Project Management and the Movies: Episode 49

August 31, 2014


Nothing illustrates the concept of a project better than the creation of a movie.

Immaculata PicturesAccording to the Project Management Institute, a project is “a temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service or result.” From an objective perspective, the creation of a movie precisely fits the definition.

But the parallels don’t stop there: movies are projects involving budgets, schedules, team building, resource management, storytelling, leadership, and vision.

Today I bring to the show Patrick Coffin and Dustin Kahia, producer and director/writer of the upcoming “Call of the Void” movie.

Patrick and Dustin share with me not only the moviemaking process and management, but also insights on what makes a good story good, and a variety of other topics.

You will also learn how you can support and become an insider as they create this beautiful movie using the Kickstarter platform.

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Patrick Coffin

Patrick Coffin, producerProducer

Nova Scotian-born Patrick is a professional writer, speaker, magician, and top-rated national radio host. He is a graduate of the prestigious “Act One: Writing for Hollywood” program. Coffin studied acting and education at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, and is graduate of McGill University in Montreal, and Franciscan University of Steubenville. He wrote the screenplay treatment for the adaptation of the novel Father Elijah by Michael O’Brien.

As a former stage actor, Patrick has appeared on the FOX Channel, Comedy Central, and EWTN. As a writer, his work has appeared in National Review Online, The Toronto Star, St. Austin Review, New Oxford Review and others. He writes the monthly column The Cinephile on classic films. His first book is titled Sex Au Naturel: What It Is and Why It’s Good For Your Marriage, with a Foreword by Peter Kreeft.

Dustin Kahia

Dustin Kahia, director/writer

Dustin Kahia, director/writer


Dustin grew up in El Cajon, located due east of San Diego, CA. As a child, Dustin dreamed of moving to Hollywood and becoming an actor. While attending college in 2007, he worked consistently as a development intern for Morgan Freeman’s production company, Revelations Entertainment. Dustin became captivated by the work of producers, and began his career in production in 2010, working as the producer, director, and writer on his first short film Masterpieces, which was an Official Selection at the prominent Newport Beach Film Festival.

Dustin earned his second producer/director/writer credit in 2012 with the short film, “Valediction,” starring the late James Avery (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Italia Ricci (ABC Family, “Chasing Life”), Bonnie Bartlett (Two-Emmy Award Winner), Sam Page (“Mad Men” and “House of Cards”), and Eyal Podell. In 2013, Dustin interned for Village Roadshow Pictures, a leading co-producer and co-financier of major Hollywood motion pictures, having release films since its establishment in 1997 including, as co-producers with Warner Bros., “The Great Gatsby,” “The Matrix” trilogy, The “Sherlock Holmes” franchise, “I Am Legend,” the “Ocean’s” series, The “Happy Feet” franchise, “Mystic River,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Get Smart,” “Gran Torino,” and “The Lego Movie.”

Be a Project Insider of “Call of the Void”

kickstarterDustin and Patrick are using the Kickstarter platform to fund this movie project.  That means that in just a few days they will be raising all the necessary funds to complete this project, and you can be a part of it.

Please visit their campaign site and consider becoming a backer.

I really believe in their approach to moviemaking and am extremely excited to see this project take place.

Check out all the perks that you will receive if you become a backer.

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