I was hanging out with Carl Gottlieb all weekend (writer of Jaws). Picked his brain about this topic. He mentioned studios just don't take risks anymore for anything fresh and commercially successful. After a few re-writes they realized making the shark the main character was key. (they took out a love affair that was in the book, and there's a rendition where the mob is running the town too). Great article, guys.
I honestly think, of all the things a film festival selection is, it's not a 'luck of the draw' type of thing. It's not a lottery or a coin toss. They have a selection process in place for a reason.
If you entered 100+ festivals with no success maybe you shouldn't be blaming the festivals. Maybe the short is too long, too many slow parts, bad acting that can't be forgiven. I doubt over 100 festival programmers are all wrong. Just saying.
Gotta love a video essay where you cell phone goes off in the background... and he doesn't bother to re-shoot another take lol
That's not that close at all. There are macro lenses that show the hairs on a fly's leg.
Alright. We got it the first time. lol
I gotta say this is pretty short sighted. There are so so many great films that are WAY better than huge, 200 million dollar blockbusters that are made for cheap. I'd rather watch The Breakfast Club than the new Ghostbusters or any Transformers movie. Just cause you can make a cheap film doesn't mean you should? What does that even mean? Clerks was made for under $30,000. Ex Machina is a one location sci-fi movie, made on the cheap, same as Whiplash. All amazing movies. Room was probably the best thing to come out of 2016. When you don't focus on the budget you only have performances and writing to make your movie great. And THAT'S why you make a cheap film. Also, Reservoir Dogs was made for next to nothing and it gave way to Quentin Tarantino. It's proof of concept for an artist.