Guerilla filmmaking sounds very old school to me. Applause.
Meryl Streep, Candace Bergen, Dianne Wiest star in Steve Soderbergh’s new HBO Max film Let Them all Talk. He shot it with one camera and no special lighting aboard a boat.
Wiest also revealed the film was shot with “no equipment. The only equipment was sound equipment. Steven held the camera in a wheelchair and just rolled along. None of the lights, and the trucks, all that stuff that goes into making movies, there’s none of it. There was Steven and this new camera.”Meryl Streep Teases Soderbergh HBO Max Film ‘Let Them All Talk’ | IndieWire
Soderbergh has also shot film on another project with only a cell phone? That’s a very low budget thinking filmmaker. Again, we need more of these filmmakers in these times especially.
I realize there is a stigma associated with low budget films, but there doesn’t have to be. Some truly great films have been made on very small budgets.
Let Them All Talk as of this writing does not have a release date on HBO Max yet, it is just stated as “2020” so some point in the next couple months.
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As the writer and co-writer of three low-budget films (short ones, at that), I can say I agree with your sentiment about films made on a shoestring budget.
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Thank you. More acceptance of lower budget films might be one benefit, if there is such a thing, from this pandemic.
Some of the best films have been made on low budgets. I’m not sure where we crossed over into this belief that if a film has a small budget it will be inferior. I get that CGI and other effects are expensive and there are some/many/all notable actors that won’t work for lower salaries, but still.
I think that press coverage of box office grosses and production costs has a lot to do with most people’s perceptions of cost = production values. I suppose that such a narrow focus on the financial aspects of filmmaking has a strong influence on people who aren’t involved in the film industry.
Speaking solely from my own experience in the “biz,” and also from the perspective of a screenwriter, a low-budget film can be enjoyable and possess good production values if the story is solid and the acting is good. The most ambitious film I helped create is a bit over 22 minutes long and cost $100 to produce. It’s no Star Wars or Tenet, but I’m pleased with how it came out. (Look up “Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss” on YouTube…)
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