Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Film In Development/Pre-Production!

Yes, it's true!

I have decided upon the next film. It will be another silent picture, 1920s style. The story is inspired by some of my nonfiction writing and will star Eloisa Alaniz from several of my other projects, including my first silent film Hell's Bells. Along with cool costumes and props, there will be some interesting sets and my fetish for outdoor locations will be in the mix, of course. This time I will also push myself a bit farther where visual effects are concerned -- using some old tricks and also applying modern techniques while capturing that 'classic' look. I can't wait to get started on this one!

Presently I'm putting the final touches to the story and will start the screenplay soon. I have a nonfiction book to finish first, but as soon as it's done and released, I can get into production art and costume design and location scouting. I am presently working on the financing plan, too. I want to at least have double of what I spent on Hell's Bells.

I'll reveal the title soon!

More to follow!

Eloisa Alaniz in Hell's Bells

Eloisa on location south of Baker, California, in 2012

Monday, August 28, 2017

Update on Silent Film V.2

I just finished the rough new cut on the second half of Hell's Bells. I have some visuals from earlier in the film to plug in appropriately, some title/dialogue cards to add, and then a polish. Looks like I'll be bringing it in under 40 minutes (from 46 mins). Coming along nicely and I'll be glad to have it seen again.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Update On Silent Film Re-Release

I am now halfway through the new cut on my 2012 silent picture Hell's Bells which was screened at the Fox Theater in Redlands shortly after completion. It's looking good! I can't wait to jump into the second half cut. The pacing of the film is just right now so I'm anxious to finish and get to completing the final visual touches. I have already laid new music onto the soundtrack. This final version will screen first in a memorial event for family and friends of our actor Josh Einertson who passed away last year. After that, I plan to schedule another public screening so keep watching for announcements. In keeping with the guerilla microbudget style of the film, I'll be looking for old historical theaters or venues fitting the retro theme, like large backrooms in cafes and the like. I may try to enter the film into a festival or two. Ultimately, it will be part of a larger roadshow presentation presently being discussed with other filmmakers and investors.

Keep watching for more announcements!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017: New Equipment!

As stated last month, I'm moving toward a new film project. Just a few days ago I purchased a lens adapter for a DSLR also just acquired by my future camera operator whose still and vlog photography I do for her when she is in front of the camera. This means I can apply my virtually new lenses from my now 'obsolete' 35mm SLR to my film projects, giving me a wider range of visual quality.

Next on the shopping list: Sound equipment. That said, I'm looking to do another silent picture first so that'll give me a little time to acquire audio gear.

More to follow, soon...

Friday, December 9, 2016

It Just Might Happen

I've said it before -- and I meant it: No Budget Cinema will return.

For a variety of reasons we won't go into on this blog, it looks like the US economy is going to come back strong. If that indeed happens, there may be more disposable income in people's hands and bank accounts. It is disposable income upon which ventures like this depend and thrive. It really is a lack of money holding back our productions, though I have shot a horror film that is sitting in post so it's not like I haven't tried since finishing the silent film. Should the money come back, the films will continue.

One of the issues is actors. No Budget Cinema cannot afford to pay actors so I'm reliant upon performers looking for exposure and willing to appear in anything. When I do pay actors, it's usually for nudity and that ain't cheap. It's a cheap thrill, but it costs a few bucks. What this can often mean is actors who aren't. That's another big reason why I want to do another silent film. I can draw a great performance from a non-actor if they don't have to talk. Not to slight them, it's just logical and true. It is therefore a very good thing that I sincerely love doing silent movies.

Another issue making money vital is that I like using locations and striking visuals to make up for a low budget. Going to the mountains or the desert or a century old train station dresses your film up. Such visuals pretty much cost me only the gasoline to get there and back. Gasoline made up about half of the Hell's Bells budget, I think (without pulling out the production book). We filmed in Yucca Valley, Cajon Pass, the desert beyond Baker, and around the Inland Empire. More than once in some of those locations.

Costumes aren't the challenge they could be. I first raid closets at home and what those don't provide I obtain from second-hand shops and then discount stores like TJ Maxx or Burlington or WalMart. My costuming budget is lower than you might think, considering I like to do period pieces. It also helps to have a family member working at a costume shop, though ironically on Hell's Bells the only piece I used from there was a white dinner jacket I wore to the premier. I include props here because I do much the same thing: use stuff around the house or used items that I can get cheap.

Still, keeping it as cheap as possible, I prefer to produce my films out of pocket. When people give you their money, you rightfully must answer to them. HB cost me less than a thousand dollars to produce. It may not seem like much but I haven't had a spare 'less than a thousand dollars' that I could spend on a movie since HB. The horror film cost maybe three hundred and fifty bucks and 200 of that was for tits in one scene. Crowd-funding provided the fee for the boobs but that is the only real success I've had with that process (go figure). However, if the economy does rebound, crowd-funding might become a lot easier. Still, I would probably prefer to limit it to raising funds for a single element of a film, a special effect or more boobs, of course.

Anyway, I wanted to drop in to let anyone who might still be reading this blog know that I haven't given up. I've simply been doing other important things. Since finishing HB in 2012, I've written and published 10 books with another almost finished as I write this. I've also been on two television shows and continue to be a guest on several podcasts and radio shows. It has been a very productive period for my writing, both nonfiction and fiction -- but I really want to do another film.

Naturally I'll announce when the horror film is finally done and where it can be viewed. In the meantime, you check in once in a while because I may just surprise you and actually get another film started. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

"Hell's Bells" Star Passes

The cast of Hell's Bells and I are saddened at the loss of Joshua Einertson who starred in our silent film in 2012. Josh was an amazing personality to work with and a good soul. He moved on ahead of us just a couple of weeks ago today. He is deeply missed.

Monday, February 8, 2016

AT LAST! No Budget Cinema Returns!

That's right, I am officially announcing that I'll be producing a new film this year. It is presently in the early writing stage but the concept and basic plot have been finalized. We will not go into production until this summer so we're looking at a late 2016 release, sometime between Halloween and Christmas, ideally. This film will likely be in color and it will be a sound picture (talkie), with a contemporary setting. It is more like my stuff before the last film (though that is being facelifted with new post-production and will return...).

As time goes on, I'll be releasing teaser graphics, trailers and the title, of course.

This will be an exciting project for me! I think you'll like it, too.