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  1. #1 DP Needed for Full Length Feature for Fall/Winter 2007 in San Antonio/Austin, TX Area 
    I am still in the planning and pre-production stages of the film, but we will begin shooting later this year. I currently have a deposit for a RED One with an 18-85mm lens, but I would rather hire a DP with a RED One. I am still in the fundraising stage of production. The main reason I would rather higher a DP with a RED One due to article 181 of American Jobs Creation Act that allows sponsors and investors to write off 100% of the funds they contribute to a motion picture shooting in the US as long as 75% of the contributions are paid to the cast and crew. The length of the shoot is in the process of being determined. I was looking at originally shooting with the HD200, but RED is the way to go. The only requirements are that the DP owns and becomes familiar with shooting with a RED One, that that they have a creative eye for motion picture shooting, and that they be flexible during our shooting schedule. The position will be one of the only paid positions. Myself along with the other actors are going to be non-paid or deferred payments. They are very excited about just being part of the project.

    The name of the project is SOLITAIRE and is best described as a Christian Martial Arts Drama. I would prefer not to give details on this board, but please contact me if you would like to know further details about the story and if you would be interested in working with this creative and experimental project that should truly stand out once it has been completed. This project has been in the works for many years and is finally coming into fruition. The lead roles have already been cast, several locations have already been secured with more to come, and I am in the process of storyboarding the script to help with the shoot as well. Please email me if you live in the Austin/San Antonio region and would be interested. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogelio Salinas View Post
    The lead roles have already been cast, several locations have already been secured with more to come, and I am in the process of storyboarding the script to help with the shoot as well.
    Thank God someone still storyboards. I can't tell you how many low-budget indy's I've worked on where the producers only had around like 100k or 200k and there were no storyboards. Every single time it's the same. They hire some half-assed "DP" with questionable credentials, get on set and figure the shots out as they go. It's unbelievable to me. Not only does it waste time on set, but as we all know time is money and money is NOT something indy's are able to waste. The most ironic thing about this is that the studio shoots I've worked on, the one's that probably COULD afford to waste a little more time, DID have storyboards. I believe this is a sign of professionalism and dedication to their craft and the story. No doubt the director's who work on huge studio projects made their way up through their own indy projects, where they probably storyboarded EVERYTHING, so it doesn't surprise me that they are the the ones who rose to the top.

    I just don't understand how someone can invest that much of their livelihood into a project which is supposed to be their baby and not be fully prepared.

    Anyway, just wanted to say that... :) Good luck to you and your film.
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    I really like the shoots where they have the script, they have the storyboards... Then on set they throw them away and re-invent everything as they go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AppliedVisual View Post
    I really like the shoots where they have the script, they have the storyboards... Then on set they throw them away and re-invent everything as they go.
    lol... never experienced that one before... that's funny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogelio Salinas View Post
    I am still in the planning and pre-production stages of the film, but we will begin shooting later this year. I currently have a deposit for a RED One with an 18-85mm lens, but I would rather hire a DP with a RED One. I am still in the fundraising stage of production. The main reason I would rather higher a DP with a RED One due to article 181 of American Jobs Creation Act that allows sponsors and investors to write off 100% of the funds they contribute to a motion picture shooting in the US as long as 75% of the contributions are paid to the cast and crew. The length of the shoot is in the process of being determined. I was looking at originally shooting with the HD200, but RED is the way to go. The only requirements are that the DP owns and becomes familiar with shooting with a RED One, that that they have a creative eye for motion picture shooting, and that they be flexible during our shooting schedule. The position will be one of the only paid positions. Myself along with the other actors are going to be non-paid or deferred payments. They are very excited about just being part of the project.

    The name of the project is SOLITAIRE and is best described as a Christian Martial Arts Drama. I would prefer not to give details on this board, but please contact me if you would like to know further details about the story and if you would be interested in working with this creative and experimental project that should truly stand out once it has been completed. This project has been in the works for many years and is finally coming into fruition. The lead roles have already been cast, several locations have already been secured with more to come, and I am in the process of storyboarding the script to help with the shoot as well. Please email me if you live in the Austin/San Antonio region and would be interested. Thanks.

    Rogelio Salinas III
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    Hey Rogelio. I have to go back and do some research, but I think Article 181 is only viable if your budget is over $1million US. Again, I haven't looked at it for a while and if you've dug deep enough to find that clause in the first place you may be more aware than me.

    You may also be raising over a million, but with non-paid crew and actors, I would assume you're going well below that budget.

    Anyway, best of luck and let me know if I'm wrong, so that I can adjust my brain. :)

    EDIT: I just started skimming the articles that Donatello provided and nothing on a min. budget so far. THAT WOULD BE AMAZING. I will have to go back to my documents, because being able to use this for a $200k movie is MUCH more doable. Thanks for brining this up.

    EDIT: I stand corrected on my earliest comment. There is nothing that states a min. budget. GREAT NEWS. thanks again Rogelio and good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beatniq
    lol... never experienced that one before... that's funny
    Only happened to me once... It was the first paying gig I landed with my brand new DVX100. It was a commercial for a local casino and I think it turned out better than what they would have had, if they had stuck to the script...
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    Hey Rogelio. I have to go back and do some research, but I think Article 181 is only viable if your budget is over $1million US. Again, I haven't looked at it for a while and if you've dug deep enough to find that clause in the first place you may be more aware than me.

    You may also be raising over a million, but with non-paid crew and actors, I would assume you're going well below that budget.

    Anyway, best of luck and let me know if I'm wrong, so that I can adjust my brain. :)

    EDIT: I just started skimming the articles that Donatello provided and nothing on a min. budget so far. THAT WOULD BE AMAZING. I will have to go back to my documents, because being able to use this for a $200k movie is MUCH more doable. Thanks for brining this up.
    THE CREW WILL BE PAID. The actors (including myself) are non-paid or deferred payment.

    The only budget constraint to Article 181 is that the budget can be no more than $15mil ($20mil for certain projects), but there is no minimum budget, which works great for indie filmmakers trying to raise funds for their project.
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    This article 181 thing is awesome. I didn't know about it and it definitely deserves some further exploration.
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    thanks for the links, I did not know about this.
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