Four Days Left

I couldn’t wait for my workday to be over so I could get into editing. It was a very productive evening. The rest of the footage has sound synch, I completed the whole opening with titles, plus some other little pieces here are there are done.

I showed some of my co-workers some footage and they found it funny, which is a good sign. Always nice to know somebody has your sense of humor’s back.

I also did some critical e-mailing last night. I sent out a press release to a few news outlets. I wish I had a mailing list already put together. Unfortunately, there were only a few addresses I could use from the mailing list I put together for Rain in the Mountains, which was mostly Washington state newspapers and t.v. stations.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Step Aside Mumblecore, You’re Too Slow

The month of October marks the second wave of a new movement in independent film, a movement with something unique that sets it from previous low-budget indie trends like Dogma and Mumblecore… a countdown.

Known as Two Week Film (or #2wkfilm on Twitter), this style of low-budget filmmaking has filmmakers attempting to shoot and edit feature-length movies in a span of no more than two weeks. And they are succeeding.

Last May, in the first Two Week Film Challenge, three filmmakers — two in the US and one in England — were able to complete their films. REid Gershbein, a San Fransisco-based filmmaker, was one of them. He is also the founder of the movement, which he began “because a simple and extremely constrained goal is one of the best motivators for bringing people together to tackle a seemingly overwhelming task, creating a feature film.”

“You take an idea,” said Gershbein, “and you know that no matter what you will have a feature film at the end of two weeks. After that you have already separated yourself from the hundreds of thousands of people who want to make feature films and never do.”

There are at least twice as many filmmakers attempting the feat in the second Two Week Film Challenge. One of them, Los Angeles filmmaker John Ott, is currently in the middle of his production, a “comedy with a twist of serial killer” called Natural Victims.

“It forced me to give up on perfection right off the bat and just focus on what’s essential,” Ott said. “How can I get what I need to tell the story and move on?”

Ott concedes that it makes for a certain type of film. “I knew going into this it was going to be loose, shot very raw. That’s why I got actors with strong improv backgrounds.”

But even with restrictions, the films have a variety that reflects the varied approaches of the filmmakers. “I’ve seen some of the other Two Week Films,” Ott said, “I’m surprised how different they are from each other. Different filmmakers find a different balance between the number of takes and the amount of time composing the shots. What they all have in common is a burning desire to make a movie, and to do it quickly.”

Natural Victims will be posted free to view online on October 16th at naturalvictims.com, provided Ott makes his two-week deadline. “It’s going to be close,” Ott said, “but that’s why it’s a challenge.”

So if you see any articles about Two Week Film in the next week, it’s because one of the few people to whom I sent this agrees it’s a cool story. If you’re an awesome movie blogger and I didn’t send it to you, well, I’m very sorry. At least you’re reading it here. Feel free to quote it — or to contact me and be the first person to get an interview. E-mail me at makingthemovie AT-SIGN gmail DOT com.

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