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My script The Vee-Jay Story won
Best Historical Drama Written For The Screen - Warner Bros. Screenwriting Contest. (
W. L. Baker, Writer
Los Angeles, CA

When I started this journey in 2007 a determination to bring this movie to the screen gripped me. I felt the feeling of determination grip me on the morning of August 8, 2007.

That date is on the business license that I bought that very day. And no, I did not hit the sack the night before with the intent of going out and buying a business license for a Film Company.

As a screenwriter I call this gripping determination 'facing the page'. I'd felt it many times before. but this directive had a different Title. When my feet hit the floor that morning I knew that all my determination had to be focused on my script The Vee Jay Story and, bringing it to the screen. As a writer I 'm compelled to put the journey into words.

This Blog is my story. More details will be in my book, 'Navigating Film Funding, From Award Winning Script To A Twenty-Million Dollar ($20,000,000.00) Letter of Interest'. That we received on Feb. 1st 2011 for an investment in my company.

Stay tunned. More In A Minute. For now we will share a bit of our history that began on that unforgettable morning.


HERITAGE FILM WORKS was created in 2007 to pursue production financing for the feature film The Vee Jay Story. The History of the company is the history of the financing and distribution of the project to this point. The screenplay for the film was written by Executive Producer William Lewis Baker and won 1st Place in the Warner Bros. Screenwriting Contest for Best Historical Drama Written for the Screen. The company received its business License as a Sole Proprietorship in August of 2007 and immediately launched an internet marketing campaign seeking co-production, joint venture, or private investment financing for the film. The literary property was listed on as a contest winner and in September of 2007 the company was contacted by a Canadian financier who sought to finance the production of award winning scripts. A financing platform of 90/10 was presented to HERITAGE FILM WORKS based on our slate of films and a first look guarantee for the financing of our slate of films on condition that a 10% financial guarantee were met or a pre-sale to distributor were completed.
The company continued contacting numerous Los Angeles based production houses seeking co-production partnership or acquisition of the project and meeting with interested financing parties. Key award winning below-the-line production personnel were queried and logged and in-house activation of the completion of the company’s slate of screen plays was done. The company acquired professional grade screen-writing computer programs for the completion of the writing of the screenplays. From January to June of 2008 award winning writer William Lewis Baker moved four of the company’s screenplays from development to script completion. In July 2008 feature film actors chosen by the Executive Producer were contacted personally and replied in the positive for roles in the movie. A few short months later our casting efforts were topped off with a one-hour response to our phone query and pitch of the project to the agent of an Academy Award Winner on Nov. 11, 2008.
On March 25, 2009 Ex. Prod., Writer William Lewis Baker was requested to meet with Director Mario Van Peebles (Posse, New Jack City, Bad Ass) at the Directors request. In addition to confirming the Directors committment to Direct THE VEE JAY STORY Mario stated that, the lunch wasn't about doing the movie, the lunch was about me. We are now pursuing a pre-sale of The Vee Jay Story to distributors.

Thank You


William Lewis Baker, Ex. Prod., Writer
The Vee Jay Story

From: Navigating Film Funding by W. L. Baker
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