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joeraf131329 karma

Anywhere between $25 - $90 dollars depending on the festival and deadline. Make sure you meet those early deadlines, you'll save a lot of money because the fees are cheaper.

joeraf131318 karma

Downeast focuses on the city of Portland and Old Orchard Beach. Actor/Producer Greg Finley was born and raised in Maine. When we met, he was very passionate about shooting a film there and had been living with this idea and character for a long time. I was honored that he trusted me enough to write it.

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I've been to both cities. And our film does have characters that travel to Portland from the North End of Boston. I think the Maine accent is so nuanced that it's hard to really lock down if you're not born and raised there. And when making a film, you want it to feel as authentic as possible so you can do the setting justice. A lot of members of our production, from producers to actors to crew members, are from Maine, so I leaned on them for their insights. But at the end of the day, you're telling the best version of your story. And decisions are made to make Downeast the best fictional movie it can be, not the best documentary. I hope people from Portland can be proud that Downeast was shot there, and understand that we did everything we can to showcase the city with our limited budget.

joeraf131315 karma

This may be an unpopular opinion, but it has to be vanilla. It's a complimentary flavor that goes well with so many things. I'm also a big fan of anything Ben and Jerry's puts out, I can kill any one of their pints in less than 10 minutes.

joeraf131314 karma

Everyone's process is different. I like to outline the entire story knowing that it will most likely change as I write the script. Often, my endings are unrecognizable from the outline, but without the outline I'd never get past page 10 of the screenplay. If outlining isn't for you, and you don't know where to start, just write the scene you have in your head, even if it's in the middle of the story, and see where that takes you. Hopefully, things will start to snowball. Happy writing!