Read what Brian had to say in our interesting Q and A below, and why not at least browse the online store and get 25% off each purchase using promo code “SPIDVID” during the check out process.
1. How did you come up with the company name “Reel Tees” and why did you decide to launch this business?
Firstly, I’ve been a huge fan of funny graphic t-shirts and t-shirts that make a positive statement since I was a teenager. For years, I’ve occasionally joked with friends that I should make my own shirts on the Venice Boardwalk here in Los Angeles, whenever I said a really good one-liner, or had a good joke to tell. And then last November, after finally being tired of working two jobs, and literally being tired by the end of each and every day that I couldn’t find time to write, I wanted to start a new project/adventure in hopes to fund and support my future feature film projects, as well as still find the time to write.
Secondly, there’s only so many superhero and blockbuster movie t-shirts that I can wear on set before people start questioning my lack of wardrobe hanging in my closet, and I also thought this was a brilliant idea for not only having something unique to wear while on set, but it could also help bring exposure to the indie filmmaking world that I am so proud to be a part of. There’s not very many, or any at all clothing options to wear that make such a clever, bold, and hysterical statement for filmmakers, and especially for us indie filmmakers.
At the end of our first meeting, my business partner Marc and I were trying to come up with a catchy/clever name that would be able to tell people who we are as a company in so many words. Marc was just like: “how bout FilmTees”, which I thought was clever with the play-on words with “tees and tease”, but I felt like we needed to showcase that they’re also humorous, so I asked him if we should put ‘funny’ in the name and he says: “Well……the designs are funny but they’re more real”, and at the same time both of our light bulbs went off and we both yell out: “Reel Tees!!!!!”. I’m pretty sure everyone in that “Coffee Bean” that day thought we were nuts.
2. How will you come up with new shirt design concepts?
I have a pretty wild and vivid imagination, mixed with a pretty dry sense of humor that’s mixed with a ton of sarcasm on top of that, so I’ve tried to come up with concept designs that are not only funny but also tell a truth about the filmmaking process. I’m also a huge fan of pop culture, so I do want to mix that into the shirts at some point, but overall I came up with about 20 possible designs, and then I sent those ideas over to about a half dozen of my friends, some in the film industry and some that are not, just to see which ones that they like and the reasoning behind it.
3. Where can we go to look at and buy these Reel Tees shirts?
4. When will new shirts be available for sale, and what does the release schedule look like going forward?
We have two shirt designs (in two different colors) that are currently available for sale, and starting in June; we want to release a new, original design at the beginning of each month.
5. What is the pricing per shirt, and when can customers expect to receive their orders?
We wanted to make the shirts as inexpensive as possible, while still being able to turn over a profit, so each shirt is priced at $19.99.
Customers can expect to receive their orders within 1-4 business days, depending where they are located. We ship USPS Priority Mail, from Los Angeles, CA to ensure the quick turnaround.
6. Why are you so passionate about filmmaking?
Ever since I was 15 years old, I’ve always had the passion to write. I really love being able to create something from scratch that’s never existed in this world before and be able to complete it, for people to watch. Ever since I was 17 years old, I’ve always been fascinated with watching all of the “behind the scenes” for every movie I watch…and not to sound too cheesy, but cinema and the whole movie experience is pure magic.
Not knowing what I wanted to do in college, I became interested in learning how to film/shoot the scripts that I write, and to also study film and learn why everything is done the way that it’s done, from each camera movement to the type of shot and how each shot is framed. Nowadays, I’m a huge fan of breaking the normal film industry rules, but to be able to successfully break the rules, you have to know and understand them.
And then the other side of me being so passionate about film is that I really strive to be an optimistic and positive person and I’ve always wanted to find an outlet to not only express myself, but to also express the prominent social/cultural issues that we face today, and to do so while hopefully making a positive impact.
7. Where do you see the YouTube movement going in the future?
I think that YouTube will always be around, but I think the more interesting media outlet, especially for filmmakers will be the fast rising development of Video on Demand; which I think YouTube is actually flirting with right now. VOD won’t supplant the whole movie theater experience, but I think we will see that more and more people will pay a few bucks to watch a movie from their computer or TV than going out to see a movie for $12.
Websites, such as Vimeo, allowing a filmmaker to set their own price on their films is huge–especially if that filmmaker eventually starts getting B-list/A-list actors to star in their films.
8. Any parting shots?
I really hope you enjoy our ReelTees clothing line, and hope you all enjoy wearing them. We hope to not only brighten your day a little bit by making you smile, laugh, or just a small smirk but also of the people around you as well. As filmmakers, even though we have our bad days where we just want to curl up in the fetal position and cry (which is most of the time when I look at the dailies for the first time), let’s show everyone how proud we are to be a filmmaker and for being blessed with the opportunity to entertain and to make a difference in people’s lives.
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