Owen Radliff is the producer of the independently made martial arts/spy thriller/action film and feature-in-production Black Salt. The thirty minute short feature that launches the series was completely funded by an Indiegogo campaign, and currently they are in the process of raising funds to complete the feature. MRC sat down with Mr. Radiff to talk about where they are at in the process, the triumphs and the difficulties, and what lies ahead.
Peace Mr. Owen Radliff, how are you and where are you from?
I’m fine and I live in Las Vegas but born and raised in L.A.
Can you explain to us what is Black Salt? Who came up with that concept?
I created the Black Salt franchise. Black Salt is an action film project based on the critically acclaimed comic book franchise. The story is an epic thriller merging the world of modern-day espionage and political intrigue with the ancient world of martial arts. The franchise includes integrated branding opportunities for the following: Black Salt collectible items, Apparel Line,Comic Books, Trading Cards, Toys, Animated Series, Video Game, Soundtrack/Music Tour, TV series and Feature Film Trilogy. The short film is a precursor to the Black Salt feature film and TV series that are fully developed.
How will this film be distributed?
We’re working on distribution for the 30-minute mini-feature through distribution companies also you will be able go to the Black Salt website and download for it for $2.99.
Will there be a soundtrack? Can an independant artist submit music for this project and How?
Yes there will be a soundtrack. We’ll have a contest and the winner’s song will go on the website and they will perform a few dates on the tour. All the information is on the Black Salt website.
Describe a typical day in the office or on location for you?
Get up at 5:30 am and answer all emails, develop the project and try to make connection to keep pushing the project forward.
What are some of the obstacles you’ve had to overcome on your journey to releasing this project?
The biggest obstacles has been funding. I’ve put up my own money and had successful crowd funding campaigns.
Is there a fund raising campaign? Info?
Yes I am doing a second crowd funding campaign to raise more funding for marketing and promotions. We have already shot the film and we are presently doing all the special effects and editing. The info for our crowd funding campaign is here.
What does the next 12 months hold for you production wise?
The next 12 months will be finishing the mini-feature and release, put the soundtrack and tour together, finish the Black Salt mobile video game and trying to get investors for the Black Salt feature film project.
What advice would you give to anybody wanting to make an indie film?
It’s a lot of hard work and cost a lot of money. If you are going to do a film you must have a team. Try and put a team together were you have different people that can do different things inside the movie business. Because the more your team can do, the less money you will have to spend.
Last words or shouts?
The reason I created this film was because I wanted to see more minority role models on the big screen with roles that had real social values behind them.
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IMAGE: Black Salt Film