Moving Into Films: Part 6



I met with my friends Nancy Lewis and Peggy Krysinski at Nancy’s Lakewood apartment. Many people in the Cleveland area are familiar with Nancy’s apartment since it was featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine in an article written by Diane Dipiero (see ‘Critics’ page for a copy of the article). Faux wall treatments, murals, hand painted accents, soft lighting scheme, and hand picked furnishings and custom drapery make this one bedroom apartment in one of Lakewood’s high-rises along Lake Erie a little gem of interior design (we intend to use this location for apartment of our female lead character in Bad Blood).

In the year that I spent working on the apartment Nancy and I developed an intimate relationship that persists to this day. In Nancy I have found the perfect friend and sounding board to share with and discuss my feelings and ideas about everything I do. The exchange is also mutual fore Nancy is one very bright and classy lady. As co-founder of Panorama World Tours and Travel her business and people acumen and her ability to deal a minutia of details never fails to astound me. To add acing on the cake, when I travel I have the best arrangement because I always bring my travel agent with me.

I met Peggy while painting the murals at the Gordon Square Theatre (see ‘Current Work’ section). My good friend Barbra Bachtell, executive director of the Broadway School of Music and the Arts sent her my way as part of a mural painting program that I had conducted for the school. Peggy wanted to learn about mural painting so twice weekly she joined me at the Gordon to work on the project. She was a natural team player. If I were to describe Peggy in dramatic fashion, than this is what I would say: Peggy is like Zena, an Amazon-type with looks, smarts, wit, charm and ice running through her veins. In other words, she is a woman after my own heart.

As a financial analyst for a Cleveland bank, Peggy knew how to be objective and when to speak her mind. Nancy and I immediately felt at home with Peggy and soon became close friends. So it came as no surprise at all that when I decided to declare my insane intention to make a movie Nancy and Peggy where the first ones to hear about it. I knew instinctively that I could trust them implicitly with my plan and they knew me well enough to know that I was dead serious.

So on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in 2002, I told them about my “five year plan” to make a film. The pitch went something like this: -Ladies, I want to make a movie. The title is Bad Blood; yes, its the screenplay I gave you to read. And I have other ideas for movies in mind. But in order to make these films I need to create a digital production studio and I want you to be part of it.

The prospect of starting something that was completely alien to them was both exhilarating and scary. They wanted to make sure they got it right so I proceeded to explain things over in more detail. Naturally, their first objection was the fact that they knew nothing about the movie business. But then, technically, neither did I, so we were pretty much even. But since movie business is primarily about business I reasoned they already knew more than most. I could handle the creative side if they could work the business end. Viewed from this perspective my argument began to make a lot of sense. Besides, we were all fast learners with nothing to loose but time.

I have given myself five years, from screenplay to photography, to make this happen. Year one was spent writing a screenplay and working out a plan. Year two would be spent developing a business plan and learning the ropes. Development for the film and one hundred percent storyboarding would start in year three and continue to year four. By year five, we needed to have the necessary funds to begin production. What would be the hardest part of all? You guessed it: finding the money.

Considering that none of us had any money or mingle with the rich and the famous, and allowing for the fact that we lived in Cleveland (a place with no discernible movie industry), and bearing in mind none of us had ever made a feature film, we had the odds pretty much stacked against us. But I had not one doubt that we could pull it off and put established filmmakers to shame with the results. Everything we needed was right here in Cleveland; the only thing that would be hard to come by was the money to do it.

After several hours of discussion Nancy, Peggy and I made a pact to give it a go. It was a daring idea and it would be fun, but we had no illusions that it would be easy. But this was the dream I shared with them and they embrace the dream as theirs. Lastly, when it was time to declare a name for the enterprise, I proposed a name that I had worked out the year before: Dreams Visual Communications Digital Productions Studio. The short version: DreamsVcom.

To be continued.

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John Rivera-Resto, July 2004.

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