On puzzles, pre-production and patience

Have you ever put together a jigsaw puzzle, frustratedly looking for that one missing piece that will complete your hours of toil? Been on a see-saw that delighted you on the way up, but bruised your tailbone each time you crashed to the ground? Or ridden that ride at Magic Mountain that pulls you up to where you can see everything for miles–and then suddenly drops you so fast you lose your heart in your throat?

That is what the last six months have been like here at My Summer as a Goth. Excitement, movement, roadblocks, disappointments, new beginnings…. start, stop, start again.

Welcome to the reality of independent filmmaking, everyone.

We want to assure all of you, our faithful Kickstater supporters, that we haven’t forgotten about you. There have been many times during this past few months that we have wanted to share with you what’s going on with the project behind the scenes. At one point, we were so close to securing financing that Brandon quit his day job with the City of Portland and adopted the pen name of “Brandt Dureau” to differentiate himself from the half dozen other Brandon Roberts-named fellows currently working in the film industry. And although we had hoped to be filming the summer of 2013, it ultimately was not in the cards.

People are always asking us, “Are you still working on that film?” The answer is Yes: we are always working on the film. It is not uncommon for an independent film to take 5-8 years to get produced. We are only in year 4…and what a year it has been.

We parted ways with our first potential director, which was disappointing for all involved but ultimately right for the project. However, we are happy to report that we have developed a strong relationship with a team of accomplished Executive Producers based in LA, and have received interest from a major music label to produce the soundtrack. Your donations helped us afford three trips to LA in the past year to solidify these important relationships and help move Goth forward–that is the magic of Kickstarter in action.

Our EPs continue to pursue avenues for financing, hoping to fund Goth at a much higher level than we originally expected. Brandon/Brandt is currently taking another pass at the script to ensure a PG-13 rating. We continue to receive praise from industry insiders on the script: all who have read it agree it will make a delightful, unforgettable film.

We truly feel that we are in stronger position to see this movie become a reality than ever before. We will continue to update you as we have new developments to report so please stay tuned– and thank you all again for your amazing support through this process. We couldn’t have gotten this far without you!

Happy (almost) Halloween,

TARA + Brandon (p/k/a Brandt Dureau)