15 posts categorized "Trailers"

August 04, 2008

IMPROVISING WITH ACTORS AND CREW: Exclusive Interview with Davíd Óskar Ólafsson, Producer of Country Wedding (Sveitabrúðkaup)

Watch the exclusive trailer with subtitles in English here.

1 Story, 7 Days, 17 Actors, 4 Cameras, 1 Committed Team, the result: Country Wedding. This Icelandic film was mostly improvised on location, was directed by Valdis Óskarsdóttir and produced by Elfar Aðalsteinsson,  Wouter Barendrecht, Hreinn Beck, Árni Filippusson, Jim Stark, Gudrun Edda Thorhanesdottir and Davíd Óskar Ólafsson.

The film premieres in Iceland on August 28th, there’s no release date yet in the U.S. The film is being repped by Fortissimo Films.

We had the pleasure to interview Davíd Óskar Ólafsson on how was his experience working in a tight schedule with a limited budget when pretty much everybody was improvising all the time.

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August 01, 2008

In search of a midnight kiss & Frozen River premiere today!



Guerrilla Fillmaker Alex Holdridge lunched his career in 2001 with a small film called Wrong Numbers that end up winning the Audience Award of the Austin Film Festival, the budget of the film was $ 10,000 and the story was about two dumped nineteen-year-old men that just want to forget their individual problems over a few beers and was set out into the underage world where strange things happen. Bad directions, bad luck, and teenage-harassing cops stand in the way of these two slackers as they hopelessly meander through the streets of Austin, Texas trying to buy a case of beer. Their patience and worries are pushed to the limit until they are forced to do the unthinkable.   (Yes Superbad people stole the idea, from the same studio, Sony Pictures, where Holdridge was developing a spec script). Read more about this, in the indiewire profile of Alex Holdridge.

Now he comes comes with In Search of a midnight kiss, a more adult film with a bigger budget $ 25,000.

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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 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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