I’ve had an idea for quite some time.
Like any other filmmaker that’s seen Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, I’ve had an itch to make a small independent film that’s fueled more by passion than resources for a long time. Something that’s set in one location over the course of one day and relies more on substance than style (but it has some style, too).
But like anyone else who’s written a screenplay and actually tried to turn it into a film, you quickly realize that these things cost so much money for a reason. Whether it’s the things you don’t initially consider–like food and transportation costs–or the gear that every filmmaker lusts over shooting with, it’s almost impossible to make something truly great with spare change and parts you find around your house.
Yet, I can’t help but think about Shane Carruth’s Primer, Joshua Caldwell’s Layover, and Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity. It is possible to make a movie on an almost non-existent budget that doesn’t suck. It’s just really really hard. And that’s ok. There’s a reason not everyone does this.
Earlier this year, I finished Ain’t Love Grand, by far my best screenplay to that point. It was the first script I wrote in which I didn’t hold myself back because of an imaginary budget or list titled, “Locations that are available for free.” And while I’m really excited to pursue that film, I eventually realized that I could write something good on a scale that wouldn’t take two or three years to make. So I shelved that script, temporarily. Over the last few months, I’ve turned my attention to another idea, The Lost Detective.
Not only do I want to make a film for less than the cost of a semester of film school, I want to share the process along the way. I intend to use this tumblr to track progress, share behind the scenes pictures and videos, and keep a journal to hopefully look back on at the end of our journey.
I don’t want to hold anything back. I don’t want to hide anything. Because ultimately my success or failure will be whether or not others want to watch this crazy experiment.