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July 31, 2008

When The Dark Knight is reaching $ 500 Millions, we remember Following

Less than 10 years ago Following's budget was equivalent at the amount of money that the entire production of The Dark Knight spent in napkins ($ 7,000) that's 0,003 % of the new Batman entire budget of $ 185 millions.

Guerrilla filmmakers, there's hope! You just have to do something similar to Following, a Guerrilla Masterpiece.

The Film was written and planned to be as inexpensive to produce as possible, but Nolan has described the production of Following as "extreme", even for a no-budget shoot. With no money, limited equipment, and a cast and crew who were all in full-time employment on weekdays, the shoot took a full year to complete. The production was so small that on many of the shoots, the cast, crew and their equipment could travel to their locations in a single London taxi. 

To conserve expensive film stock, every scene in the film was rehearsed extensively to ensure that the first or second take could be used in the final edit.   For the most part, Nolan filmed using non professional lighting equipment, employing only available light. He also used the homes and apartments of his friends and family as locations.

A struggling young writer takes to following strangers around the streets of London ostensibly to find inspiration for his new novel. Initially, he sets strict rules for himself regarding whom he should follow and for how long, but quickly discards them as he becomes addicted.

July 30, 2008

Creativity, Uniqueness, Vision, Voice and very Low Budget

Reading the post from established screenwriter John August about his experience loosing his virginity, as a Director with the film The Nines: Sundance, The Nines, and the death of independent film make me smile, it was not a traumatic experience, maybe because since a few months ago my mindset as a screenwriter has been changing , or migrating to a territory called Guerrilla Filmmaking.

After reading John's post, I was more than convinced that maybe Independent Filmmaking is in a crisis, but Guerrilla Filmmaking (which is independent too) is not! Actually this is a perfect moment to do it...

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July 29, 2008

Did you miss going to the Drive-in? Create your own Guerrilla one

Mobmov I really love the experience of watching a movie outdoors, but the amount of Drive-in around the world decrease every year, however, Bryan Kennedy became a Film Vigilante and decided to grab his car, a projector, an inverter and a FM Transmitter to create a Guerrilla Drive-in.

Right now this idea evolve in an international network of Guerrilla Drive-in called MobMov (Mobile Movie). It is an outbreak, a good one, that’s spreading everywhere: United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Philippines, New Zealand, Mexico, Latvia, Italy, Indonesia, India, Hungary, Holland, Haiti, Germany, France, Denmark, Costa Rica, Colombia, Canada, Bulgaria, Brazil, Australia and Argentina.

So if you don’t see your country, action! and if you see your area join up this fantastic idea.

Here I leave you some FAQ’s about MobMov.

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July 28, 2008

Valdís Óskarsdóttir shot Sveitabrúðkaup (Country Wedding) in 7 Days

423pxsveitabrudkaup Valdís Óskarsdóttir is one, if not the best, film editor from Iceland, having worked on films such as Dogme # 1: Festen (The Celebration), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (for which she won a Bafta award), Julian Donkey Boy and Mongol, she’s now one of the driving forces behind Iceland’s changing cinematic landscape.
Definitely working with unique filmmakers such as Michel Gondry, Anders Thomas Jensen and Thomas Vinterberg has gotten her infected with the directing bug, because this year, although pretty much unknown to everyone, she shot a feature film in seven days using four cameras all supervised by Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (28 Days Later, Mifunes sidste sang, The Last King of Scotland) and the cast made up of the Vesturport gang (Children, Parents and the upcoming Undercurrent).
I'm not quite sure if this is a Guerrilla Film, I don't have any idea how much the budget was, but there are a lot of people from the old Dogme Movement and was shot in one week, so that's enough for me to spread the word.

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Limited Box Office Weekend for USA 25-27 July 2008

The French film Tell no one remains at the top of the Limited Box Office Chart, the only Guerrilla film on the chart, Baghead managed to get a boost out of its micro expansion to 7 theaters in LA and NY ramping up  to the position number 12th.

Lw    Tw   Title                              Wks   Wknd $     Ave $       Locs     Gross $

1        1     Tell no one                    4      430,000     5,584        77        1,661,000

-         2     Bridshead Revisited     1      332,000     10,061      33         332.000

2        3     The Wackness              4      241,000     2,008      120        1,072,000

3        4     Gonzo                           4        79,464     1,394        57        837,974

6        5     Encounters at the...       7        62,633     1,739        36        578,334

4        6     Brick Lane                     6        60,856     1,241        49        651,182

5        7     The Last Mistress          5       52,642      1,815        29        480,337

-         8     Man on Wire                  1       48.500      24,250        2        48.500

-         9     American Teen              1       42,827       8,565          5        42.827

-       10     CSNY: Deja Vu              1       38,800      1,617         24        38,800

6      11     Transsiberian                 2       26,500      13,250          2       80,000

24    12     Baghead *                     7       17,200      2,457            7       49,200

7      13     Elsa & Fred                    5       14,054      1,561            9       117,391

-       14     Boy A                             1       13,127      6,563            2       13,127

8      15     Roman Polansky...         2        9,523       1,058            9       30,83

July 26, 2008

Netflix close down Red Envelope Entertainment, its Theatrical Acquisitions and Production Division

...via indiewire

Netflixenvelope In its short life ( 3 years), Red Envelope acquired 126 films, including the Golden Globe nominated Sherrybaby, co-produced a slate of movies for IFC TV (including Kirby Dick's This Film is Not Yet Rated) and partnered on theatrical distribution for such micro-hits as 2 Days in Paris with Samuel Goldwyn, No End in Sight with Magnolia Pictures, The Puffy Chair with Roadside Attractions, and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days with IFC Films.

Due to changing marketplace conditions and the natural evolution of Netflix, according to Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, the company decided it was time to move on. "The one thing we learned this year is that there's no shortage of produced movies and there's no shortage of money for viable projects," Sarandos told indieWIRE last Tuesday. "The best role we play is connecting the film to the audience, not as a financier, not as a producer, not as an outside distributor or marketer."

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July 25, 2008

BAGHEAD Premieres today in NY and LA


Last Friday I got the chance to meet the Duplass Brothers, after their success with the The Puffy Chair, my natural question was, Are you living out of this? Their answer; Actually yes dude!

Since 2005 they had been working in different projects in development with different studios and they even moved to LA, but after two years writing, pitching, attending to meetings, and actually making money, one thing was worrying them: How much time is going to pass until we do another film? So they repeat his previous formula and they created Baghead, premiered in Sundance in January of 2008 and picked up for North American distribution by Sonny Pictures Classics.

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Dogme 95 and the Vow of Chastity

Dogme Dogme 95 used to be an avant-garde filmmaking movement. Started in 1995 by the Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg with the signing of the Dogme 95 Manifesto and the Vow of Chastity. They were later joined by fellow Danish directors Kristian Levring and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, to form a group sometimes known as the Dogme 95 Collective or the Dogme Brethren. This movement was officially dissolve in 2005, although different filmmakers from all over the world keep using the vow of chastity as a principle, and keep submitting films to the website of the movement, Wes Anderon's Rushmore is Dogme Film # 180. So far there are 276 officially recognize Dogme Films.

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The beginning: The French New Wave Movement

TruffautIn January of 1954 François Truffaut publishes his essay "Une Certaine Tendance of Cinema Francaise" in Cahiers du Cinema in which he stated that the director was the "author" of his work; that great directors such as Renoir, or Hitchcock, have distinct styles and themes that permeate all of their films.This article originate the French New Wave Movement

Here you have the film techniques of this movement, the foundations of what we know today as Guerrilla Filmmaking.

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