The Making of “The YES Movie”
Friday, September 18, 2009
Posted by: Matthew Montoya
<Attendees to the 7th Annual NACCE Conference will be able to attend a complementary showing of the movie, Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 8:30pm>
By Louis Lautman
Executive Producer of
the YES movie & Founder, Young
I woke up last year on my
30th birthday and thought to myself that there had to be more. I knew I was an
entrepreneur, but wondered if I was still a young entrepreneur. I had always
gravitated toward other young successful people and others always wondered how
I did so much at such a young age, but I knew I had more in me. I thought about
all the amazing young people I had met over the years, then started researching
more and thought that there were some amazing stories out there that most of
the world didn’t know about and would love to hear.
I wondered what would be
the best way to get the stories out about these amazing young geniuses, then it
hit me…make a movie. I loved the idea, only…I had never made a movie before.
But I knew I could do anything in this world and if I let this chance pass me
by, I would never get over it. I am all about taking action and seizing
opportunity and I knew that this is where my path was meant to go…or at least I
said so! I believe you don’t find your destiny, but de-fine your destiny.
I began to intensely
research every aspect of the film world, from pre-production to post production
to marketing to distribution and everything in between. After about two months
of research, I began the pre-production phase of "The YES Movie.” I could have
been nervous, but I decided to be excited, at every step of the way from
interviewing production companies to arranging our shots to setting up a
three-month tour of the U.S.
I was fired up and ready
to meet the nation’s most successful young self-made multi-millionaires. As the
production crew and I took off around the country, we met amazing people along
the way and each person taught me so much about business and life and true
happiness. As a first-time film producer, I felt very happy that I made it to
the production phase. Many filmmakers and people who want to start their own
business never see their dream come to fruition for many reasons, but the
biggest excuse I hear is that they don’t have the money.
I can tell you that
whatever your dream is, there is always money out there to make it a reality!
If you want coaching on how to find the funds, you will have to watch our
movie. I can tell you that everything went perfectly, because I believe that
everything did…however, that is not to say that things didn’t go over budget,
we got lost, we missed appointments, we missed flights, equipment broke, we
were stuck in traffic, blah, blah, blah, blah!
None of that matters.
What matters is that I spent three months on the road and got the footage that
I needed and it rocked. As we went into the post-production phase, I was
fortunate to hook up with Emmy-Award winning writer Robyn Symon and Lifestyle
Production guru Bernard Bonomo. With this awesome combination, our film was
sure to be world class.
Again, I could tell you
about the challenges in the relationship or re-arranging our schedules or losing
data in computer crashes and the challenges of setting the strategy to make
this the best film ever made on the topic of young entrepreneurship, but as you
will learn when you watch the film, successful entrepreneurs all go through
"stuff” and it’s not the "stuff” that matters, but how you react to that stuff
that matters. What I did was make a world-class film despite all the "stuff”
that happened along the way.
"The YES Movie” had its
premier in Las Vegas this past spring and will be screened in select theaters
and on specifically targeted high school and college campuses to reach young
people as directly as possible. The film is already inspiring a global audience
via online viewing and DVD sales of the film. For more information about "The
YES Movie” or to view the official trailer, go to: www.theYESmovie.com.
*For more information on
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