Interview About DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN in WV Paper

Thank you to Lindsey Fleming and The Dominion Post in Morgantown, WV – my childhood home – for a nice article about my film DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN and our Kickstarter Campaign.

FILM: Morgantown native makes drama

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MORGANTOWN — When you’re trying to make a movie, you can count on it falling apart, at least a few times, said filmmaker Joshua Tunick.

“You’re constantly dealing with obstacles and having to pull it back together. But you get better at it,” said the Morgantown native, who wrote and directed his first full-length feature, “Do You Take This Man.”

“I’ve tried to get other films going, and I’ve gotten close a number of times. … But up until this point, this film has been kind of blessed. Every time something bad happened, something 10 times better followed it.”

While he and producing partner Eric Kops were able to collect enough money to shoot the gay marriage drama, they don’t have enough to cover post-production costs. So, they began a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to raise the $35,000 required to finish the film in time for its July 16 debut at Los Angeles film festival, Outfest.

They recently passed the halfway mark.

Featuring Anthony Rapp (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Rent,” “Dazed and Confuse”), Jonathan Bennett (“Mean Girls” and “Van Wilder: Freshman Year”) and Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “American Pie”), it tells the story of two very different people who are about to get married, when an old friend walks into their lives and upsets the balance of things.

The money from Kickstart will be used for sound design, editing, mixing, color correction, music clearances and mastering.

To donate to “Do You Take This Man,” visit kickstarter.com/projects/118474767/do-you-take-this-man.

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Interview With The Maine Edge

Thank you to The Maine Edge for this nice interview, about DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN, and our Kickstarter Campaign.

Bangor resident’s film ‘Do You Take This Man’ needs your help

Filmmaker Joshua Tunick looks to Kickstarter for funds to complete movie

BANGOR – A local filmmaker needs a hand in getting his latest project to the finish line.

Joshua Tunick’s film “Do You Take This Man” – a movie that he both wrote and directed – was shot last year in Los Angeles. It’s the story of a gay couple about to get married – and all that that entails – but ultimately, the film is about marriage, no qualifier.

While the lion’s share of the work is done, a number of post-production tasks are yet to be done. Things like sound design, color correction, mastering – these are the things that take a film from “almost finished” to “finished.”

They are also things that cost money. In an effort to raise the necessary funds, Tunick has created a Kickstarter campaign (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/118474767/do-you-take-this-man) so that he can get the film ready for screening at film festivals and venues across the country – including one at Railroad Square in Waterville.

As of this writing, the project was over halfway to its funding goal of $35,000, but with just over a week left – the campaign ends on July 2 – “Do You Take This Man” still needs your help.

Tunick took the time to answer a few questions about the film and the experiences and obstacles that have come with the process.

What prompted you to want to tell this particular story?

I’ve had quite a number of very good friends who are gay, and supporting gay rights has been a very important issue for me since the first of my good friends came out in High School. I’ve also been married for almost 14 years, and they have been the best 14 years of my life. Marriage has been a phenomenally important force in my life, and I wanted to make a film about why marriage matters, and why it is something everyone should be able to experience for themselves if they so desire.

I didn’t want to make a film specifically about gay marriage, however. Really, I just wanted to make a film about two very different people and the challenges they face in trying to make their relationship work. The fact that this story is about two men is not the point – the point is marriage can be an amazing, wonderful, yet extremely difficult endeavor for any two people. My larger hope is that by telling this story through a gay couple without climbing up on a soapbox, it might have a positive impact on those who may not previously have supported gay marriage.

What kind of obstacles have you faced in trying to make this film happen?

Independent films have always been a struggle to get made, and it’s only gotten worse over the years. While digital cinema has lowered the cost to some degree, it is still an extremely expensive process. The decline of cinema-going, coupled with the decline of the DVD/home market, has seriously crippled the ability to get most projects funded. Raising money to get this film made has unquestionably been the biggest challenge.

Believe it or not, getting the cast and crew together was the easy part. The response to the script was incredible, and people were excited to get involved in the project. I think that as Hollywood shifts more and more to the 100-million dollar plus filmmaking model, there is a strong desire from both cast and crew to make these smaller, meaningful, character driven films.

This was your first time making this sort of film – were there any big surprises?

I guess the biggest surprise was that we would end up with the cast and crew that we did. I just didn’t expect the kind of reaction to the material that we received, and that we would attract the level of talent that we did – at all levels. I had pictured the film a certain way when I was writing it, and the reality of it exceed my expectation in every possible way.

I suppose the other big surprise was how smoothly the production went. Raising money was a challenge, and getting the film finished has been a challenge (again, a money issue), but actually making the film was a pleasure. One wonderful thing about making a film like this, this way, is that the people who are involved are only involved because they want to be. Money was not a motivating factor for anyone, believe me. The actors all worked for the absolute minimum the Screen Actors Guild allows them to, which is next to nothing, and our crew all worked for absolute bare minimums as well.

