Andrew Megison and I were in-between two, very large scripts that we were writing at the time of "Father-Like Son's" inception. We wanted to write something quick and fun, that we could possibly shoot in a very small time, with ourselves as the leads. Andrew pitched me the idea, and we ran with it.
"Marriage is Fun" was the original title. We wrote it over a span of two weeks, followed by another month of revisions. Raised the funds through Kickstarter and individual donations from seven investors of $5,000 each. The crew consisted mostly of Louisiana film industry members with equipment (like a free Phantom Camera) at their disposal and some northern transplants. We got help from many local establishments, like Chickie Wah Wah, Crescent City Steakhouse, and the Riverwalk Mall.
Most importantly, this film stands as a very rare (and sweet) moment in movie history, where a studio film took on a fatherly role to an independent feature. "Father-Like Son" was created under the supervision of “Django Unchained," as they guided us and provided most of the resources to create this film. It wouldn't have been possible without the unbelievable help from Tarantino and his crew.
In post-production, we began previewing the film to major motion picture individuals. It was truly remarkable that people like Kevin Costner, Laura Dern, Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Patricia Clarkson, Jon Bernthal, Peter Segal, Dean Semler, and Josh Brolin gave us a chance in viewing our talents.