The film Bounty Killer was gory, splattery, occasionally beautiful rubbish [intentionally, I think]. The brilliant part is how it managed to get made at all.

Excerpted from an article written by director Henry Saine:

My advice when things are going slow getting your script made: start drawing.

The artwork doesn’t have to be great, it doesn’t even have to be artwork, just collage photos together of your vision, whether it’s a big grand epic or an intimate story between two people. The best way for investors to understand your vision and your passion is to give them some graphic representation of your tone, your emotional core — your story.

You can shoot a short, but better yet, just make a trailer. A trailer can sell the whole movie, not just a scene. Its all artwork and it will get people to read your script.

People love artwork.

The article details how BK caromed from one step to the next:

– a drunken idea between two friends

“Its brilliant. It’ll be about Enron ending the world.”

– an utterly rejected script

“…we couldn’t get anybody to read it, much less back a movie with the wacky premise.”

– a cartoon pitch rejected by Samuel L. Jackson

Jason, Colin and I came up with a highly energized pitch that involved lots of concept art. For our little dog-and-pony show, we even donned yellow ties that our criminals wore in the cartoon. Our highlight was sitting across from Samuel Jackson who was looking to do more animation after “Afro Samurai.” His reaction: “So let me get this straight, I just go around killing white people?”

“Whatever you want to do, Mr. Jackson, we’re just surprised to be sitting here.”

He passed.

Everybody passed.

– a short film and trailer, funded by Wal-Mart

“Walmart was connected though their investors, and to sell the comic book on their shelves it needed to be clean. Walmart was, if I were to embellish, helping fund our project about the evils of giant corporations.”

– a feature-length film starring Eve — I mean, Gary Busey.

But things started moving faster, and before I knew it, I was on set wiping chocolate ice cream off Gary Busey`s suit for a movie based on a comic book I hadn’t finished yet.

They say directing a movie is like painting in a hurricane. True. And doing it in 18 days is like being strapped to a runaway train flying off the rails through that hurricane. You just hold on and try to throw paint on the canvas.

– …and finally, a comic book:

“Over four sleepless days… I drew, inked and lettered a 90-page graphic novel.”

Ultimately:

The comic book was done, and now the movie, already based off a comic book, was now based off a comic book — with pictures.

You can shoot a short, but better yet, just make a trailer. A trailer can sell the whole movie, not just a scene. Its all artwork and it will get people to read your script.

People love artwork.

And on that note, I’ve got quite a bit of drawing to do. Perhaps you do, too.

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