How long has this process taken, from the story’s conception to now?

The process of making this film has actually gone unusually fast. Most independent films take at least five years to get going. I started playing with the rough story idea at the end of 2013, I wrote the script in the spring of 2014, we started attaching cast in the fall of 2014, and we shot in June of 2015.

I had an initial cut of the film together in October of 2015, but getting from that cut to a finished film has taken these last eight – nine months. We never had money allocated for post-production, so while I knew I could edit the film myself, hiring a composer, doing the sound design and mix, getting the color correction done – these have been challenges.

There are phenomenally talented people out there who are excited to help us with these things, but there are very few people who can afford to do it for free – at least not at the level we need. There is a real catch-22 with that; no one can buy the film, or even see it, if we can’t get it done, but if we don’t get it done to a certain level of quality it won’t matter if it’s completed or not, there won’t be a buyer for it. I’ve made several films by just running out by myself with a camera and doing it – this isn’t a film like that, and so finishing it the right way has been a financial struggle.

What’s your connection to Bangor?

I live and work in Bangor (as an architect), and my wife Allison (maiden name Bragg) was born here and grew up here. We decided to move here after having our two children, Sawyer and Alexandra, to raise them in this wonderful environment, with the incredible schools, and to have family nearby to help out and be a part of their lives. I grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia, which is very, very similar in a lot of ways, and we both wanted our children to experience the kinds of childhoods we both had. It has been a wonderful decision and we are very happy here.

Feel free to add anything you’d like our readers to know about the film, about the campaign, about whatever you like.

I’m very grateful to all of the people who have contributed to our campaign so far, but we’re still a fair way from meeting our goal, so any additional help would be awesome. The Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville has generously offered to have a special screening of the film, where I will talk about it and do a Q&A – and that is one of the Kickstarter rewards we are offering.

Maine is a wonderful place to live as an artist, and I’m really grateful to the community, and for their support. It’s a joy to live and work here, and I’m certainly hoping to be able to shift to doing more of my films here. I have several ideas that I am working on that I hope to shoot in Maine, utilizing some of the incredible talent and resources we have in this state. I would love to help bring more production to the state, and to foster the growing community of filmmakers here.

(Again, if you’d like to donate to Joshua Tunick’s Kickstarter for “Do You Take This Man,” you can find it at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/118474767/do-you-take-this-man.)

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Kickstarter Campaign

Please Help Us Finish – DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN

The support from everyone for our film has been amazing, and humbling.

We are extremely close to having the film finished, but we’re out of money.

Please help us finish the few remaining post production processes we need to premiere the film by supporting us on KickStarter – and spreading the word!

Here’s the link to the campaign, and a lot more information about where we are at, and what we need to finish:

DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN KickStarter Campaign

Modern Love is now – DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN

We’re very excited to announce a title change to our film – DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN

Alyson Hannigan Joins the “Modern Love” Family

Variety – Alyson Hannigan Joins Gay Marriage Drama ‘Modern Love’

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I am so excited to announce that Alyson Hannigan has joined our phenomenal “Modern Love” cast. Welcome to the family!

Alona Tal Joins “Modern Love”

Hollywood Reporter Article

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Alona is an amazing actress and a wonderful person, and we’re incredibly excited to have her join the cast of “Modern Love”.

Stress

I ask myself all the time if the stress in my life is worth it. I’m about to make a movie, so yeah, there’s a lot of stress – but a lot of immense enjoyment too. I love what I’m doing, I love who I’m fortunate enough to be working with, and even when it’s crazy stressful, I still love it. That’s how I know this is what I should be doing.

But I still do think about the effect of all that stress on my mental and physical health. This Ted Talk by Kelly McGonigal is really fascinating – she’s says it’s all in how you view that stress. With all of these kinds of things, who knows if it’s right, but it’s certainly interesting, and worth watching.

“Modern Love” in Variety

Kate Walsh, Anthony Rapp, & Jonathan Bennett to Star in ‘Modern Love’

Kate Walsh & Anthony Rapp

Jonathan Bennett

One thing not mentioned in the story is that Anthony Rapp and Jonathan Bennett are playing the two grooms.

I’m so incredibly honored to be working with Anthony, Jonathan, and Kate and can’t thank them enough for believing in this film and lending their incredible talents to it.

Thank you to my friends and family for your incredible support, and stay tuned for some more very exciting casting announcements soon!

Work / Life Balance

My wife sent me this video, and I feel the need to share it. It’s funny the things that impact you – the story he tells about his day with his son and the son’s reaction hits hard. It’s easy to tell yourself that you’re working long hours and doing your best to make money so that your kids will have the best possible lives, but the simple truth is that when your parents are gone, what wouldn’t you give to have another day with them? What sum of money that they left you would overwhelm that desire? Especially to have another day with your parents when you are four.

Time is precious, and children grow up incredibly fast. I love his point about redefining what success means. We need to define it internally, not externally.