August 13, 2018
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How to Make a Short Film for Only $4.50

And have it be successful too.

What is the least amount of money you think you could spend on the production of a short film (from pre-to-post-production) and still get into a major festival? If you guessed $4.50, then you probably read the title of this podcast, because it's a figure that’s almost unimaginable in today's crowded short film landscape.

foundfootagexx100n.s.1 from Tony Grayson on Vimeo.

Nevertheless, performance artist/writer/actor Tony Grayson did just that back in 2017. Fresh off a disappointing stint trying to “make it” in New York City—and armed simply with a friend's old digital camcorder—Grayson set off for his dad’s research lab in Chicago to try and shoot something, anything. What he ended up with was foundfootagexx100n.s.1 and its ensuing acceptance to the SXSW Film Festival was anything but disappointing. 

I sat down with Grayson and talked about how he pulled off the shoot for such a minuscule budget, the value of casting aside preciousness in your work, and how a SXSW premiere led him to his next project, Allen Anders Live at the Comedy Castle (Circa 1987).

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This episode was edited by Jon Fusco.

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I do enjoy most of these articles ... there is always something enlightening in each and every one....but lets face it ..... ALL of these can be boiled down to .... how many people can you talk into donating their time, goods and/or services for free.

August 13, 2018 at 3:10PM

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Yeah I agree... but there are still ways ... for instance I made this last year (https://vimeo.com/180905379) ... It was just me and the actress. I guess the point Im making is that yes, I didnt charge for my labor, and she donated her time, but baring that and >5 bucks at the dollar store it was pretty easy to shoot something for next to nothing... basically you have to work with what you got.

And in this case it got me into the DGA/SHOOT new directors showcase which was amazing.

August 16, 2018 at 9:44AM

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Roberto Serrini
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Yeah I agree... but there are still ways ... for instance I made this last year (https://vimeo.com/180905379) ... It was just me and the actress. I guess the point Im making is that yes, I didnt charge for my labor, and she donated her time, but baring that and >5 bucks at the dollar store it was pretty easy to shoot something for next to nothing... basically you have to work with what you got.

And in this case it got me into the DGA/SHOOT new directors showcase which was amazing.

August 16, 2018 at 9:44AM

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Roberto Serrini
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Well done!!

August 18, 2018 at 8:35PM

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Marc Curtis
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