Quality Problems is listed as one of my favorite films to see at Cinequest Film Festival 2017. Quality Problems, those problems that aren’t too small and don’t happen every day. Oh you know, cancer, kids grandpa running away from home (alzheimers) and preparing for your daughter’s 8th birthday party.
I would like to introduce you to the team behind Quality Problems and how they made it work. Brooke Purdy wanted to get her passion child off the ground so she enlisted a handful of friends.
Colette Freedman flushed out the screenplay and kept Brooke (writer/director/star) voice authentic and made it flow. Producer Jen Prince was already a friend attending boot camp classes. Brooke mentioned she was working on this and Jen (background in film) jumped on board. Yeah that guy (Doug Purdy) and the lovely kids, it worked because Brooke could be super bossy and tell them exactly what to do. She was one of the directors. Okay, it wasn’t like that but she teamed up with her husband to co-direct as well as her co-star and it flowed. Can’t forget Jhennifer Webberley who was co-producer, editor and 1st Assistant Director (attended opening weekend) who was unable to attend the closing weekend.
How did the team make it work? Each member is very passionate about their work and they made it work despite all the other commitments. You just make it work… Oh, you need specifics?
Instead of having afternoon playdates and talking about the latest celebrity gossip they talked goals and made it happen. The Quality Problems team would get together while kids played and they created and mapped out their strategy. After hours when the kids were in bed (someone must have had to give up Bunco) it worked. When you spend that much time together they became not only a tribe but extended family. You get it right? Find your tribe, strategies, implement and crowd fund.
Everyone seems to be crowdfunding today for something but that is how it works to enlist unknown supporters. The team loves Seed and Spark, I have also noticed there were many other filmmakers at Cinequest that used Seed and Spark too. How did they keep on budget? A few locations donated their space but the majority of scenes were at Brooke’s and Doug’s house.
What were the biggest challenges? They needed to film and complete it before the kids didn’t look like 8 and 12 years old. The team cleared their schedules for three weeks and finished the filming.
You know how I feel about the film but what about the other audience members? Quality Problems have lots of fans. Why? It is easy to see yourself in each of these situations. One gal told me it was an emotional rollercoaster. Perfect! She needed to connect once more to all those emotions and was moved.
I challenge you to move over to their website, follow them on Twitter and love them on Facebook. You know they will be at your local film festival soon and on your favorite VOD whatever platform that might be!