Catch 22

To get a movie you need money. To get money, you usually need a Name (a recognizable actor, producer, etc.) However, to get a Name, you usually need to have some money to secure the Name, or at least the promise of some money. So who does one go to first? I'm reminded of the brilliant scene in the brilliant movie, Boogie Nights, written and directed by the brilliant Paul Thomas Anderson. In the scene, the character of Dirk Diggler is trying to convince a recording studio manager to let him have his tapes without paying for them. He reasons that he needs the tapes to get a record deal in order to get the money to pay the recording studio for his tapes. Have a look...

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I can sympathize with Dirk (not like that). While I haven't secured any Names yet, I will most likely need some sort of commitment from them before anyone would consider investing in this film. My hope is that any actor or producer I approach will give me the benefit of the doubt because, to quote dear Dirk, "my stuff is that good!"

I'll let you know how that goes...