We talk to Pete Collie on Crowdfunding, his equipment rental company and why he wants to work with filmmakers to help get their productions made.
Pete Collie is an Englishman, born and bred. Starting out as an Actor at the age of sixteen, he quickly learned that film was where he wanted to be. After making the move to Los Angeles, Pete has worked continuously in front of, and behind, the camera. However, most recently, he has started up his own Production Company, Sunset Ghost Pictures, with his partner, Tiffany Gomes. Having done this, it has given him the chance to get back in front of the camera without having to audition with thousands of other people for those “one liner” roles.
To us, Pete is one hell of a #DirtyBadass. But don’t take our word for it, meet him yourself!
Let’s introduce you…
Tell us about 00:00 (Zero). What is the premise and how did the story come about?
00:00 was an idea that I came up with. I wanted to do a period piece and felt WWI had always been overshadowed by WWII in the eyes of the film industry. I wanted to make something different and special, which is what inspired our big twist at the end of the film.
Being a writer, Tiffany took the reigns on the script. She took my idea and wrote something that is extraordinary, which has some real depth. This led us to pursue making the short. We decided to film the first ten minutes and circulate it around as many film festivals as we can, as a proof of concept. That way, we can package the short with our full feature script. The closer we get to filming, the more excited we get about the project and it’s potential. We have a great team and a fantastic cast.
Our film is all about unity. It’s incredible what people can accomplish when we stand together.
You’ve chosen to do a Crowdfunding campaign. Why did you choose this avenue to raise funding and why Indiegogo?
We chose to go the crowdfunding route as we’ve already managed to find $20,000 privately and wanted to keep control of the short without having Executive Producers who would then have some control on the project.
We chose Indiegogo because, if you do not make your goal, you still get what you made. It also seemed the better platform for film.
What hurdles or unforeseen “rabbit holes” have you faced while doing this?
One of the unforeseen hurdles we weren’t expecting is the amount of donations we have been receiving. We have many friends and family between us, but the donations are just not coming in.
To try and counter this problem, we have decided to do some events to help raise our chances of donations, but we’re still very concerned about hitting our goal at present and are having to come up with alternative plans.
What advice would you give other filmmakers looking to start a Crowdfunding campaign and Indiegogo?
Have as much information as you can accessible. Look professional, spend a little cash on the interviews,editing, music etc (for the concept video).
Update as much as possible. It keeps people noticing your page and puts you in the rankings.
Also, have back up options if you don’t make the cash you needed. We are learning this one the hard way.
You’re doing a bunch of fundraisers all over the LA county. Tell other filmmakers why you are doing this?
We decided to do some events as we were struggling pulling in donations, and we wanted people to come and see what we were doing; just generally have fun and network.
So far the events have been successful!
This year, you started your own production company, Sunset Ghost Pictures, which is both a production company and a film equipment rental company. How did this come about and tell us a little more?
It came about as I have worked as a Production Coordinator/Manager on Music videos, commercials and films. Doing this I noticed the equipment we always had was rented, and it all adds up (tables, chairs, tents, radios etc). So instead of renting these, I’d rather have my own and rent them out to productions I work on or other filmmakers.
It just grew from there. We started buying some of our own lighting and grip equipment. And then we decided we wanted to produce our own movies, and now we have half of the equipment to do it with.
Also, it allows us to use the money we make from rentals to put towards our projects.
What sets you apart from other equipment rental companies?
We don’t have the over heads of people working for us, and also we work from home. So we can rent it out for cheaper. Plus, I’ve worked on super low budget films, and it’s tough when you really need something but can’t afford it, so I know what it’s like when you have to sacrifice.
I want to work with filmmakers and help them get their projects made, looking as professional as possible.
I think it’s a good sign that people have been coming back to us regularly on their shoots.
(The Dirty Filmmaker included!)
What’s the best piece of advice you would give to other filmmakers in their careers?
Keep being creative. Keep writing ideas. Film when you can. Get your contacts and friends together who are also in the industry and make something happen. And any experience you can get on set, take it.
What is one tool or resource you’d like to share with our readers?
I find Facebook to be one of the best tools for our industry. It allows me to stay in touch with people I have met. It has found me work, and also gets projects in front of people. If you use it wisely, you can use it for advertising yourself and your projects for free.
Tell us where people can find you?
Be sure to stay tuned with Sunset Ghost Pictures and if you’re a filmmaker and looking to rent equipment at a very affordable price, get in touch with them here!
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