Author Nina LaCour Talks Turning 'Hold Still' Into A Movie, Sans Studio

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Hold Stillby Meg Malone

We are lovers of both YA novels and movies based on YA novels here at Hollywood Crush, so we were keen to chat with author Nina LaCour, who is adapting her 2010 novel, "Hold Still," into a movie—without the support of a deep-pocket studio. Nina's hoping to raise $ 17,000 through Kickstarter to cover production costs on the film project, and is about $ 4,000 shy of that goal.

"From the beginning, I'd imagined and hoped that it would become a movie," Nina told Hollywood Crush of her novel, which tells the story of a girl dealing with the suicide of her best friend.

During a dinner conversation with Amanda Krampf and Kristyn Stroble, the trio was discussing Nina's second novel, "The Disenchantments," which from the outset had generated movie interest from agents and producers. As they speculated on the different directions other people could take her story, the conversation then turned to their vision for "Hold Still" as a film and how they could make it with complete creative control.

Fast forward to today, which marks the first day of shooting. Nina is the film's writer and co-director, with Amanda co-directing and Kristyn as the cinematographer. Though production is on a pretty tight schedule since members of the cast are home for the summer from college, Nina had nothing but praise for the actors, as well as everyone who has been involved so far.

"The joyous part has been how enthusiastic everyone is and how willing to give so much of their time, you know, for little to no compensation," Nina said.

As far as challenges to making this project on their own, Nina said they have had to consider how they will procure various resources, from sets and wardrobes to lighting and sound equipment.

"It's difficult because we are working with a really, really limited budget," Nina said.

Hence the $ 17,000 fundraising effort ending July 12 at 4 p.m. ET. Check out the film's Kickstarter page to meet some cast members, donate (there are some pretty sweet perks!) and track their progress. They are getting closer to their goal, and Nina said it was "the sweetest thing" that people have been willing to donate.

"One of the things that's really touched me the most is the young-adult author and blogger and reader community has been so responsive," Nina said.

To the fans of "Hold Still," Nina said that she worked to make her screenplay a close adaptation of the original book.

"I would just want them to know, that you know, what they're getting is coming straight from me," Nina said.

Kudos to all the creativity and drive going into this project! We really want to see Nina and company surpass their goal and make their film, don't you, Crushers?

Did you read "Hold Still" and want to see it as a movie? Let us know about it in the comments and on Twitter!

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