Archive for the ‘Budget’ Category


Pretty, Pretty Pictures

March 27, 2009

More photos of our cast are the cast page.  Take a look.

In other news, Danny, Curt, storyboard artist Joey Schell, and I did some location scouting.  Curt knows a guy who knows a guy, and found a place that may serve as both the rooftop in the opening sequence, the parking garage (now a parking lot), and the warehouse from the flashback sequence.  Curt’s good at finding stuff like that.

We’re still considering a few options, because the roof is pretty plain.  Luckily, Joey has some ideas for sprucing up the look, if we don’t find an alternative.  More on that later.

Yesterday, Curt, Becca, Danny, and I had a big production meeting.  We worked out a rough schedule, talked about costumes, and debated the merits of black-and-white versus color.  Before that, Joey and I met to talk about storyboards.  I acted out several scenes, with park benches serving as cars, railings, and warehouses.  I probably looked ridiculous, but at least Joey now knows what my shotlist means.

Tomorrow, they will run a test shoot with our stars, Blaine and Christine, to see what costumes look best in which style.  They will also film the security camera footage of Angel killing Drost (hi, Shawn!), and take photos of Angel and Shooter for set dressing in Shooter’s apartment.

Unfortunately, I will be out of town, but I trust they’ll do a fantastic job without me.  Who needs a director, anyway?


“Cheap” Is Relative

January 28, 2009

My old college roommate, Marcus Phillips, is a musician.  He’s written, I’d guess, over a hundred songs in the time that I’ve known him.  He’s produced at least three complete CDs.  All this took was time, energy, talent, and practice.  He’s spent maybe a couple hundred dollars on guitars over the years.

I, on the other hand, have made less than a dozen short films in the same period of time, and spent thousands of dollars over the years.

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the democratizing effects of inexpensive video production.  Don’t believe it for a second.

A good HD camera costs thousands of dollars; renting one can run hundreds per day.  Same for a decent grip and lighting package.  Art direction, costumes, make-up are variable, but consistently expensive.  And don’t forget sound and editing!

Then there’s all the people.  Even if you don’t pay them, you at least have to feed them.  You might resort to the indie film mainstays of pizza and sub sandwiches, but buying lunch for ten to twenty people still ain’t cheap.

Movies are not and never will be inexpensive, at least for an individual.  I’m confronting this fact as I go through my script to determine what I have, what I can borrow, and what I can afford to buy.

There is, of course, a fourth option: what I can afford to rewrite.  But let’s try to avoid that, shall we?