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January 28, 2014 > Local filmmaker seeks sponsorships of Tri-City film

Local filmmaker seeks sponsorships of Tri-City film

Submitted By Kaira

Local filmmaker, Michelle Motoyoshi, will be directing a musical-comedy web series titled, ÒPractical Uses of a Time Machine,Ó to be filmed in Union City and Sunol at the end of January. Motoyoshi, who lives in Fremont and founded her Fremont production company, Sudden Waffles Entertainment, LLC, also wrote the script and the lyrics to the pilotÕs songs.

The production includes an experienced, professional cast and crew of about 25 in the independent film industry from all around the Bay Area , including Union City, Fremont, Livermore, and Pleasanton.

MotoyoshiÕs previous community involvement includes creating the ÒOhlone for Kids After School Enrichment Program,Ó which has brought creative writing classes to schools around the Tri-City area. Her plays have been staged by the City Lights Theater, the Pacifica Spindrift Players, the Asian American Theater Company, and at the San Francisco Theater Festival.

Motoyoshi originally wrote the script as a mini-musical, which was performed several times on local stages. ÒIt all started out with sort of a silly, little thought I had,Ó Motoyoshi says, Òwhere people use a time machine to go back and correct little mistakes theyÕve made in their past.Ó

To help make the transformation from play to film, Motoyoshi is seeking donations on, as well as seeking local sponsors for on-set meal donations. The group says they have a combined, online network of over 40,000 people to whom they plan on promoting their project and sponsors to.

ÒThe general public doesnÕt realize how much time and money is involved to produce even a short film,Ó co-producer, Kaira (her full name) explains. ÒCast and crew are on set for 12 - 14 hours a day, multiple days in a row, after preparing for months. Just feeding everyone costs hundreds of dollars a day. When you add in other expenses like props and wardrobe, an entire production costs thousands.Ó

Motoyoshi further explains how she had originally hoped to shoot the exterior scenes in the Niles District of Fremont, the area Charlie Chaplin once hoped to turn into the ÒHollywood of the North.Ó Unfortunately, the film permit for this location was beyond this indie productionÕs budget. Instead, the exterior scenes will be shot at SunolÕs Historic Train Depot.

Interested sponsors and the public can find out more details about the project on Facebook at:

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