I remember back in 1997, the first film we made while taking a production class at Chicago Film Makers (CFM). A black and white joint called "Stalkers", shot with a Bolex. Running a smidge over three minutes the film starred three puppets and a class mate as the female lead; we edited the masterpiece in the basement of CFM with a hand splicer, a reel to reel viewer, and about 15 cups of Starbucks. It took 6 hours... but boy oh boy was it a blast. A few years later while attending the Theater School, we used refund checks from our student loans and shot "Walt Brother Walt" on 35 mm. Our DP got the film for free (perks of being a recent grad from Columbia College) and a good chunk of the budget went to renting a jib arm. It rained all week, we didn't get all the shots we wanted, and from a pure aesthetic point of view it could of been even better, never the less; we wouldn't trade the experience for anything in the world.
Things have changed since the Bolex days. Our next short will be shot on a cell phone. But despite the blessings of technology here's to keeping that learner's mind, to great story telling, and the never ending quest for perfection. Long live great cinema baby!!!
Beyond The Door /Director's Cut (Thriller/Suspense)
Annie and Andrew are taken back when their co-worker Arnold shows up to the job. He's a great friend and a hell of a worker, but has been dead for two years. The minute he walks through the door, life as they know it will never be the same.
Episode 1 of a web series "Midnight Tales". Episodes 1 and 2 were shot on a Sony Xeperia Z3 cell phone.
Satan pleads his case on why he's misunderstood
Joe Director's Commentary
LG and Lucky are Friends 1
LG and Lucky plan a trip to Burning Man. This short was shot on the Xperia Cell phone
flying man commentary 1
Commentary on our short "Flying Man". Film was shot on a Samsung Galaxy 5 cell phone.