Monday, November 12, 2012

Case Study: LIKE CRAZY shot with the Canon 7D DSLR

"Most people have no idea what it was shot on or care.  Storytelling isn't about resolution or compression."

© Paramount Pictures
Our friends at HD Magazine have posted an excellent article discussing the merits of shooting the Sundance Film Festival hit drama LIKE CRAZY on a simple HDSLR camera (Canon 7D).   Directed by the very talented Drake Doremus, and shot by DP John Guleserian, this indie feature was acquired by Paramount Pictures in the realm of $4 million.  This is just another example of new technology allowing filmmakers to tell their story, and not letting budget constraints prevent them from making a great movie.  Make sure to listen to the audio interview from Guleserian, then get back to writing your screenplay.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

From The Vault: The Future of Indie Film

Roughly ten years ago, I was a punk rock puppy, running a film festival in Park City dedicated to first-time filmmakers and digital filmmaking called Nodance.  I was approached by Moviemaker Magazine to supply some quotes for an article they were writing about the future of indie film. Being that Nodance had very little sponsorship money, we committed very early on to use new digital technologies (DVD & internet) to make it easier for filmmakers to present their film at the festival and beyond.  Below are some of my crystal ball quotes from that article.  Ten years later, how'd I do?

"Ten-year-old kids are shooting, editing, and distributing their films on DVD. They're editing between classes on their i-Book, stealing SFX shots from the internet, and continually learning to make better movies. In 10 years, their moviemaking skills will mature beyond the gates of Sundance."
"With the sudden maturation, and eventual collapse of the Indiewood distribution system, moviemakers are finding alternative means of self-distribution.  In terms of history, we're just now at the beginning of a new artistic cycle.  With digital cinema as the catalyst, a new world of production and distribution is at the fingertips of a new generation of filmmakers."
"With the cheap means of digital production, there is more independent production happening now than in any other time in the history of cinema.  With DVD and the internet as a delivery medium, there has never been a cheaper form of self-distribution for first-time filmmakers."
"When the digital distribution systems become finalized, more indie product will be able to reach theaters.  Alternative site venues are becoming a hot-bed of new talent, as more specialized films forgo traditional distribution routes."
"As watered-down, event-driven films are crammed down the throat of Americans, audiences will splinter into the dark safety of an indie film."

- James Boyd, Feb. 2003 - "Why Indie Film is Alive and Well"