“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” ― Sun Tzu

Development news from CDI

Chilly mornings with hazelnut coffee to start my day. We had a few beautiful cool fall-like days and then 2 hot as heck days and now back to very cool. We are on a rollercoaster of hot/cold. With another soccer match today I’ll take the cool. Tomorrow if the rain stays will be staining/sealing the deck and some final planting in the garden. I’m also debating what kind of wine to make next. OK. Enough domestic ramblings onto some movie updates.

I had a week of good talks with distributors and I can see potential homes for some of the films. We made some good development steps this past week on a few of our projects. One  project “Secondary Heroes” set to shoot next year in Michigan is looking at locations and after a great meeting with director Stuart MacDonald some great choices were established.

Working with Terry Jernigan who wants to direct his 1st feature and it just may be “Soul Eater” which is a prequel to “The 8th Plague” and so far things look on track. That will likely be a 2012 shoot as well. I will have more info soon on “7 Stones” that is looking to shoot next month. I’ve got inside information starting to flow on the “Madam CJ Walker” and “In Our Time” projects but cannot release until they do. I’m excited about both of these projects.

“Darkest Night” is picking up steam and this month we will have a new website and trailer releasing. Yes. They are moving fast! Also the 2nd project on the slate in the GPI/CDI slate is called “Shadow of Death” and is in deep development for a 2012 shoot. We have several other development projects moving but they are smaller steps.

Anthony Hornus will get to show home state Michigan the 1st look at the complete “Outside the Wire” doc film and I’m very excited. Those interested in attending can go to the http://www.cdiproductions.com site for links. A tour will be following this film and we are in talks on TV and DVD distribution.

This week will bring some news on “7 Stones” and I also have another possible film offer I just have to read the full script and get back with my thoughts. As a hint, it will unite old friends and new ones:) Meetings, calls, follow ups lie ahead this week.

My last note on some of the film incentive stuff – some of the larger companies may not bring their productions here but for the many artists who migrated here and who live here don’t let all that hold you back. Come together, organize and create! Tell your stories and make your movies. CDI was doing it before the incentives, during them and will continue on despite what caps, limits or eliminations. We do try to look at what location is best for a story as that is the main focus.

Happy Sunday!


One response

  1. Sounds like thing are flowing very well! Congrats. Looking forward to adding another to that mix.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm

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