Impacting the Film World With Love

This week I had the privilege of teaching screenwriting at the Writing For Your Life conference. In addition to my two workshops, I also got to attend fabulous sessions by authors and editors. One of those was “Loving Your Readers” by author, editor, and publishing consultant Ami McConnell.

Summer of ’67 Trailer Release

We made the decision to release the Summer of ’67 movie trailer on Facebook at midnight on New Year’s Eve. We thought it would be a fun way to promote it, but had no idea whether it would work or not. Would people take time away from their parties to stop and watch a trailer? Would people stay up long enough to see it? Once people saw it, would they like it? Honestly, as a filmmaker you never know how people will respond. All you can do is throw it out there and see if it sticks. Well, I’m happy to say, it stuck!

In four days, it’s garnered 28,000 views, 240 shares, and 264 reactions, and the numbers continue to rise. All I can say is, Wow!

We’ve now added it to YouTube. In the event that you’ve  not yet seen it, or if you just want to watch it again, here you go! Let me know in the comments what you think.

 

Summer of ’67 Trailer Release Party

It’s been a busy week in the Wilharm and Herd houses. In addition to all the fun and excitement of the holidays, we’ve been actively preparing for the world premiere of the Summer of ’67 movie trailer. It takes place on the Summer of ’67 Facebook page at the stroke of midnight so it can be the first thing you see in 2018. Leading up to the trailer release, we’ll have short videos from cast members sharing their excitement and thoughts about the trailer.

Sinjar:Valley of the Shadow – Behind the Scenes with Director Adam Dufour

Andy’s Rainbow  totally caught me off guard. I knew it was a first film for Amor-Domini  so I came in with pretty low expectations. However, I was quite impressed with their first effort. They’re now getting ready to premiere their second feature film, and I can’t wait to see what they’ve done.

Summer of '67 behind the scenes filming, actors Cameron Gilliam, Rachel Schrey

How to Add Authenticity to Your Period Film

I love period films! They take us back in time, reminding us of our personal past or introducing us to worlds we’ve never experienced. Period films can connect with audiences in a way that contemporary movies can’t.

How a First Time Director Landed a Distribution Deal – With Brad Podowski

Almost every week I get a request from a filmmaker who’s seeking distribution and isn’t sure what to do. While there are plenty of articles on the subject, oftentimes, it just helps to hear from someone else who’s been there and done that. So here’s Brad Podowski’s story.

Praying on set of Summer of '67

A Story Behind the Story

We started praying for Summer of ’67 last summer while we were still in the early stages of scriptwriting. In August we created a Facebook prayer group of a hundred individuals specifically praying for the movie.  At the time, we had no idea how vital the group would prove to be.

Filming Summer of '67 movie

Summer of ’67 – It’s a Wrap!

Yesterday was our final day of filming Summer of ’67. It’s a bittersweet time as we say goodbye to all the wonderful friends we’ve made on the first leg of our journey. We were blessed with the most amazingly talented cast and crew who each made their own unique contributions to Summer of ’67 to make it the very best we could hope for.

Behind the scenes filming Summer of '67 movie

Summer of ’67 – Filming Week 4

Wow! What a week we’ve had with a wedding, family dinner, baby shower, two funerals, and a few other scenes thrown in for good measure.

The week began on Sunday afternoon with a quick  Vietnam  scene (shot in a bamboo patch in Cedar Hill, Tennessee)

Bethany Davenport and Christopher Dalton in Summer of '67 movie

Summer of ’67 – Filming Week Three

After a short breather, we kicked off week three with a Kate day (Bethany Davenport). We started with her and Van (Sam Brooks) at the Pleasant View Village Diner in Pleasant View, Tennessee. Actors poured in from Missouri and across Tennessee to participate in this powerful scene.