Do affordable special effects open the door for indie spectacles with story?

Have special effects finally gotten so accessible that indie spectacle filmmakers can focus on story?

Red Giant Software Magic Bullet 11

The short film Plot Device was put together to showcase the new Magic Bullet Suite 11 from Red Giant. So yeah, it’s a “gee whiz look at the affordable but awesome FX extravaganza” whose primary aim is to highlight the software.

But it goes a step beyond that, and includes some great acting, a fun story, something of an arc, and a truckload of homages that are lovingly included (my favorite: The simple fact that he’s barefoot throughout the story).

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Grave Dawn: WWII indie movie

Charlie Hofheimer (Father’s Day, Black Hawk Down, The Village, Blur) co-producing WWII indie film based on a true story. A few years ago I worked on a film project titled “BLUR“. It was a challenging experience, but through it I met a lot of people, many of whom I still work with when I can,[…]

pocahauntus

A few years ago I ended up talking with Veronica Craven about her upcoming slate of horror films. We chatted about me writing a zombie flick for her but that project didn’t come together (at least not with me). She did, however, have a project going into production called “Pocahauntus” — a cheezy B horror[…]

enigma – low budget indie sci fi

FOLLOW UP: I’ve seen the movie. Here’s my review. Stumbled across this series of clips today from the low budget sci fi actioner “Enigma” from The Shumway Brothers* and Frontier Studios. Love to see this kind of ambitious filmmaking in the indie sci fi genre… the technology is so accessible and affordable now that films[…]

"Away We Go" gains instant indie cred via hand drawn title font

Away We Go is just the latest in a long line of “indie” films to leverage the oh-so-cool “hand drawn title” font, lending it serious street cred and instant indie validation before anyone even sees the film. Recently popularized by 2007’s JUNO, the quirky hand-made title font brought visions of diary entries and emo-teen angst-filled[…]

WGA: Sundance screenwriters on writing for indies

Thanks to my good friend Jeff Palmer for this link: WGA’s Angle On series features a video interview of several screenwriters at Sundance, discussing the constraints and advantages of writing for indie film, and some of the best advice they’ve gotten in their careers.

BLUR screening in LA – May 6 2009

BLUR, a feature film I art directed a few years ago, is screening in Los Angeles on May 6th, at 6pm. British Film Festival Los Angeles. Starring Charlie Hofheimer, Burt Bulos and Katherine Towne. Charlie is nominated for best actor in a feature… Break a leg, Charlie! Sadly not nominated for best art direction but[…]

3D films, pirating, indies and writers

The current trend toward 3D films (and there are several technologies vying for supremecy – vhs v beta all over again – see a great FORTUNE article here, and a more current TIME article here) means new complications for pirates (movie pirates, not seafaring pirates — meaning pirates of movies, not pirates in movies) and[…]

BLUR the movie – trailer

Here’s the trailer for a feature film I Art Directed in 2007 — psychological thriller “Blur” starring Charlie Hofheimer (Black Hawk Down) and Katharine Towne (What Lies Beneath). Directed by John W. Kim. It’s finally making the rounds of the festivals, and will be looking for distribution this year. Give ’em some love on YouTube![…]

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