A Civil War in 'Bushwick': Getting Your Film Made, from Pitch to Production [PODCAST]

Co-directors Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott discuss how they pulled off their one-shot, action-packed follow-up to 'Cooties.'

This week, No Film School producer Jon Fusco sits down with Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, co-directors of Bushwick, a film that premiered in Sundance’s Midnight Section. The premise for a Neo-Civil War film in America may have seemed insane a decade ago when Millot and Murnion first came up with it; now, it doesn’t seem so far-fetched. 

Brittany Snow plays Lucy, a student on her way home to Bushwick while on break from grad school. She gets off the subway only to realize that her Brooklyn neighborhood is under siege from an unknown enemy. Later on in the film, it is revealed that Texas and a handful of other states have seceded from the union and are the force behind the attack. With the help of Stupe, a former marine played by Dave Bautista, they attempt to fight their way through the city to safety.

'Bushwick' Photo Credit: Sundance

For Millot and Murnion, the road to making Bushwick was paved by a ton of hard work and self-education. Neither went to film school, but through a series of successful short film competitions, they were able to capture the eye of a producer at SXSW. That led to a directing gig on the 2014 horror/comedy Cooties.

In this podcast, they discuss the steps they took to win that film and how their process of making a movie evolved once they had one in the can. 

For more, see our complete coverage of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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Great interview Jon !
Any chance we could see some pages from the "look book" they mention?


January 30, 2017 at 8:31PM

Rachel copp

A look book is just a collection of ideas in as many different forms as possible. It could include sketches, colour swatches, Fabric swatches, audio cd, basic animated story board renders. Anything. So not so much a 'book' more of a portfolio of visual, auditory and stylistic cue's that give as much of an idea for your project as possible and in as many forms as possible, to someone you're trying to get money off.

November 25, 2017 at 10:11AM

John Stockton
Filmmaker, Editor.