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New Website

June 7, 2011

Hello all!

Many thanks for all your support over the last year as I travel, work and write. It’s come time, however, to change things up a little. As a result, I’ve launched a new website:

www.stevensirski.com

I am still trying to figure out how to post pictures, but I hope to have that done shortly. I’ve tried to clean things up a little for easier navigation. Please let me know if I’ve been successful or if something needs to be changed.

If you have any suggestions, please contact me at stevensirski [at] gmail [dot] com. I’d be more than happy to talk/chat/email with you.

As for this site, I will keep it active for now, but will stop updating it shortly.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Steve

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The Musician – Update #3

October 5, 2010

There’s no easy way to put this, but my proposed feature film project for 2010 will have to be put on hold. Things didn’t come together the way I expected them to. I’m not sad or angry, nor disappointed or depressed about it. As a matter of fact, I’m okay with the project being pushed off for a little while longer simply because I learned so much this summer. Let me explain what I’ve been up to.

I’ve been reading and writing profusely over the last two months. I’ve been studying finance, other people’s scripts, and how to write stories (you’d think I’d know already!) Furthermore, I’ve kept busy with this blog which I hope you find a bit entertaining or informative. I’ve gone through The Musician‘s script again, breaking it down to its fundamentals, and started another script, a ghost story. I’ve also written some guest posts for a travel website, Art of Backpacking, which you can view here and here. And the short film I made in Korea has been featured on the same website, you can see that here. Lastly, I’ve moved up to Dauphin to work on my uncle’s farm. So things kinda moved in a different direction.

The story is simply not ready, and giving it a little more time will allow it to grow a little more. Although I don’t expect my first film to be on the level of James Cameron, George Lucas, or Steven Spielberg, I do expect that it would be watchable and entertaining.

Yes, it’s a disappointing thing to push off this film but it will get done it due time.

In the meantime, I’ve posted some videos of my work on Vimeo. One short film, Coffee and Milk (the same one mentioned above) and I’ll be releasing another short film in a little bit (it’s my first EVER short film… uh oh!) and that one’s called The Five Muses. There are some videos of me drumming there too.

Many thanks for all of your support!!

The Musician – Update 2

July 5, 2010

Back in Winnipeg and visiting friends and family. Talked to a few people about the project and I’m motivated to get this done. If it doesn’t get done, I’ll be going to Saudi Arabia to teach English.

Received some feedback about the 3rd draft. Need to do a 4th. I think musicians will like the movie and understand many parts of it, but I’d like to offer non-musicians some insight into what musicians go through.

I’ve asked one of my cousins if she and her son would want to take part in the movie. 3 scenes, a mother video taping her son playing guitar, drums, piano, etc. Looking for a mother-son duo, don’t need to be pro actors at all.

What’s the budget? In my mind, $50,000. “WOW Steve, that’s a LOT of money!” Yes, but that includes:

1) $20,000 for the soundtrack (12 songs, all original, professionally recorded at a studio, mixing, mastering, honorarium for musicians involved, printed CDs, booklets, etc.)

2) $21,000 for the actual production (camera rental, crew, editing, props, DVD copies, printed script booklet (maybe?), etc.)

3) About $9,000 for marketing (movie poster, postcards, adverts, magnets (maybe?), preview copies, etc.).

Looking to shoot HD, maybe a 3 week shoot total, possibly less. I’d like most people to get paid for this project, albeit discounted rates 😦

I want to post the project online at kickstarter.com. That way you can pledge money but not commit until the financial goal is reached. Trouble is, I don’t know what incentives to offer to donors. I need some feedback on this, so if you could please have a look and suggest an incentive per price category: $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000. $1000 is already a producer credit, but maybe you’ll want more? Please let me know by posting comments below.

Oh yea, what’s the movie about? It’s about a musician trying to understand his gift of music. I will post a larger synopsis shortly and maybe some rough sketches of what’s going on. If it helps, I want to do a script reading soon, so if you have some free time and want to read a script out loud, let me know and we’ll set up a date and time.

The Musician – Update 1

June 13, 2010

The script is now in it’s 3rd draft.

I have some ideas for marketing the project, including busking and attending some film festivals this summer (I’ve submitted The Five Muses to a few film festivals but have yet to receive any confirmation). In regard to the busking, if you want to join me on the streets of Canada this summer to help raise cash for the project, I’ll give you a great big hug and put your name in the credits.

I will be putting up some cash for this project, but I’m looking to have this project crowd-funded. I’ll be posting more info as the project develops, so if you want to donate to this project, please send me an email at stevensirski@gmail.com. There will be different levels of donations available, something like this: $10 will get you a hug from me or a digital copy or something like that, $20 a copy of the finished DVD or the soundtrack, $30 a copy of the finished DVD and your name in the credits, $50, etc. $1000 or more and we can talk about you getting credit for being a producer on the project. I’ll find out how to post a Paypal link within the next couple of weeks.

One of my friends has expressed interest in working on the soundtrack, we’re aiming to hit the studio by August. I’m actually almost more excited about the soundtrack than the movie itself. The script combines a lot of my musical interests: rock, jazz, Ukrainian, electronica, beat boxin’ and some world percussion.

Also trying to find an artist to work on the movie poster which I hope to have done sometime by the end of June. I thought I could get it done while travelling through Asia, but none of the artists were willing to do it. They were afraid of the language barrier.

The opening credits will be a short film, tentatively titled “The Life of a Musician”. I’m in talks with a flash animation artist to get it done. It should run about 2-3 minutes in length, black and white, stick figure flash animation.

That’s all for now. First feature!

The Musician

April 16, 2010

Some information about my first feature film to be shot this summer in Canada.


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