Okay, time for an update: I continue to juggle the many aspects of pre-pre-production on The Advocate, hoping to be able to set a shoot date soon. I met with several really talented actors during our casting sessions—so talented that they helped me shape my concept of the characters and, in some cases, sent me back to the keyboard for some further fleshing out. Though I haven’t made my final decisions for the main roles, I feel great about the choices we have right now.
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been turning my attention to finding the locations for our film. Given our limited budget, I always felt that securing the right sites will be one of the bigger challenges for us. There seems to be two schools of thought on finding locations in LA: the one weary of the jacked up site fees of the jaded residents of “movie town” who have long burned out on film crews taking over their streets, and the other side who maintains that there is always a spot in the city that could meet your needs; it’s only a matter of time to find it. Looks like I’m about to learn which side is right.