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Adventures in Film Making
Making a horror movie is much like trying out an elaborate recipe for which you only have vague instructions that could go either way.
With a small production, everyone has to pretty much do everything that's always listed in the increasingly long credits at the end of every movie. Just because you're the "producer" doesn't mean you won't be cooking for the cast and crew, holding the boom, throwing a bloody head back and forth in front of the camera, and of course, cleaning up after the cast and crew both on the set and off. Then, of course, everyone has ideas on how to make things "better" or "easier". In the beginning, you listen to the ideas, and agree or disagree with varying degrees of sincerity. As the end of filming starts to draw near, you just want to finish as quickly as possible, so you tend not to listen to them at all and pretty much interrupt everything they say with "okay, quiet on the set!" whenever possible. Sure, it's an abuse of power, but when you're nearing the end and it's the ninth, tenth or eleventh hour of filming, molly-coddling actors isn't really your top priority. Sleep, however? Number one with a bullet.
The one good thing about working on a small production is that people seem to understand that while we are working with a (very) limited budget, we're still trying to make the best movie we can. To that end, we'll do 15 takes of the same 2 page scene, or somehow convince the lead actress to take bites from an attack dog, or have another actor dive headfirst into a 5-gallon drum full of water, soap, grit, and fake blood. Since everyone is investing so much time and effort into it, they'll actually do all of these things for you with a minimal amount of complaint, just to make the movie look good so that we all have a chance of gaining from this in experience and hopefully furthering careers.
The biggest part in making the movie look good is the special effects team. They're the ones who are making molds of the actors, putting together prosthetics, using makeup and copious amounts of fake blood on all the actors. They are also, inevitably, the ones who will make the biggest mess during the production. They'll come up with great ideas on how to make things look better, and come up with the idea of using different materials, and maybe doing things they wouldn't think of doing in their own homes. So, when you the door to your home, the smoke billows out and the noxious smell of sulfur is enough to knock you off of your feet. As you walk further inside, there it is: one of the special effects guys cooking roma plastilina clay on your stove. You briefly wonder how he can stand next to the stove all that time, then you remember that your poor cat is in the house as well and hope that he's not dead. Luckily, he's not; if he had been, they probably would have tried to use his lifeless body as a prop.
While not everyone shooting a movie on DV is going to end up the next Kevin Smith (he actually got the money to pay back his maxed out credit cards, didn't he?), the filmmaking process itself is an eye-opening look at how you handle people, pressure, and the non-stop headache that comes along with it. It's a test of character, of relationships, and also of self and just how much determination you have to see something through to the end. At the end of the day, as long as you can safely say you've made a movie and have a quality film to show everyone (quality, of course, being a relative term), then that's all that matters.
Unless you find distribution and make millions; but more on that next time.