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After carefully auditioning dozens of actresses, I have cast the lead actress. Her name is Tina Stance. The nuances of subtleties of her performance in the audition nailed the character, and it truly felt like the character from the script had walked out of the pages and come to life.

If you are in a position where you just can't contribute any funds for the film, you can still help! Get the word out about Love Bound and make some NOISE about this campaign! 

A strong grassroots movement would be a natural fit for a project like this. This is more than just entertainment-it is also a wake-up call!

And use social media to get people to see what the Love Bound campaign is all about! I will leave you now with the clip below that helps convey the tone of this movie:

There has never been a movie showing the utter loneliness that millions of men suffer today in total silence as their plight is ignored by the rest of society. I'm here to change all that.

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Add to that the incessant lop-sided message men get from the media that portrays men as monsters and rapists, and you have a situation where even the bravest man may become paralyzed with fear of even approaching a woman that he may be interested in.

Exacerbating the issue is that we are all now living in a world where so many have lost the skill of real-life, face-to-face communication, and where communication is increasingly screen-to-screen, which it makes it that much more of a challenge for men to successfully connect in meaningful ways with women.

It’s probably not a coincidence that all these things are happening in silence while the world is also silent to the fact that three-quarters of all suicides are male. Men are experiencing something horrifying in silence as the world has no knowledge about it.

Also, after months of searching, I have found the cinematographer who is a perfect match for this project, as he not only shares my vision for this film on a deep level, but he also is the consummate professional even at such a young age.  His dedication to his craft, his knowledge, and his winning attitude stood out from our first meeting. 

His name is Richard Szabo. 

I am directing this film, this script is done, and I have every scene planned out in my mind. It is a feature length film; a love story packed with drama and suspense. The lead actress has already been cast, and I am playing the male protagonist. I also have my cinematographer chosen.

What we need in order to make this film look not only professional, but beautiful, the way it was envisioned, is a budget of $20,000 which is the minimum required to produce it. This is basically the MINIMUM for making a low-budget film on a professional level.

As a quick breakdown, these funds go towards the actors, the equipment, the absolutely essential 3-person professional crew responsible for cinematography, lighting, and sound, and toward obtaining the permits to film at the various locations required.

Thank you to all those of you who have contributed so far! We are making

progress but still have a way to go. Let's get this important movie made.


You can make it happen by contributing to the film's PayPal address: michael@thedatingwizardreturns.com


Help make this film happen by  

contributing to the film through 

PayPal.

The PayPal address is:

michael@thedatingwizardreturns.com

Thank you to all those of you who have contributed so far! 

We are making progress but still have a way to go.

Let's get this important movie made.


You can make it happen by contributing to the film's PayPal address: michael@thedatingwizardreturns.com


Help make this film happen by 

contributing to the film through PayPal.

The PayPal address is: michael@thedatingwizardreturns.com

Love Bound is a truly original film, dealing with the issues of male angst, loneliness and alienation that are bubbling just beneath the surface in our society. These topics tend to be "swept under the carpet" by the mainstream media that tends to portray men's issues as unworthy of care or attention.

I know that the key to this film's exposure is not going to be the mainstream media. It's going to be word-of-mouth from people like YOU. People who care enough, or who already know full well what is happening today and who can't be fooled by the mainstream media. I also know there is already a massive hunger out there for a movie like this.

Not only do I understand the issues underlying the film's story from my own years of professional experience helping men overcome these challenges, but as an experienced screenwriter I also understand how to make the story moving, exciting, and ultimately, inspiring.   

I will also truly champion this film in every media interview that I land. This is a mission that I am obsessed about, and every interview will be treated as if it's the most important one.

And of course, our team for making this film has already demonstrated how well we work together. We all have one priority: Making this film GREAT.  And it is through this shared goal and through our teamwork that we will overcome ANY challenges that arise. We are devoted, experienced, and passionate, and we are excited to take this journey together with YOU!

The story is about a man who is an idealist when it comes to relationships and the nuclear family. He wants to have in his real-life that image of 1950s America, with the stereotypical nuclear family, and where marriage and commitment between a man and woman was held more sacred than it is today. 

This idealism has led to a life full of failed relationships. In a moment of inspiration and desperation, he falls for and kidnaps a beautiful woman, and then attempts to win her love and create the perfect romance. Though terrified at first, over time she discovers his true personality and finds herself falling in love with him. As they grow together, he eventually risks everything by trusting in their love and freeing her, which causes his own capture and imprisonment. Years later, after serving his sentence, he emerges from prison only to find that she is there, waiting, still in love with him.

Those are the nuts and bolts of the story-and obviously the style in which the story is going to be told is of paramount importance.

By the end of this film, I want the world to see and feel the UNSPOKEN TRUTH about the millions and millions of men around the world-the INFINITE LOVE they truly have for women, and the ALIENATION AND FRUSTRATION they struggle with in a world that often condemns them as monsters.

Your contribution will help make this HAPPEN. You can help create a cultural SHIFT in the way our society looks at men, a shift that is morally RIGHT, and will help create harmony between men and women. When there is greater harmony between men and women, that means stronger bonds, stronger relationships, stronger families, and ultimately a stronger society.


