Imagine if Dorothy, after landing in OZ, simply followed the Yellow Brick Road unimpeded to the Emerald City, found the wizard and was sent home without complications. It would have been a pretty boring story.
If The Empire wasn’t Hell-bent on getting Luke to come to the Dark Side, movie goers would have been subjected to countless hours of a kid bullseyeing womp rats in his T-16. Not exactly edge-of-your-seat stuff.
Or what if Sheriff Brody, Quint and Matt Hooper caught and killed the shark before it had a chance to go on a feeding frenzy? Sure, the beaches of Amity Island would have been stress free that summer, but would you have paid to watch a movie where the biggest fear was somebody running out of sun screen?
Of course not.
In any story worth its salt, there are always obstacles to be overcome. That’s what keeps us interested. That’s what keeps us tuned in or turning pages.
The story of Unfinished Business, and its journey to become a TV series, is no different.
Like most stories, when this one began in February of 2020 there wasn’t even a hint of trouble, but it didn’t take long for our antagonist to make his (or her if you prefer) appearance.
In March 2020 we got our first glimpse of our nemesis…its name was COVID and it became our Wicked Witch, our Darth Vader, our Great White shark. Pick your villain.
After a couple of very energetic and promising meetings – the plan, along with most of the world, was put on HOLD. Nobody knew when, or even if we would be able to get the ball rolling again.
In November 2020 we decided to get back in the fight.
Picking up where we left off and hitting the ground running, our team of four grew into a cast and crew of nearly 75 in about three months. We decided on a shooting date of June 2021, assuming the world would be normal enough by then. But – as we all know – assumption is the mother of all f#*k ups – and our assumption led us right into COVID’s trap.
Like a true diabolical villain, COVID allowed us to move forward with our plans for more than four months. Our optimism was encouraged by the ever-growing number of vaccines being dispensed, but, like a scantily clad teenaged girl in a horror movie, we walked into the dark basement without suspecting a thing.
That’s when COVID threw another wrench into our gears.
This new wrench was in the form of COVID procedures which must be followed on set as required by the Screen Actors Guild and the Director’s Guild of America. I won’t get into specifics, but suffice to say that our shoestring budget would be killed faster than Janet Leigh in the shower at the Bates Motel if we were to begin filming under these restrictions.
Up to this point, our fund-raising efforts had been valiant and promising, but this wasn’t just a setback. This was a knee-buckling Clubber Lang body-blow.
That’s the bad news.
Now for the good news.
This team makes Rocky look like the proverbial 98-pound weakling.
There is no denying we had the wind knocked out of us, but we refuse to throw in the towel.
The fact is – this setback will actually work in our favor – because we will follow the immortal words of Gunnery Sgt. Tom Highway who told his sad-sack marines in Heartbreak Ridge – we will “Improvise, we will adapt and we will overcome!”
In that spirit, our team has already come up with a new strategy:
Beginning in May we will begin work creating what is called a “proof of concept” video.
Our cast and crew will film selected portions of the show (totaling about 8 minutes of screen time) which will then be pieced together into a few different combinations varying from 90 seconds in length to 8 minutes. These shorts will serve a few different purposes.
First and foremost, they will be used to help secure investors for the production of the actual show. It’s easy to tell somebody what you’re making while asking them for money, but it’s much more effective to show them.
The footage will also help us evaluate and analyze our vision without going through the enormous expense of filming an entire episode. Lighting, sound, camera work…even the on-screen chemistry of the actors can be critiqued and adjusted, thus enabling us to deliver a finished product which will be that much better!
Last, but certainly not least, we will be able to offer you, our audience, a nice glimpse into what you can expect when Unfinished Business hits the airwaves (are airwaves still a thing? Maybe the modern phrase would be air-stream?). It’s the least we can do given the incredible support we’ve had.
And speaking of support…the making of this concept video is going to cost money, so once again we are asking you for help. We have created a Kickstarter fundraiser to cover the cost of the video without dipping into the limited funds we have set aside for the actual production.
There is no such thing as a “small donation” – literally every dollar helps us to rent equipment, pay for props, food, transportation and to compensate the crew members who have already donated so much of their time.
More importantly – if you can’t make a donation you can help so much by simply sharing this post or just the link to the Kickstarter.
We don’t see COVID as a death sentence for us…we see it as a cliff-hanger!
Don’t touch that dial – we have a bit of Unfinished Business of our own…
And here is every link you can possibly need to learn about Unfinished Business!