A Kodiak commercial fisherman has finished production on a fictional movie he wrote and directed about a road trip on U.S. Route 66.
Filmmaker Doug Herman has been a Kodiak salmon fisherman for almost 20 summers over the last 30 years. He’s also worked in Alaska as a freelance writer and artist.
“Fishing is that day job they always tell you to keep,” Herman said.
When he’s not fishing, Herman spends his time in the Lower 48, which is where he got interested in film. Herman had several friends in Santa Monica, Calif. who were working on a movie, so the pieces fell into place for him to get involved in the industry.
“It’s just something that kind of happened,” he said.
Herman went to community college in Valencia, Calif. at age 60, wrote a script, and shot his first film, “Caution to the Wind,” in 12 days.
“I just thought I could,” he said. “You dare yourself to do something.”
“Caution to the Wind” tells the story of a group of young misfits who take a classic car called “The Yellow Submarine” to Las Vegas to be entered into a charity auction. Along the way the characters encounter a troubled hitchhiker, a long-dead embezzler and other distractions that detour the road trip.
“The tagline of the movie is: ‘Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans,’” Herman said. “Of course, lots of things happen along the way.”
The difficult part of making the film was that Herman had to be the art director, casting director, food person, location scouter and coordinator of rooms and schedules.
“You have to wear all the hats when you’re making an independent movie,” he said.
Finding the right actors and actresses for the job took quite a bit of time, Herman said. When he listed the job for a “Taylor Swift lookalike” for one of the main roles, he received over 285 actress submissions in a six-hour period. The actors and actresses in the film are all unknown.
Initially the film cost was estimated to be around $20,000 to produce, but post-production has pushed the cost to more than $30,000.
“Now we are slowly going through post-production, where you throw more money at your project and hope it doesn’t sink,” Herman said.
He is currently working with a distributor to get the film on streaming websites like Amazon and Netflix.
Herman is done fishing for the summer, and he hopes to show the film in Kodiak before heading back to work with his distributor. Anyone interested in hosting a local showcase of the film can contact Doug Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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