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Mega Summary (Or Ride that Rollercoaster!)

Filmmaking is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. Except for emotional vomit. Yay!

It’s been almost a month since our last post, and that’s not because of a lack of progress.  Quite the contrary, lots has happened!  Co-director, Jessica, and I (Steph here!) have met up more than a few times for production meetings.  We got our general production insurance.  We conducted our first callback session at the end of January, as well as new auditions.  And we’re currently searching for actors for the last of our principal roles, as well as a few minor speaking ones.  While we have not yet offered parts to actors, that’s on our agenda in the coming weeks.

We’re also starting to do preliminary research into crew and indie shoot rates.  We’re gathering recommendations, as well as suggestions from friends and peers.  One big thing that we’ll have to do soon… is lock our dates.  Without locked dates, it’s virtually impossible for crew up, because so much depends on availability.  In terms of budget, we also need to factor in what we need versus what we can afford.

Looking ahead, other things that we need to get started on is our belated location scout.  From that, we can then work on storyboards, and see what we need in terms of set decoration/props, art direction, wardrobe, and to a lesser extent, make-up.

In March, we need to be working towards booking our equipment, seeing if anyone will help us out with a deal, and seeing again what we need versus what we can afford.  Suffice to say, we only dream of dollies… hahaha… sigh.  Yes, the joys of low-budget filmmaking!

In the meantime, we’re still running our crowdfunding campaign, so that we’ll be able to pay our hardworking actors and crew members.  Because we believe that people should be paid for the value of their work– just like a doctor or lawyer would.  Artists deserve no less; but it is harder to achieve.

If you can, help us spread the word!  Whether its moral or monetary support, we appreciate your help.

~ Team LMJ

About littlemissjihadfilm

When 10-year-old, Afghani-American, Sally Khan, discovers that the father she never knew disappeared on September 11, 2001, she becomes convinced that he is a terrorist. Now if she could only figure out what that means! LITTLE MISS JIHAD is a dark comedy, yes, comedy, about faith, tolerance, and a child's imagination running away with her.

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