Speaking to Brian is always a pleasure. He is very down to earth, very modest and very sweet. I spoke to him the other day about his Kickstarter Project to raise funds for his short Indie Film. When we talked about it, he was waiting for Kickstarter to approve his project. It was approved yesterday and in less than 24 hours, Brian is 3/4 of the way to his goal. The policy with Kickstarter is you must reach your goal or you get none of the funding. At the time of this publishing, you can see in the first photo of the slideshow where Brian was at with his Kickstarter being just 1 day old.
I told Brian that I thought that he would need much more than $2,000 to finance his short film and he agreed that more was/is needed but that he wanted the goal to be a number he hoped wouldn’t be too high so that he couldn’t reach his goal.
He explained to me that with more money he could hire more help, use better equipment and make it even better. We spoke at great length and here is what Brian had to say in his own words:
Q So I understand you wrote the script for this short Independent Film you are creating.
A Yes I did. I wrote it and shared it with a few people and a couple of weeks later I took it to a work shop/film collective that I go to that I am a part of called We Make Movies. We meet almost every Wednesday night. We took a couple of weeks off but mostly we meet almost every Wednesday and every other Wednesday we do people’s readings of stuff that people have written. The actors come in to perform readings of different writers work and the audience gives feedback and helps them develop their project. Sometimes I am there as an actor, sometimes I am there as a writer. I had my piece read and that night a lot of my friends that I have made there came up to me and said let’s do this, let’s make this. You know we can do this. This is going to be cool. From there we just started moving along and then I just had to decide whether I was going to just do it old school and raise the money on my own or enter into the land of Kickstarter.
Q Why did you decide to do a Kickstarter?
A I have seen many producers and musical performers use the kickstarter tool to share the experience of producing their project with their friends, family and fans. I can’t afford to finance this all by myself so I thought why not give this a try. I also saw that there was a lot of interest in me getting back out there and acting again via my Facebook page and my wonderful friends on there so I thought this would be a good way for me to get back out there as well. All the people that know my work from my daytime drama acting really want me to get back out there. This is me getting back to work.
Q I want you to know that they (Facebook fans) genuinely want to see you back on television.
A Absolutely and I genuinely would like to be there.
Q You know I said to myself, do I ask him about General Hospital? They put in the storyline about Rafe Jr., and since you were his sort of Dad, would you consider being on General Hospital? (Photo of Rafe & Rafe Jr., in the slideshow).
A I got to meet the actor playing my sort of son Rafe Jr., recently.
Q Your son by marriage?
A Right, we got to meet and he was really kind.
Q Well all the fans of General Hospital and Port Charles would love to see you on General Hospital in some kind of storyline.
A It is flattering. If GH came to me and said they want me to come and do this for a little while that would definitely be something that I would talk to them about for sure. I have no control over that though. It’s up to GH.
Q You know Brian, people think because you have been on TV that you are independently wealthy but I know as a booking agent and a writer that if you are not working, you are not making money.
A Exactly and that’s why Kickstarter makes sense. You can give your fan base what they want and they get to be part of the whole process.
Q So your project is what kind of film?
A It is called a short. I can’t say too much about it because it is a short and if I talk about it, I will give the plot away but what I am so excited about is that I am working with an actress that I went to school with at SUNY Purchase. That was my acting conservatory, my college. We graduated together and we’ve known each other for twenty five years. I have seen her off and on throughout that time. It’s cool to me to be working with her and we always thought that we would be doing some work together as Purchase graduates. They call it the Purchase Mafia. We thought we were all going to be working together and making stuff together but life happens and we all go our separate ways. To me a lot of stuff in my life is kind of getting back to who I was and getting back to basics and the idea of working with her and the characters having known each other even longer because the characters have known each other since they were seven make it even more special. It is amazing when you have the situation where you get to work with somebody whom you have actually known for twenty-five years.
Q You sound so excited about this project. It is contagious.
A This works as a short film and I love it as a short film but once it’s done the idea is that potentially the first opening scene can become the opening scene to a feature film.
Q Right, I get it.
A I would use this to sort of pitch the idea further to let it grow from there. It’s about people from their late thirties to forties who are kind of just finally sort of saying what is on their mind.
Q Don’t tell me anymore, I don’t want to spoil the storyline for anybody.
With that we spoke some more about several different things and I wished him luck on his Kickstarter. If you want to become part of this really cool project, all you have to do is click on this link and head on over there and become a Backer and become part of the process. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1883854594/the-speech-inside-of-you