The Independent Filmmakers Coalition of Kansas City (IFCKC) is proud to announce that the hard work of five teams and over 50 participants will premier on Saturday, March 26th, when the IFCKC, in conjunction with Cinema KC, will screen its 3rd Annual Fantasy Filmmaker Draft short film at the Screenland Crown Center Theater.
Created in 2009, the Fantasy Filmmaker Draft was started â€œâ€¦in order to showcase the vast talents of the IFCKC members, by working together on one cohesive project, with a common goal,â€ according to IFCKC President Brian Boye. Five team captains are selected as the Executive Producers, who then select Writers and Directors, Fantasy Football style. Writer A then has one week to complete 5-9 pages of a script, which features four main characters. The script is passed to Writer B, who has a week to continue the story arc, maintaining the four primary characters.
After five weeks of writing, teams have one week of pre-production to study the script. On Wednesday, March 9th, the Captain/EP will then draft the remaining members of his or her team, including the four actors, director of photography, crew members, editors, extras and so on, until all participants have been selected. For each episode, a complete production team is required, and the four primary actors are re-cast each time.
Teams then have until March 23rd, to complete their episode. Each team will have no idea what the other teams are doing in their episode. Style, pacing, art direction are completely up to the discretion of each team, meaning each episode has its own unique qualities. It is only until the screening on March 26th where the teams will see the complete story for the first time.
â€œThe beauty of the FFD is that it forces filmmakers and actors to work outside of their comfort zone, to work with people they are unfamiliar with,â€ says Boye. â€œEvery year, new relationships are formed, new partnerships are forged, and we learn how other talented people do their work.â€
Another benefit of the project is the chance for a large number of people to work on a film. Anybody can showcase their talents, be it behind or in front of the camera, provided they have signed up for the March 9th draft. â€œIf youâ€™re new to the group, I suggest you make it to an IFCKC meeting to shamelessly promote yourself,â€ laughs Boye. â€œYou could be the next Robert Rodriguez, but if you donâ€™t let people know who you are and what you can do, youâ€™re just a person with a camera.â€ The draft will take place following the IFCKCâ€™s regular Wednesday night meeting, held at the Westport Coffee House, 4010 Pennsylvania Ave., starting at 7:30 pm.