“Her” The Book To Film Hatchfund Donation Technical Difficulties!


Attention: anyone who has tried to donate to our Hatchfund project to turn Her the book into Her the movie! There have been some technical difficulties for the past few days and a few people have reported not being able to donate to the campaign.

If you have visited the Hatchfund project page and tried to make a donation, but the page timed out, we have other options for you. Please call our project manager, Erin, at 877-893-0587 in order to make your tax-free donation. Alternatively, you can mail a check (payable to AIM Hatchfund) to:

AIM Hatchfund
1905 Harney Street
Omaha, NE 68102-2367

Remember that we need all of these donations in as soon as possible so we can make our goal to get started with this project, so please donate ASAP! Deadline is 9/28/14 so please don’t delay!

Visit http://www.herthebook.com

Visit and PLEASE SHARE WITH EVERYONE! http://www.hatchfund.org/project/mental_health_novel_to_film_adaptation

Thank you again for all of your donations and shares, and don’t forget that if you share with three people who donate at least $25 apiece, then you can get the first level perk!

Mental Health Novel-to-Film Adaptation Her by Felicia Johnson

When I was 15, my best friend committed suicide. I found out after her death that she had a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) stemming from the trauma of childhood abuse. I now work and volunteer in the mental health field, I see everyday how important it is for people to understand mental disorders and the havoc they can wreak on a person’s life and relationships. I know how imperative it is for people to be diagnosed early and begin to come to terms with their diagnosis and have a plan for symptom management. Taking pieces from journals I wrote about my past dealing with my own abuse and my life with Holl…

via Mental Health Novel-to-Film Adaptation.

Her the Movie Dream Cast!


Her the book will soon be Her the movie, and here is the perfect dream cast of characters! Do you think they fit the part? Leave me your feedback!

The Making of a Book Trailer Part 2 – How We Made Our Book Trailers – The Crew


With week one behind us, and two punctual scripts completed, we were ready to begin building our team. There wasn’t much time, as we only had three weeks of production to get both trailers cast and filmed. Therefore, we used our time wisely. We held auditions and interviewed for crew positions at the same time.

Ads for talent and crew were posted all over social media as well as professional sites such as love2act.com. Also, we used word of mouth to get the word out about needing help on the set. I have to say, word of mouth worked out very well for us. We had a great amount of support from our talented and loving friends. Some of these friends are people we’ve known since undergrad.

Dee Marshall was our film director. Luciano Comassetto was our wonderfully talented art director. He made sure that the story boards matched with our director’s vision. Abe McDermitt and Kenny Taylor worked as producers and casting directors. Akio Brewer was our fantastic DP and camera man, whose work we found on YouTube. Tia Jones was our amazing photographer on the set. Most of the photos that you’ll see posted in these blogs are a part of her great work. Mary Hutson is an incredibly talented make up artist that we were VERY fortunate to work with. Her work was unbelievable. She was able to make the bruises and scars on some of our actors look heartbreakingly real. You’ll get to see more of her work in more blogs to come.


Actress Haley, and make up artist Mary Hutson.


Mary Hutson, make up artist and Haley Delaney, actress.


Scars done by make up artist Mary Hutson.


Fake bruises painted on by make up artist Mary Hutson.

Laura Vick is a fashionista and all around renaissance woman. She had the title of PA, but Laura proved to be more. She made sure that casting ran smoothly. Laura ran wardrobe and costumes, and she made sure that everyone was on time, well fed, hydrated, and comfortable. If you’re going to shoot a book trailer, I suggest you make sure that you have a Laura Vick on your team. Find that one person who is skilled, dedicated, loyal, and who actually cares about what’s going on. Make sure it’s someone you trust. Laura is all that and more!

Nancy Wilson was a constant life saver on our set as a Set Assistant. Nancy was referred to us by our wonderful set designer, Danae McBurney. Danae and Nancy actually work in the film industry. Therefore, they were always prepared, on time, and reliably good with their work skills. Danae and I go way back. We used to work together several years ago, and we’ve remained friends since. And thank goodness we still had Tonina Kelly! She stayed on as script supervisor.

It was helpful to have these amazing people there to work with us. Most of them volunteered their time to help us create the two book trailers.

Casting the book trailers proved to be entertaining and fun. Because we used more than word of mouth for personal recommendations to find our cast, we really didn’t know what to expect most of the time. Social media and posting ads drew a larger response for finding actors for this book trailer. We did not do an open call casting, because we wanted to maintain control of the event. An open call would bring a large crowd and most of the actors would’ve been sitting for hours, when there may not have been a role available that would be fit for them. Therefore, we posted ads that encouraged actors to send us a resume and headshot. That way, we were able to see if we had roles that would be suitable for the actors to audition for before they came in to audition. We didn’t want to waste anyone’s time. If we saw that the actor could fit any of the roles, we scheduled an audition for them with a set day and time, and we sent them the information they needed to be there on time. This seemed like the best way to keep the auditions organized and not seem like a cattle call.


DP Akio Brewer getting ready to film.


Tonina Kelly, Laura Vick, and Akio Brewer

ImageAuditions took three days to complete. During the auditions, we conducted an interview with the actors. Because of the subject matter of the story and the types of roles we were casting, we asked a very relevant question, “How in touch with your crazy are you?” I truly believe that because of the answers we received to this question, we were able to pick the perfect cast for these book trailers. Stay tuned to the next blog and you’ll see why.

Check out the work of some of our talented crew!

Tonina Kelly: http://about.me/tonina.kelly

Luciano Comassetto: http://www.purepolygon.com/

Akio Brewer: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/akio-brewer/50/832/423

Danae McBurney: http://danaecmcburney.weebly.com/

Tia Jones: https://www.facebook.com/tiajonesphotographer

Nancy Wilson on Twitter @wilsoncreates