Opening Scene – The Impact Factor Movie


No Budget Film Trailer Challenge.

I’m in pre-production for a trailer for a feature film project.  The trailer is being produced to help fund the movie and unfortunately until we get funding in place, this is a no-budget project.

The Premise: A rising, young Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Philadelphia is caught in the middle of a political scandal and learns how to have a real impact from the bottom up.

The opening scene ties together the rise and fall with a powerful visual of the Philadelphia City hall from the dirt and grime of the streets, to the observation deck where our young Chief of Staff is seen for the first time with her aide,  here’s the opening scene of the trailer for the Impact Factor Movie.

Ext. Philadelphia City Hall - NIGHT
Hot summer night. Philadelphia is sweaty and dirty and steamy. A close POV sweeps down 
Broad Street's sidewalk weaving through trash dirt and clutter at foot level past a 
PANHANDLER and across the street in front of Philadelphia City Hall, past the statue in 
the front, the CAMERA flies up the side of the building, up to the observation deck where we see DESTINY DRIFTING and LLOYD BENSON, past William Penn's statue on the top of the 
tower and arcs into the sky doing a barrel roll before starting the return fall to the 
street. It's the rise from the street to power and what happens when you reach the top.

The Challenge

The challenge is that because of security issues flying a drone up the side of Philadelphia City Hall is not likely to happen.  My vision is that we can create this opening shot using street level footage, stills and green screen using Adobe After Effects.

The question is, “What’s the best way to create this opening scene, using the above tools?”  Or … “is there a better way?”

Would love any input you have!

All the best,

Ken McArthur

Best-Selling Author and Producer
The Impact Factor Movie
The Impact Masterminds
The Impact Action Plan Workshops


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