MBA background and worked in LA but now resides in Cleveland, Wu is an multiple awards winning filmmaker enjoying making noise.
Congrats, and I agree, it's not the gear but the content. I've known a lot of independent filmmakers making it and got distribution deals not because of the gear but because of the story/content, and these are all no budget feature films.
I have produced and also directed numerous indie scifi/martial arts/action films since 1998. All shot within 14 days or less and all edited ourselves. It’s possible. A lot of planning is placed to make sure you have a good running machine.
One thing I’ve learned through the year is never tell people how much or how low it was made when it comes to distribution. Unless you are self-distributing. What is happening that distributors or buyers will google the name of the movie and find all the info. If you have said you made it for $35 for example, they would low now you and you may night get the desired amount. They can say that since you made it this cheap, I will offer your $500 instead of $5000.
Nothing new. This sort of marketing is always been same. Sometimes a trailer give out more that you think you saw the movie or sometimes a trailer add deleted scenes to draw you to the theater.
This is also very apparent when watching trailers of vod or disc released indie films.
“iPhones are always ahead of the competition when it comes to video...” I would say Apple finally copied what android phones had for years and playing catch up.
A friend just showed me what his Android phone can do and he had it for two years and the quality is way better than the iPhone 11 pro
Have a medic on set.
We do a tons of action films since 1998 (indie level) and we always have a medic on set in case of accident happen with cast and crew. Something that keep them all safety in mind.
Our latest feature Wu Xia 2 The Code Wu Xia 2 The Code Trailer and Bar Scene Preview https://youtu.be/-0J_pM4XZYY
Has a lot of action fight sequences and some In extremely cold condition. Having a medic on set helps.
It’s very possible. We had filmed numerous action feature films with more than 24 crew and 40+ cast on weekends for 11 days to 14 days. And under that amount. (Mostly for catering).
But for distribution. POV we should be wary about releasing the number as buyers may say “hey, you made it for this amount so what I’m offering should be enough”.
Here’s a scene from one of our feature film Wu axis 2 The Code https://youtu.be/Rbu34VOOHMk