Local actor Greg Crowe certainly knows how to take opportunity by the horns and run with it. His latest project, the silent film Cleaning Up is being shot in Richmond, Virginia. Crowe, at this writing, is raising money for the film using Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1855895820/cleaning-up-short-film). Crowe took a few minutes from shooting Cleaning Up to talk about it.
Q – What makes Cleaning Up special?
A – Cleaning Up is a silent film, mostly in the classic sense. There is no dialogue, and the soundtrack will consist entirely of music and possibly the rare post-production sound effect (we are still talking about whether to have these). Since the music is so important for a film like this, we were very fortunate to get John Rowles to compose for us. John has done the soundtracks to many local films, as well as for some national TV shows.
Q – Where can we see the film?
A – We plan on submitting the film to festivals all over the country throughout the year, including ones in DC and Richmond. After that, we do plan on putting it online somewhere, but only once our festival run is completed. Most of our Kickstarter supporters will be able to see it much sooner, by virtue of a DVD (or BlueRay) we will be sending them when it is done post-production.
Q – You mentioned a Kickstarter campaign. Is that still going on?
A – Yes! Though we are getting down to the nitty-gritty. It officially ends on Saturday, March 7 at 10 AM Eastern, so we would appreciate any help from your awesome readers. The link to the campaign is: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1855895820/cleaning-up-short-film. We definitely would love to have your help in making this film a reality!
Q – Why did you decide to produce this film?
A – I came up with the idea and started writing down the basic story sometime in the Fall of last year. Once I was done, I figured I could try to find a production company to make it, or I could produce it myself. So I did both! I talked with Lew Fraga of Fraga Studios about the project, and he loved the idea! We had worked on several 48-Hour Film Projects in the past, so I was confident that he would both know what he was doing and have a lot of fun doing it.
Producing a film sure is stressful! I definitely prefer the gigs where I just show up on the day and do my monkey dance. Part of the stress is coming from constantly watching the Kickstarter campaign wondering if we will make it.
Q – Why did you decide to shoot in Richmond?
A – Well, that came down to two things. First, Lew has amassed far more production contacts than I have, so he was able to find a location for us to shoot quite easily. And second, the Director of Photography we hired, Doug Bishoff also resides in Richmond. When it’s a question of those two hauling all of their equipment to DC or me driving just myself and a few prop and wardrobe items, the answer was clear.
Q – Name some local actors involved in the project?
A – Well, in addition to myself playing the role of Max, we have gotten Kahil Dotay to play a security guard at the office building. Kahil has been in many films and TV shows, and recently wrapped production on the feature film “Vampires In Virginia.” We are happy to have him.
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