“Are you a supporter of independent film? Hollywood, I can tell you … is pretty rough on outsiders. And another problem, I’ve never been that great at asking for help. But I’ve never let the lack of tools get in my way. Five years ago I started writing the screenplay, Merrily. Three long years ago I started shooting it. The movie is like a painting ... as if Picasso and Warhol had a love child."
"Merrily is an out-of-the-box dream-like movie with over 80 incredible actors including an Academy Award nominee. I wondered what it was about the script that attracted them … this massive and mighty cast. They believed in the words and they took these words and performed them like they were playing with fire."
"But now we need your help to finish. But what if no one was there to help? And we just sank to the bottom? That’s one ending. Or what if people bonded together, donated, and helped bring Merrily to life? This is my field of dreams - build it and they will come. ‘As if they dipped themselves in magic waters. People will come.’ They say that one little butterfly flapping its wings can effect the world. But what if right now all of us flapped our wings together?”
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Post Production which includes editing, color correction, special effects, ADR, sound editing, sound design, music recording, etc.
Production, the remaining 20% of scenes which includes crew, equipment, props, locations, food, etc.
Film Festivals, promotional and marketing materials.
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75% of Merrily’s crew members are female.
A dream-like romantic scene was shot in two days ... two and a half years apart. One of those days the actress was displaying her real-life full pregnant belly. She gave birth 48 hours later.
Two characters each have three different actors portraying them at different ages. Several characters interact with the younger/older versions of themselves.
Filmmaker Robert McAtee had always loved ensemble casts … and had always been fascinated by dreams and dream-like art of all kinds. So he sat down to write Merrily and two years later had finished a script which reflected his vision of life. Achieving his goal of tapping into the subconscious, he layered characters and stories like a painting. As he describes, “… as if Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol had a love child.”
Many independent filmmakers write scripts for a location to which they have access … such as an uncle that has a cabin. McAtee exercised the opposite approach when writing the dream-like movie, Merrily. That resulted in needing to cast over 80 characters and find dozens and dozens of locations on a tiny budget. With the stance that limitations are many times the greatest source of creative solutions, Robert decided to shoot Merrily on his own … taking baby steps. The script attracted an outstanding ensemble which includes an Academy Award Nominated Actress.
About Robert McAtee:
Writer/Producer/Composer/Director of Merrily
Merrily’s filmmaker, Robert McAtee, is also known as a singer/songwriter, movie composer, actor, and painter.
His movie Trail of Crumbs won over audiences and critics alike with several film festival appearances as well as a nomination for Best Actress in a Feature. Syndicated TV and Movie columnist David Inman wrote "A story that contains heart, humor and everyday weirdness. Like a good book it'll stick with you." Movie critic Richard Propes wrote "One of those indescribable indie flicks that's unafraid to be original, out there . . . the cast is stellar." His animated short It’s Up It’s Down won the Audience Award at HollyShorts in Hollywood.
In addition to scoring several films, McAtee has four commercially available albums: An Afternoon in Paris in the Middle of the Night, Wounded Love (Original Soundtrack), Impasto, Trail of Crumbs (Music for the Motion Picture)
Robert McAtee is an actor of film, television, and theater. Movie critics have raved "Top-Notch" "Very Strong" and "Stellar!" for Robert's leading roles in acclaimed feature films. On stage, he played The Visitor (Elvis Presley) in the Los Angeles production of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile as well as Clifford in Ira Levin’s Deathtrap.
An avid and prolific painter, Robert’s work has been seen in Los Angeles art galleries.
In Memory of Herman Sinitzyn:
Merrily is the last film for actor Herman Sinitzyn. He loved movies. He loved acting. He loved his family and friends. His beautiful spirit will carry on in Merrily and in our hearts.
His character, Kliment: “The skies have wings. The nights have dreams. The days leave things behind. You are going to be OK.”
From our entire cast and crew, we thank each and every one of you for your donation, your generosity, your enthusiasm, and your love of independent film.
In the words of Roger Ebert, "We'll see you at the movies."
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