A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY TWO OF “THE STAGG DO”

Few things in micro budget indie film are easier than being the gaffer when shooting a field far away from electricity…



Posted on November 5, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY ONE OF “THE STAGG DO”

In the original planning for A Year Without Rent, I wasn’t supposed to leave the country. It just wasn’t in the budget…



Posted on November 4, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAWN MIKKELSON ON “SMOOCH”

It occurred to me recently that A Year Without Rent was missing an opportunity by not letting the filmmakers we profile speak for themselves…



Posted on November 3, 2011 by

WHERE’S DADDY? THE LEGACY OF “THE BAD SEED” (1956)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Mervyn LeRoy’s The Bad Seed (1956) premiered an anxiety that would soon blossom in the American cinema: a fear that our offspring could prove rotten, devilish…



Posted on October 31, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY EIGHT OF “FAT KID RULES THE WORLD”

There’s something strange about life on location…



Posted on October 16, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY SEVEN OF “FAT KID RULES THE WORLD”

It’s 1am and I’m sitting by myself on the sidewalk at the corner of 3rd Avenue & Seneca Street, 4 blocks from set…



Posted on October 15, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: @THEIPHOTOGRAPHR

For every film I work on, there’s usually a Twitter hashtag or account dedicated to the film (What if there’s no hashtag or account? That’s a red flag.) where people will post stuff that’s going on…



Posted on October 14, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY SIX OF “FAT KID RULES THE WORLD”

Yesterday, there was a car parked on the street near craft services. In and of itself, this is not unusual. Craft services is on the sidewalk and we’re shooting in a neighborhood…



Posted on October 13, 2011 by

FILM FESTIVAL NOTEBOOK WITH HEIDI VAN LIER: SUMMER 2011

Indie filmmaker Heidi Van Lier snaps pix on her festival and film journeys around the world. This week, Heidi takes a look back at the Summer of 2011…



Posted on October 12, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY FIVE OF “FAT KID RULES THE WORLD”

I come from a basketball family. My Uncle Dale was a 3rd team Parade All-American and once beat Bill Russell at HORSE…



Posted on October 12, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: BRENDON FOGLE’S “SYNC”

There’s a day off in the FAT KID RULES THE WORLD schedule, and the last day before the day off wraps at 5am. By the time I make it back to where I’m staying, it’s closer to 5:30am…



Posted on October 11, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY FOUR OF “FAT KID RULES THE WORLD”

In the world of micro budget indie film, the term “G&E Department” is a bit misleading. The only time you can make a distinction between G & E is when the two people in the department have names like Gary and Ethan…



Posted on October 10, 2011 by

J.X. WILLIAMS’ CINELEAKS: “WULBERRY STREET”

Have you ever lugged around a Samsonite with a quarter-million in low-denomination banknotes? Just the thought of it makes my shoulder cramp. Even so, we never had it so good. It made prohibition look like chump change…



Posted on October 10, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY THREE OF “FAT KID RULES THE WORLD”

I like to say that I believe in 2 things: God and the Auteur Theory, which is really just one thing…



Posted on October 9, 2011 by

A YEAR WITHOUT RENT: DAY TWO OF “FAT KID RULES THE WORLD”

I often describe the lighting kits on indie films as “5 lights and 4 c-stands.” It may be an Arri kit or a couple of LEDs or even some work lights from Home Depot, and it might even be 6 lights, but the concept remains–there’s never as many as you’d like…



Posted on October 8, 2011 by

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