Singing River Productions, like so many beautiful things in life, was born out of necessity and desperation. Amy and I were struggling actors who decided to study how other actors broke into the industry. After looking at the likes of Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Luke & Owen Wilson, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, etc., it was clearly apparent that they were having the same challenges that we faced. The solution seemed to be in taking destiny in hand and making one’s own projects.
I had invested in real estate a few years before meeting Amy in acting class in Los Angeles. After studying storytelling and honing my craft at the Carter Thor Studio for five years, it was time to make movies! We first produced Amy’s short film “H-Detector”, afterwards moving on to my short titled “Andrew Andrews”. After both shorts were well received, we decided to turn “Andrew” into a feature.
Making “Andrew Andrews” was not without its hurdles. This is my directorial debut. Being a first time director was scary enough, but I was also a producer, writer, and actor. At all times I had to be cognizant of what hat I was to be wearing.
Not only were there logistic and creative challenges being a small independent film, but there were also technical challenges in working with a new technology like the Red Camera. Because the technology is so new, there are so few resources to turn to for troubleshooting during production - even the experts are still learning about this camera every day.
Finances were another struggle. I had an investment due to pay off in May 2008. Production was scheduled for July. In May, we were notified that the investment fell through, but the money for the film had already been spent. Amy and I were maxing out credit cards and using our entire savings to get this movie made.
In the end, all the blood, sweat and tears were worth it. I hope that others can see the joy and the pain in a character forced to grow up and face the real world. Feels a bit like myself, really. I know we didn't make a movie that will change the world. But if we can make one person laugh in these troubled times, then we have accomplished our goal. Enjoy.
Will & Amy