Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Mumblecore - Part 1
If God has called you to do something, whether that’s filmmaking or, for that matter, anything in life, the only person that can stop you is you. It doesn’t matter what the studio, the casting director, the producer or the director says, if God has called you to do it, it’s a done deal. But do you believe that? Can you take a leap of faith into the unknown against all odds and despite what anyone else has to say about it?
We produced The Zone television program at $12,000 per episode. In the world of television production, that’s pennies on the dollar. It may sound like a lot of money, but when you’re competing with programs like Saturday Night Live and Mad TV, our budget was pale in comparison. Those were our competitors in our time slot. We were producing a live-to-tape program with a studio audience with a format similar to Saturday Night Live. And we did it with practically no budget.
Mark and Jay Dupless are examples of filmmakers who have been successful in using mumblecore principles. Their first film, The Puffy Chair, was shot on a DVX-100, the same camera that I have used for years teaching high school film students. Their production budget was only $15,000, and eventually the gross revenues exceeded $192,000. Their second film, Baghead, had a budget of $50,000. That film grossed over $140,000 at the box office.
But they didn’t wait for Hollywood to give the an invitation. They made their own opportunities. Dreamers dream. Filmmakers make movies. They understood the principle of low-budget filmmaking. That is never let the money stop you. In this age of digital technology, anyone can be a filmmaker. All you need is talent and determination.
Part 2 - The Story of The Zone