The first call started with a post on the popular website Reddit. Alex wanted to make a team, and a place where filmmakers can learn together, make friends, and make movies...
Dallas Film Crew has always loved group photos. This is the first "crew", or at least part of it. Meetings were held every saturday initially until they were switched to Sundays.
We had big ideas for a logo and members pitched their concepts. This was a big favorite with everyone until we realized new people thought "DFW" meant the DFW International Airport. Our crew consisted of a lot of people who were new to Dallas so we don't blame them. We eventually decided to change it to something more simple, the Dallas Film Crew.
Education is a big part of what makes our organization work. This was the first "filming" workshop where we interviewed our members on their experience with the Dallas Film Crew. and also had them use some equipment.
This is a behind the scenes photo from the First film, "Bipedal Impulses". The story revolved around a couple who were going through a tough relationship and were cheating behind each others back. The entire film was told from the perspective of the characters feet. The working title for the film was titled "feets" and the original pitch was a lot less ambitious than what our members decided to do. We are an ambitious bunch.
"Bipedal Impulses" was the first time we realized how much could be done with a small budget, good people, and the city of Dallas. We got lucky with the loft for one our scenes. The photographer understood our struggle in finding a good location and rented us his loft for a couple of days at a very modest cost.
Friendships are important in our crew and we encourage people to find like minded people. We created social days to help our members leave filming behind for one day and do something different; but just one day.
The crew continued to grow and more members joined our organization. This is probably the 2nd or 3rd group photo of the crew. The idea was to have a new group photo for every new round of pitches but the group grew to large to do that.
The group continued to grow and we needed to start thinking bigger. Initially, we planned on changing the Dallas Film Crew name to something more unique and a voting poll was created to settle the final name dispute. Eventually the winning Idea was scrapped, but it inspired the Luz Pictura name and a production company was born. Luz Pictura continues to be the main Sponsor for the short films that are pitched at the Dallas Film Crew. (the logo shown here was the initial concept, but it also changed; we like change)
As people joined the crew, we got lucky to not be short on equipment to use in our productions and have relied on our members for the majority of the equipment. This a behind the scenes photo from one of our Round 2 productions, "Face of Accomplishment"
New people started arriving at every meeting and it became hard to explain the idea of the Dallas Film Crew to every new person. New Member Days were created to solve that problem and also create an environment where everyone didn't feel like they stood out as the "new" person. Here, everyone was new and we joined the crew together.
Screenwriting workshops started growing in demand. It was hard to teach something like screenwriting and it needed to work different from the film crew. The Dallas Screenwriting Crew was created to provide a space for writers to share their ideas, critique each others work, and help writers improve on their stories. This was built on the idea of the "Brain trust"; Pixar's creative way of improving their scripts. Alex did not feel the most confident in leading this unique group and invited Daniel Wells to take a step forward and lead this creative group of writers. Daniel Wells is now the Creative Director of the Dallas Screenwriting Crew.
The growth required help and leaders to push the vision of the film crew forward. Chad Pursley, Logan Prendergast, Nathaniel Aron, & Daniel Wells were part of the initial team that still lead this organization today with Alex Espinoza. We have had several other leaders join our team for part of our history and every one of them helped us grow to where we are now. Some of them are still part of our membership, and currently we are still growing in leaders.
More people required more to do. Flash Films were created to get the crew into a team and get to filming....fast. Teams have 6 weeks to develop, film, and edit a short film which are screened at a future meeting.
The first premiere was held at the Texas Theatre and showcased 6 of our short films to the public. it was a night of celebration and tears that resonated with all our members. It was a great time to look back at the work that had been done and think about new creative ways to do bigger things.
Pitch Day continued to grow and change. From 2 winning films to 3, to now 4 films. It is one of the best parts of being a Dallas Film Crew member and it will continue to evolve to bigger adventures.
Our Group photos per pitch round are no more. But we still take the time every now and then to get everyone in front of the camera and capture the growth. This photo did not even show half our members at the time....
This year we finally took the time to make a video that captures our spirit and our vision. With the help of our Dallas Film Crew members, we created video we felt proud to kickoff our 2017 premiere with and place on our website.
More premieres, more productions, more people, and more opportunities. We are looking forward to where this adventure takes all of us.