Note From the Director:
What makes platforms like this one so unique is that it can allow us to bridge the gap between student and professional. With the help of backers like you, we can gather the funds necessary to make a truly professional film without sacrificing our say in what the product will look like. I know that by donating to our efforts; everyone who gives even a single dollar is saying that they trust us, trust me, to make something that they can be proud to have been a part of.
As you can imagine, this has been an incredibly humbling experience. Mr. Joel’s work means something different to every one of us, but like a film, it is still a shared experience that binds us all together; A common love for a man whose work so uniquely personifies each and every one of us. I realize, that those donating to this film will not just be friends and family, but fellow Billy Joel fans like myself. When you donate to this project, I want you to trust that I will not butcher that which we love but instead I will add to it. I will complement Mr. Joel’s work. Aligning his strengths with mine to make something that each every one of you will want to watch over and over again. I’m humbled that Mr. Joel has trusted me to work with his life’s work so intimately and I will be equally appreciative with each and every one of your trusts.
Thank you for taking the time to consider our project and for any and all support you can offer.
All the Best,
Eric Robert Bigman
Writer/Director – Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
How you can Help
Making a film is no easy thing and we need all the help we can get. Although the amount we're asking for seems pretty steep, every penny is accounted for and as crucial as the next. With your donation we will be able to achieve the following:
-Equipment: We are renting all of our equipment and need a lot of of it to be true to Eric's vision for Mr. Joel's legendary music. This is where most of our budget goes to ensure we can provide a quality experience to our audience.
-Production Design: Because this film is set in a 50's/60's environment we need help making that time period come to life. Everything from Eddie's car to the decorations in bar falls under production design.
-Catering: Working 12 hour days is very hard so keeping the crew warm and well-fed is our number one concern
-Transportation and housing: We are shooting in the New York metropolitan area and will need to transport cast, crew and equipment to and from every location as well as house them whenever we must stay over-night in the area.
-Locations: The film takes place in a 'timeless, classic' America.We have hand-picked amazing locations that will bring this movie to life but they don't come too cheap.
To meet the amazing cast & crew who you will be supporting, please visit our website at www.scenesfromanitalianrestaurant-themovie.com We'll be constantly updating it as we bring more people on, so stay tuned!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you are a Billy Joel fan and think this project sounds great but -like us- you don't have a penny in your pocket, don't fret! You can still support Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.
Make us your Facebook status, tweet about the film, write about us on your blog or simply tell your friends about the film! The main idea behind making our musical is for people to be able to watch and enjoy it, so getting the word out there is the best way you can help.