I'm Kedar, a filmmaker. I hate myself for making a 35mm romantic comedy set in San Francisco called X's & O's. Here's a little info about the film that made my life so miserable:
X’s & O’s is a hip romantic comedy that takes a humorously genuine look at post-college relationships. A circle of friends in San Francisco finds out the hard way that it’s not all hugs and kisses in the game of love and that everyone needs a strategy to score. Bookish biologist, Simon (Clayne Crawford - ‘A Walk to Remember’, FOX's "24"), lusts after Jane (Sarah Wright - ‘The House Bunny’), a blonde beauty who barely knows he exists. Against the advice of his womanizing best friend, Lorenzo (Warren Christie - TV’s “October Road”, Hallmark Channel's "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), Simon decides to make Jane jealous by dating his lab partner, Trese (Judy Marte - ‘Raising Victor Vargas’). But every part of Simon's plan falls apart, trapping him between the pursuit of a hopeless dream and unexpected, real feelings for someone. Also starring Kel Mitchell (‘Good Burger’, “Kenan and Kel”), Lynn Chen (‘Saving Face’) and Jill Bennett (“Dante’s Cove”).
A web commercial in the form of a romantic short film meets a music video. One week from concept to shoot, including script, casting, crewing, and securing locations. Two-day shoot in the rain with principal photography taking place in and around Oakland, CA. In the process, I discovered an amazing actress named Haley Scott. She’d never acted in front of a camera before. I have a feeling a lot of people will know who she is in the very near future, and I will be left to say, “I knew her when…”
Want to talk about getting your movie on Blockbuster, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Hulu without giving up all your rights to a distributor who will never ever pay you what you’re entitled to? So do I. If you’re around the Bay next Saturday and every month after that, let’s talk. I got the answers for anyone who has the questions. It takes guts to admit that you don’t know everything. Step up and separate yourselves from the filmfakers and become a filmmaker. Dare to dream…smart.
My first entry in my new blog about the making of X’s & O’s called “The X’s & O’s of X’s & O’s”. Part 1 about casting in San Francisco versus Los Angeles and how I met my casting director (which might be the most overlooked and important position in any independent film).