Wednesday, June 4, 2014

On Sub $10k features and you

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Check out V. Renee's coverage of 'LAYOVER' at and ponder the possibilities.

If this guy were me, he'd be teetering from vertigo and likely to follow his head tumbling on the way down.  I've seen up to $15k dropped on a short film without a thought for ROI and wondered if we just weren't being taught to appreciate the generation we're in.

But imagine this guy on the ledge is Filmmaker Joshua Caldwell and he's like "no, this is how you do it - you sit on the edge and look out to the horizon like a boss cause that's the age we're in and holding onto the past is like holding onto your ass when you should be using your arms to climb..." (that's me paraphrasing what a conversation might be like with the guy).  Turning $6k into a feature isn't something you might think to see pan out since Robert Rodriguez wrote Rebel without a Crew.  But the truth is when pros tell us it's easier than ever to make a film, this might be what they're talking about.  Caldwell offers sensible tips about applying yourself to the no budget feature, including his shooting schedule of five weekends which I found interesting since the longest I've gone shooting a short film was 2 weekends.

The other thing I found interesting was shooting your script with set pieces in mind and making sure those set pieces were shots you could get.  Frankly, getting ahead of all your excuses might make interesting constraints which make your film stronger at the end.  And it's certainly worth the gamble if you can seduce the right crew and cast to make it happen.  I'm happy to know that this formula is still in play and for those of us waiting for a greenlight, maybe it's OK to hit the gas, roll up on a mountain, and tell vertigo it's just porn for the old and jaded.