Richard La Motte

Author-Artist-Film Maker-Designer/Builder-Business Person

 

 
LOW BUDGET PRODUCTION

 

Here I’ve listed some of my motion picture related education and production experience, generally not mainstream and geared more to low budget production.

 

Education:
film school – Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.
Screen Writing, Film Production – U.C.L.A., U.S.C. extension courses.

Software: Film Budget Program, Writing programs, DV Editing program.

 

CLOUD DANCER PRODUCTIONS:

This is my PRODUCTION COMPANY with its own upcoming production schedule.

The company dates to 1981. As an independent Art Department for Costume, Set and Property needs I’ve serviced many film and television productions with design and construction of all types; including: 1000 uniforms for ‘Red Dawn’.

 

STUDIO HEAD:

Springboard Studios:

In the early 80’s I wanted to try another business and so developed a sound stage rental facility, Springboard Studios, in the San Fernando Valley. The idea was a good one but we were under capitalized and unable to secure a space with sufficient growth potential, so, after about four years of hosting small productions of all sorts we sold the facility. In those four years of operation I was the day-to-day rental facilities manager. We offered a ‘full-service’ package to low budget filmmakers. Our clients were usually music video or commercial companies, or sometimes production companies making low budget features. Once we found the client, I would/could act in any of the following roles: Producer, Writer, Director, Production Designer, or Set Construction Supervisor. Once shooting started I sometimes became first A.D., on set Decorator, and/or Gaffer/Grip.

I was able to have a lot of fun and enjoy a lot of experiences that I could never get at a major studio. It gave me a real feel for Low Budget Production and what it takes at that level to be successful. I still enjoy it and look forward to more work in that arena.

At one point I worked with a loan broker reviewing film packages submitted to him for funding. This experience was very instructive—I was exposed to many types of film business models and saw, first hand, why some potentially good projects, presented badly, never make it past business savvy scrutiny.

I still enjoy constructing packages for film funding.

 

PRODUCER:
‘Jezebel’s Kiss’ - This was a $1M outing (RCA/Columbia) (I also did double duty as Production Designer),
“Police Shootings’ – Industrial,
I also produced several low budget shoots at Springboard Studios.

 

DIRECTOR:
‘Campus Hustle’ - We shot this in 5 days for $35,000 – it got a U.S.A. cable release.
‘Legend of Liana’ – independent pilot,
‘Police Shootings’ – Industrial,
two student films at Art Center, Pasadena, California.

 

WRITER:
Several screen plays, four optioned, no sales. I am not a W.G.A. member. I enjoy writing and am good at it, while I have writing programs on my computer I still prefer to work with paper notes and 3x5 cards.

I have studied screen writing at ‘Rick Pamplin’s Writer Workshop’, U.C.L.A. and U.S.C. extension courses and I’ve read hundreds of scripts; many of them major feature fare, and have the added experience of seeing how things glossed over in a screenplay and/or production meetings play out in production, sometimes with sever budget implications.

With that in mind, I’m happy to read and review screenplays, and have done so for many aspiring screen writers.

 

PRODUCTION DESIGNER:
Always fascinated by the sets I encountered on Major lots, I couldn’t wait to build something myself. I love the process, a combination of business organization, artistic vision, architectural knowledge and craftsmanship, starting with nothing and creating something amazing. Now, enhanced with new digital technology, anything is possible.

Credits include:
‘Gladiator’ (MOW),
‘the Giant of Thunder Mountain’, ‘Desire’,
30+ commercials and music videos.

 

STORYBOARD ARTIST:
My production and set experience, along with my background in illustration, enabled me to understand the principles of storyboard art, and I enjoyed doing storyboards for many commercials and various film projects.