You can contribute by PayPal to the film: michael@thedatingwizardreturns.com 

The goal of this film is to move people regarding a subject matter that forms the bedrock of our civilization but that is now in grave jeopardy like no other time in history: The bond between man and woman. Changing social values, the erosion of tradition, and new technologies, as well as  political correctness have not only alienated millions of men into lonely existences, but have made it almost impossible for them to speak up, lest they be labelled as "weak".  

This film will capture that reality in the most powerful way, and evoke a response from those who see the film. The goal is to make this film an "agent of change" in society, and a wake-up call as well. It will show how much men really love women, contrary to the horrific image of men we are bombarded with in the media these days.

And my over fifteen years of working with men around the world regarding their challenges with women gives me the in-depth perspective to make this film believable and true to life. Also, my screenwriting has placed at the finalist level in several contests before, so you know that the story is going to be done right by me.

And although I don't have a long acting resume behind me, my monologue performance where I played the character of John Rambo breaking down at the end of the film First Blood  received over nine-thousand views, with overwhelmingly positive comments.  It was even featured on Bill Simmons' (from ESPN) Grantland .

This character is similar in one important way to the character I'm playing in this film: He is an alienated, lonely, and innocent man who is looked down upon by society, and he has been forced to keep his turmoil internalized for years until it finally explodes:

The $20,000 budget is going toward these specific costs, and please keep in mind that the cost of the film would be much higher, but since I am directing, writing, and acting, I'm saving these costs and putting that money back into the film to take the film's production values to an even higher level. 

Also, many of the actors and crew are volunteering their talents for this film, which is greatly appreciated and a huge factor in making this film possible at this budget.

My name is Michael Marks, and I'm a screenwriter, director, and actor. I've formerly served as a screenwriting instructor at the Toronto Film College, Humber College, and Centennial college, and several of my scripts have placed as finalists or quarter-finalists in screenwriting competitions such as Scriptapalooza. I've also written, directed, and acted in a short film called "The Promise".

I also was one of the first dating coaches in the world for men, and I know the struggle millions of men face when it comes to dating women. I have over 15 years of experience in this field, and the realities exposed to me during that time were a rude awakening that clashed with the stereotypes I had been bombarded with my entire life by the mainstream media: Stereotypes of men being "only interested in one thing", and stereotypes of women "just wanting to meet a nice guy". 

Instead of finding it easy to meet women for genuine relationships, millions of men (for lack of a better term, "nice guys") often face insurmountable obstacles, where they must possess criteria regarding their status, income, looks, height, or other expectations that are impossible for them to attain.

  • $1,500 - Cinematographer (makes the chief lighting, framing, and composition decisions)
  • $1000 - Actors
  • $1000 - Assistant Director
  • $1000 - Film Editor
  • $1000 - Sound Production
  • $1,000 - Script Supervisor
  • $500    - Location Scout
  • $1000  - Production Design
  • $1,000 - Music Composition/Licensing
  • $1,000 - Focus Puller
  • $1,500 - Location Permits
  • $1,500 - Equipment
  • $1000 - Food
  • $2500 - Film Festival Fees
  • $500   - Props
  • $1000 - Vehicles
  • $1000 - Insurance
  • $500   - Transportation

This is what gave me the idea to make a movie that captures the loneliness, the alienation, and the struggle that millions of men around the world face today-and often face in silence.

Part of this silence stems from a cultural expectation that being masculine means not speaking about your pain, and part of this silence stems from a cultural perspective that seems to discount men's physical and emotional health issues regardless of whether men discuss it or not.

And since the rest of society has no clue about what is happening to these men, these men become even further alienated instead of getting help, and they fall deeper and deeper into the abyss of despair.  Having healthy relationships is a vital part of maintaining one's psychological well-being, and these men are being deprived of even the opportunity to develop these relationships. 

I’ve seen up close and personal what is really happening. As a man in his twenties and thirties, I had to face these issues myself. So I have a very personal connection to all this.

This is why I am so passionate about making this film. The silence has to end. The rest of the world needs to know what millions of men are going through in order for there to be a cultural shift in our perception of men. And there is nothing more powerful to raise awareness of an issue than a movie that strikes people where it really counts-in their hearts.

I am directing this film, this script is done, and I have every scene planned out in my mind. It is a feature length film; a love story packed with drama and suspense. The lead actress has already been cast, and I am playing the male protagonist. I also have my cinematographer chosen.

What we need in order to make this film look not only professional, but beautiful, the way it was envisioned, is a budget of $20,000 which is the minimum required to produce it. This is basically the MINIMUM for making a low-budget film on a professional level.

As a quick breakdown, these funds go towards the actors, the equipment, the absolutely essential 3-person professional crew responsible for cinematography, lighting, and sound, and toward obtaining the permits to film at the various locations required.

Euston McGovern is a seasoned sound recordist/mixer who trained at Sheridan’s Advanced Television and Film Program. He enjoys social commentaries, whether they be fictional or otherwise, and Love Bound, inspired by the social and cultural challenges of our times, is a film custom-made for his unique talents.

Help make this film happen by 

contributing to the film through PayPal.

The PayPal address is: michael@thedatingwizardreturns.com

Help make this film happen by 

contributing to the film through PayPal.

The PayPal address is: michael@thedatingwizardreturns.com

Help make this film happen by 

contributing to the film through PayPal.

The PayPal address is: michael@thedatingwizardreturns.com