Make a feature film for $1000? Sounds crazy right? Well if you don’t know Mark Duplass you should get to know him. Mark and his brother Jay Duplass are most widely know for making the indie film hits “The Puffy Chair” and “Safety Not Guaranteed.” Mark Duplass has gone on to be a very successful writer, producer and director.
Mark Duplass had a packed house for his amazing SXSW Keynote Speech 2015. He was spitting out Indie Film GOLD though out his talk.
If you didn’t get a chance to hear his talk, here are some topics he covered:
- Learn your craft by making short short films every weekend for $3
- Write a Feature Film for less than $1,000
- Have a strong day job (whatever you can get) while working towards your goal
- Put money away to travel to Film Festivals and future films
Coming from the “Mumblecore” Indie film movement, a style of low-budget film typically characterized by the use of nonprofessional actors and naturalistic or improvised performances, he had some great advice independent filmmakers:
“You should design the aesthetic of the movie so that it doesn’t feel like less than a $200,000 movie but it feels squarely like a $1,000 movie.”
I’ve seen so many filmmakers attempt to make “The Avengers” on the budget for craft services for one day on a Marvel set. You are setting yourself up to fail. When starting out work within your limitations. It worked for Robert Rodriguez on his indie film classic “El Mariachi.”