Okay. After four years of writing scripts and receiving no substantial option offers from Hollywood (I'm Canadian but live in Denmark, which doesn't help matters much), I decided to write a low-budget script, film it myself with my friends for crew and actors in Denmark, then use it as a calling card in the States...or so I thought.
I managed to round up about 20 grand by selling everything I owned. Then, by chance, I walked by a prodco's office and decided to go in and introduce myself. They were so impressed with my enthusiasm for my project, and my "I'm making this film no matter what" attitude, that they immediately optioned my script (for nothing) with my condition that the film be in production within six months with whatever money raised by then (because I always had my 20,000 to fall back on in case they couldn't come up with anything).
Sure enough, though, they raised a very respectable amount in that short period of time. They could have got ten times more if I would have made the film in Danish, but it had to be in English if I was going to use it as my calling card.
Anyway, it turned out to be much more than a calling card when I was able to get professional actors and crew with the money they did end up raising, plus all the equipment and lighting I required. We wrapped principle photography last month and we also signed a distributor.
The film will be released in the theaters in selected European cinemas, and with any luck, it will make it over to the 2006 festivals in North America.
So in conclusion, don't take no for an answer. Ever. If you want it bad enough, go make it happen.
Hope someone can use this as inspiration.
- very proud writer/director of "Himmerland"
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