Back Stage relented today and took my money for cast and crew listings. The trick was accomplished with four letters of recommendation on film industry letterheads, all attesting that I am a regular guy who is unlikely to force actors into white slavery. We've lost a precious week, but the listings might still see print in time to do us some good.
The paper insisted that we include in the listing the name of a film with nudity requirements similar to ours, to give actors a reference point. This posed quite a riddle. I finally came up with BETTY BLUE.
I shipped my CP16R camera off to John Nuler today, so that he could look it over before the shoot. I felt as if I was sending a five-year-old off to kindergarden.
Alex and I went over a list of candidates for the crew, and filled in most of the remaining blanks in our budget. Over the weekend, I read that CLERKS didn't draw up a budget until after the film was over, which made me feel better. Professional types are distressed at the idea of our not having done a budget yet, but I don't see that it's such a big priority. We already know that we don't have any money to spend.
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