The feature film, Anchorage, is a true indie film that was shot in 5 days and created on a self-funded, budget of only $54,000. The film, which was originally planned to be a short, has gone on to receive 11 awards and 10 nominations across 17 festivals. The film’s team has been independently producing a theatrical tour, across the US and in the UK.

In today’s episode, No Film School’s GG Hawkins speaks with Scott Monahan, Dakota Loesch, Erin Naifeh, and Spencer Showalter to discuss:

  • Developing a short into a feature using the same budget
  • Selling family heirlooms in order to finance the film
  • The process of shooting in the high desert for five days
  • Letting actors move around and do what they wanted to do
  • Putting your crew together based on personality, not talent or budget
  • Learning how to do an assembly cut before bringing on the editor
  • Cutting and editing depending on what feels right to the story
  • Playing at Music Box Theater alongside Oppenheimer and Asteroid City
  • The three most powerful words you can say as a director

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This episode of The No Film School Podcast was produced by GG Hawkins.