As a filmmaker and screenwriter, I've devoted most of my last
three years writing a history book on the American Revolution,
which I hope to bring to the screen someday in the form of
a miniseries (think John Adams meets Band
of Brothers). The book is completed, and I now have a literary
agent, but I still need a publisher. Publishers are risk
adverse, and want to see a sure thing. As I am an unknown,
fear I have no "platform",
and thus I need to build my own audience. Help me build
that audience! I
need your support! With your help, we can bring 1775 to
print, and eventually to the screen!
— Derek W Beck, May 10, 2011
Air Force Second Lieutenant Stromboli must battle
through a day’s worth of politics, government bureaucracy,
and his self-serving boss, Major Meyer, all the while hoping to leave
work on time to catch his airplane flight that will take him home
to visit his family for the first time in a year. After a typical
worthless meeting concludes, Stromboli soon discovers that the General,
who wasn't expected until next week, is now on his way. Our hero
now has to rush to get a color print of Meyer's presentation, for
the General has to have all of his presentations in color. But there
are printer problems... Can our hero successfully navigate through
the red-tape and still get to the airport on time?
This was my first attempt at writing a film that I intended to shoot.
This film was also my
first film to use production audio. Produced in 2003, it was
also my first union film (an Experimental Contract with
the Screen Actor's Guild).
miniDV (using two Canon XL1S), independent sync
sound, cut on Adobe Premiere Pro. Filmed Sept 2003. Shot in Los Angeles,
CA. 23 minutes