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Make Your Movie by Barbara Freedman Doyle

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Chapter 17

Maybe We Should Go to Canada, or Someplace Else

WHERE TO SHOOT THE MOVIE

Your script is written for Wisconsin. It’s a coming of age story. It’s your story. Everything that happens in the script happened to you and taught you an important life lesson, and you are determined to replicate it all down to the last detail: that year, that town. It’s your history.

But wait a minute. This is not a documentary. We’re in the business of illusion here. We know that the dead bodies aren’t really dead people. The talking animals can’t really speak. Must you really shoot your movie in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin? I hope not, because it’s probably not going to happen. Here are some reasons why:

There’s no qualified local crew. You’d have to cover plane ...

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