we are excited to be a part of ‘I’m Fine, Thanks’ a film that explores complacency through the lens of many characters across the country. we are acting as story consultants which, as Grant puts it, isn’t exactly ‘wheelhouse’ for us. Grant’s vocabulary often sounds like that – he has a strong business mind – and he’s built what i like to call a real-estate empire. Grant first called us before he even started his doc, asking if we could help guide them in some way. i sent over some relevant tutorials and suggested they send some dailies over as they progress. as you’ll see in the final film, adding anything else to their production while on the road turned out to be more than a little stretch.
their film went into pre-production for two months immediately before they hit the road. they then spent about two months straight on the road. they had the idea of premiering their film at the World Domination Summit, a conference whose subject matter was very much related to what their doc was exploring. that conference gave them a hard delivery date for a final film – about 10 weeks from when production stopped. this is where our work together started.
Grant called and asked if we could help them bring this all together. this is their first film, and for many on their team this is their first real taste of filmmaking. that means much of the pre-production time needed to be spent figuring out the tech – the cameras, lenses, and lights. this pushed the ‘typical’ pre-production right on top of the actual production. they learned as they went along, the story and approach evolved heavily throughout their trip, and they continued to push through and make the most of every chance they could get.
this lack of experience would presumably make putting a story together, a story of this length and complexity, quite the unique challenge. but it’s these exact same challenges that drew us to the project. it’s all too common to hear people share what they’d love to do, what really excites them, and then they end with the ‘one day’ catch phrase often said in a tone that is much less confident and much more fantastical. here was a group of people so passionate about making a film and telling this story that they were willing to drop everything, invest a ton of time and money, and just go for it. there are definitely more efficient ways to make this film happen, perhaps smarter ways to explore it as well, but there couldn’t be a more passionate approach – and that is what pulled us in. do something your connected to and give it everything you can and you’ll be hard to knock down.
with a heritage of doing what you love and sharing it with the world, I’m Fine, Thanks certainly resonated for with etiquette. so, when the documentary needed a soundtrack, we knew we could help. the entire soundtrack will be scored by the with etiquette family of artists. the trailer gives you a hint of this relationship, accompanied by the instruments and inspiration of Wesley Jensen & the Penny Arcade.
so here we are, a couple weeks away from when their film is set to premiere. i’d love a couple more months to have this finished but that wouldn’t be realistic for a film that wrestles with dreams chasing. the challenge is definitely there but we are excited to see this all come together. if you connect with the trailer please consider donating to their kickstarter campaign. the stillmotion story is one very much founded on following what we connect with, giving it our all, and crazy things growing from there. the story they are telling is an important one and we are excited to be a part of it.
find out more about I’m Fine, Thanks here