A disenchanted young woman ascribes to the get-rich-quick advice of self-help guru - only to learn the cost of getting exactly what you want.
Writer and Director
Ilya Polyakov was born in Ukrainian and raised in California. Though Ilya always enjoyed playing with the family camcorder, it wasn't until high school that he discovered the power of editing and started to shoot and edit skateboard videos with his friends. After graduating in 2009 Ilya moved to LA and began his career as Director by working in countless shorts, commercials, music videos and comedy sketches.
How to get $100M
Miserable and broke, Hope (Jessica Marie Garcia) drives for Uber to make a living. One night, while watching TV after a late shift, she comes across a charismatic self-help speaker (Aaron Groben) who seems to address her directly. Hope attends the self-help guru's seminar and pretty soon finds herself replaying his simple 3-step plan on an old tape recorder. First, she writes down a particular goal for herself 'I will have $100 Million'. Then she begins to repeat those words throughout the day, every day. Finally, she cleans up her act, clears out her crowded apartment, trashes her cigarettes and starts to exercise. Pretty soon, Hope looks and feels like a new woman while repeats her mantra over and over again- 'I will have $100 Million'.
'How to Get $100 Million' was an idea Ilya was not thinking about making a film about at all. Instead, he was thinking about self-betterment. It was a moment in which he was trying to deal with his depression head-on and came across this one book 'Norman Peale's: The Power of Positive Thinking', which suggests writing down a particular goal and then essentially manifesting it into reality. Ilya tried it out and did precisely what Norman Peale suggests in the book. As he says "I figured hey, what the hell, can't hurt! So I opened up my notebook and wrote down "I will have $1 million". I looked at the words on the page and thought "well that's lame. You can have ANYTHING you want and you write down $1 million?" So I scratched it out and wrote down "I will have $10 million." I looked at it once more and cursed myself. What a loser. I scratched it out once more and wrote down "I will have $100 million." I looked at my handiwork proudly. "That's more like it!" Then I went into the other room and told my wife, "hey babe, I decided I'm going to have $100 million. By my 35th birthday." I'll spare you our subsequent conversation but suffice it to say she thought I was an idiot. So I took the dog out for a walk to let off steam, and that's when it clicked. Way better than some half-baked dream: a STORY idea!! I rushed home and jotted it down, and that was how How to Get $100 Million was born!
Genre: Drama, Dark Comedy, Thriller
Country of filming: USA
Aspect ratio: 2:35
Shotting format: Digital
Run time: 9:23