All the King's Men- 1910 Cornhusker Football a Film Written, Directed and Produced by Donnie Dodge won Best Director award at Cinefern Film Award and Competition's March 2020.
The Film is about A National Champion Coach and a roster full of Nebraska kids take on a very different game of College football in Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Cornhusker Head Coach William “King” Cole had to find a way to win or face the wrath of the Students and the Fans. One thing he did know, they were going to have to fight to win the Missouri Valley Conference.
Amateur documentary film maker and professional firefighter. I’ve turned my radio production background and love of history into a very successful run of documentary films.
Interview With Donnie Dodge
Q: What is the basic Idea Behind the film?
Donnie Dodge: The basic idea is simple, introduce people to an era of Nebraska Football history that has been forgotten.
Q: How do you handle the Pre-Production, and Post Production?
Donnie Dodge: Pre- production was hundreds of hours of research. Diving down the rabbit hole of online, yearbook and in person research. The post- production went very quickly. The editing took less than a month.
Q: What do you do to stay calm during Production of the film?
Donnie Dodge: I have a calm in me, knowing that I’m about to rescue someone else’s from forever being forgotten.
Q: What sort of stories excites you?
Donnie Dodge: People succeeding through a struggle.
Q: Do you think all the good stories have already been made into a movie?
Donnie Dodge: No- not even close. There are so many great stories, they just need to be found. The real life that people lived, not long ago, is full of drama and excitement.
Q: While casting for your film you prefer to cast a well known face or any new face which fit the character?
Donnie Dodge: The well known voices really helped to bring in some recognition.
Q: What is the most enjoyable thing about Production of the film?
Donnie Dodge: Seeing what was in my brain for years, finally coming to life in front of me.
Q: What is the best possible way to promote your film when you are on a tight budget?
Donnie Dodge: Podcasts, social media, farmers markets and craft fairs. My sneaky advertising, I printed up 4 x 6 magnets of the poster with the website on it. Everywhere I go I take a stack of them, I leave then inside the stalls in sports bars, at walmarts, gas stations. Surprisingly it seems to work really well.
Q: When your next film is coming and what is it about?
Donnie Dodge: My next film came out March of 2021. It follows the life of the Quarterback form THIS film. I had so much information in researching All the King’s Men, it seemed the natural fit to tell the story of Leon “Jerry” Warner in Dual Threat- Football & Family.
Q: What advice do you want to give to the new and upcoming filmmakers?
Donnie Dodge: Once you find a story, you found that story for a reason. Do that person justice and make sure their story never disappears.
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