30 December 2009

new series of articles by yours truly

So I've gotten a lot of questions lately about the whole #2wkfilm process, so I've decided it would probably just be best to write it all down. Ergo, I'll be writing a new series (well, a mini-series) for Blogcritics titled "How to Make a Feature-Length Film in Two Weeks" (they changed my original title: how to make a feature-length film in 2 weeks without losing your sanity (or your girlfriend). go figure).

It'll cover the process, from start to finish. Part 1 is up now.

For the last couple of years, there have been countless articles written about how the new digital revolution will grease the wheels of film production, how your phone will allow you to make a movie on your way to work, edit it over your lunch break, and then have it broadcast to the world by the time you get home. Before you know it, Hollywood will come calling with millions of dollars and a three-picture deal. And while that sounds good in abstract (and makes for a really good subject of an article), anyone who's ever made a film knows that it just isn't that easy. The smallest film you've ever seen has about a thousand moving parts, all of them subject to breaking down at any given moment. So while greasing the wheels is nice, it's only a fraction of the process.

If you're like a lot of filmmakers, working out of pocket or with no budget at all, this is just an open invitation for a project to fall apart. And most of the time, that's what happens. A filmmaker can spend years trying to get a modest production off the ground, to no avail.

This is super frustrating.

Stay tuned for the rest.

29 December 2009

gimme gimme gimme

You'll notice on the right-hand column (unless you're reading this in RSS, in which case I've copied it down below), a Demand It! widget from Eventful.

If you're going to do a DIY distribution of your film (and more and more it looks like that's what we'll be doing for Blanc de Blanc) then stuff like this will make your life a whole lot easier, for obvious reasons. Combine that with some DVD sales and all of a sudden the goal of breaking even isn't so remote anymore (it also helps if your target number is really, really low).

So, bring an indie film to a town near you. Click the button. It'll be fun. Honest.

22 December 2009

in my email

I'm pretty sure this person won't mind me sharing, but I'll leave his name out anyway:

great f***ing movie, was way impressed.

When I stopped to think about the scope of such a project, I became even more impressed and then when I remembered the self-imposed timeframe, I became even more impressed.

I think I liked it more than UP

He saw the download version we're sending people who pre-order the DVD. You can do that too either from the box on the right or from the Facebook page.

19 December 2009

20 Films from a Decade

Sure, I haven't done the best job of seeing everything, but still I like to make lists as much as anyone else.

I'm sure if you ask me on a different day, it'll be an entirely different list.

1. The Best of Youth
2. Before Sunset
3. Wall-E
4. In the Bedroom
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
6. Saraband
7. The Royal Tennenbaums
8. Talk to Her
9. American Splendor
10. Lost in Translation
11. The New World
12. I'm Not There
13. Sideways
14. Yes
15. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
16. 25th Hour
17. Little Children
18. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
19. There Will Be Blood
20. My Wife is an Actress

18 December 2009

handicapping BLANC DE BLANC

Jonathan Pacheco with a rather long essay on the difficulty in fairly judging a film like Blanc de Blanc, that pretty clearly needs to be judged on a curve:

Completing a feature film is a small miracle in itself; doing most of it within a two week span is that much more impressive. The challenge serves as a way to get the filmmaker to let go of excuses and just make a feature film. There’s no time to second-guess yourself and no time to allow your project to fall into any sort of limbo. There’s also no time to fix, to edit, or to retool your film. If something doesn’t feel right while shooting or cutting—tough. You’ve got a feature to plow through. I imagine that the majority of the shooting and editing takes on a run-and-gun style just to get the darn thing completed. [1] To say the least, there will never be a #2wkfilm Avatar.

It's overall a positive review with constructive feedback (I think). The interesting part (to me) is that Jonathan's favorite scene is the one I'd most like to cut, if I could.

Go figure.

Read the full thing here

16 December 2009

and away we go...

So the first review of Blanc de Blanc is up and running. It also includes an interview:

This is his first feature. And, it is his best film yet.

This was made as an experiment, as part of a Twitter project where a group of filmmakers around the world made films in only two weeks. Lucas took part and BLANC DE BLANC is the result.

Without giving too much away, the film is about a relationship that develops between a seemingly homeless man and a nurse.

The film is beautifully shot making excellent use of Pittsburgh locations. Starring Rachel Shaw, the star of his previous film GRAVIDA, this shows that Lucas is working at a much higher level than the mumblecore filmmakers. Where the film goes, the way the mood of the film changes, it is always unexpected.

Read the full thing at the Moviezzz Blog

13 December 2009

03 December 2009

02 December 2009

Blanc de Blanc pre-orders

As you can see on the right, you can now pre-order tickets for the Blanc de Blanc Premiere on 14 December in Pittsburgh. Also, you can purchase a bundle that will include a pre-order of the DVD and a screenprinted poster that we should be unveiling soon. There will be more info on these items in the days ahead.

Right now, this is only really for premiere purchases. We'll start selling DVD/Poster pre-orders very, very soon. We just have to figure out the shipping costs and everything.

If you have any problems, please let us know.