Parma's own Sharma Krauskopf hosted an indie filmmaking workshop this evening at the Parma Library on Church Street from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Sharma is an international lighthouse expert, author and executive producer and screenwriter of "Keepers," an independent film tentatively scheduled to begin principal photography in September 2014 at Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse.
Dominick Oliverio and I, Co-Producers and Screenplay Consultants for "Keepers," assisted Sharma with the workshop. We met some fine, talented and ambitious people who have creative dreams that they wish to fulfill right here in Michigan. I might have found two of my locations for "Walking Apocalypse" tonight as one of the attendees was gracious enough to allow me to visit her home and do a location scout of it for the film. It is a beautiful home, inside and out, and has an impressive driveway to the house along with beautiful grounds.
Networking is the key to independent filmmaking. There are a lot of talented people out there with no outlet for their ambition, but a group of talented people can get together, pool their respective skills, and form an unofficial production company. The Hollywood way is fine if you have loads of cash, but for those of us without a budget to speak of, networking and trading skills to work on each other's projects is the way to go.
Sharma will be hosting another Independent Filmmaking Workshop that details her experiences with "Keepers" Thursday, August 22 froom 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Eastern Branch of the Jackson District Library.
Eastern Branch - 3125 East Michigan Ave. Jackson, MI 49202 - Phone: (517) 788-4074