Today is the first Monday of 2020. Ready to start this new year with a BANG! I thought I'd think about some goals for 2020 for Dare to Dream Productions.
1) Finish perimortem
This film has been quite the journey. A two-year process that still continues but we hope to finish it by February. We're excited to show you the final result and have our premiere in Chicago.
2) Create + finish the nostalgic dance
This comedy/coming-of-age film is a mix of Stranger Things vibes with Perks of Being a Wallflower. We're shooting to receive a grant to make this film in March 2020. Right now we're in the process of scouting locations and soon we'll be casting. I'm very excited to be working on more pre-production for this film this month.
3) Pitch a project to an executive
Evade is my first feature film that I wrote last Winter. I've been revising it and sending it to producers and executives at some small production companies. One female director from Chicago wanted to read it! This was a huge accomplishment! I'm excited to hear back from her soon and about future possibilities of collaboration with her. I would also like to pitch it to other executives at small production companies this Summer when I go to LA.
4) Create a music video
I've always wanted to direct a music video for an indie band or a folk band. One of my favorite childhood bands, Purple Apple is back! I just filmed a show they had. I'd love to film their music video for one of their upcoming songs. My 12 year old self would be screaming.
5) get into a well-known film fest
Now I'm not talking about Sundance but a well-known film fest like SXSW or TIFF would be a dream come true! I'd submit Evade or The Nostalgic Dance or both. I want to inspire young female/LGBT+ identifying folks at these film festivals and show that you can make films too regardless of discrimination.
6) film a travel video
Next Winter, my dream is to go to Italy and Spain with Lid to celebrate the holidays. I've wanted to do this ever since we started dating. I'll film a travel video of the best spots to travel to and post it on Youtube.
7) buy a gimbal
My biggest investment for 2020 is to buy a gimbal stabilizer for my videography gigs and music videos. I feel like this is an essential piece of gear nowadays.
8) start to write my thesis
Senior year of college I have to create a thesis film. I have an idea of what I'm going to make. A hint: it's very close to my heart and my mom would be very proud of me. Let me just say it will be emotional and I'll probably cry on set.
9) submit desiderium to summer film
I wrote Desiderium, a comedy coming-of-age LGBT+ feature in the Spring/Summer that I would love to make one day. I thought it would be my first feature but I'm pretty sure my thesis film will be my first feature I direct. I want to submit Desiderium for the summer indie film production at my college.
10) join a screenwriting group
I've wanted to make a group last year but it never happened because of work and school but this year I WANT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN! A safe space for female/LGBT+ identifying folks to feel safe to share ideas and get feedback. Maybe I'll start it this quarter if I'm not too busy. Who'd be interested?
11) create a cool promo video
I've wanted to make a cool promo video for a coffee shop, store, or a commercial of any sorts. I don't know where to start though? I guess by emailing some shops and asking? This is what nobody teaches you in film school.
12) work with la filmmakers during la quarter
This Summer, I'll be going to LA for LA quarter and I want to work with other filmmakers from there. I want to collaborate with my friend Charlotte Kennett who's honestly one of the best directors I've worked with. I hope to meet other filmmakers and work on a film while I'm there.
And that's it. Here's to happiness, success, adventures, and new opportunities in 2020!
What are your goals? Comment below!
Bridget Johnson is the president and co-founder of Dare to Dream Productions. She writes and directs thought-provoking films that inspire others to follow their dreams.
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