Origin stories of how films are birthed are inherently interesting and tend to be one of the first questions that people ask you when you meet with them or at film festivals on Q&A panels. But I want to take this origin story a bit further back.
In autumn 2016, my business partner Maria Springer and I were actively looking to start our OBSERVATORY Finishing Fund. We wanted to get other people's movies over the finish line. But movies kept coming in with bigger and bigger budgets. One film in particular, about a Hollywood actor, needed $200,000 to finish off. And the director predicted it would be ready some time in mid-2018. From our perspective this was both too expensive and too slow.
Maria turned to me and said, "Stephen, How much would it take you to make a documentary from start to finish?"
I ran some numbers and concluded I could make a viable film for $50,000.
"So go do it," Maria replied.
And that was the real start of our EUROTRUMP adventure: the confidence that we could make films on miniscule budgets, and that we would be able to sell such films. We decided to not just limit OBSERVATORY to our initial idea as a Finishing Fund, and we began taking on Start to Finish Productions too.