxers* and actors interested in being apart of this project.
The company in New Orleans didn't work out logistically so we moved on. We have to keep it moving (unless a contract is signed no point in hanging around)
We are currently submitting to film fund institutions to enable to produce it under the WIF&E umbrella.