Microcinema. That was the kicker.
The ability to create movies in a digital format, edit them on you computer with virtually no visible loss in quality, to make your own DVDs and sell them in person or on the internet… that was revolutionary. That was 1998.
So, lot of wanna-be filmmakers took their parent’s video camera and started shooting. Most of the output was total crap. But there were some really talented people out there. And I got to know them and learn from them from websites such as REwindvideo.com and microcinemascene.com.
And I joined this technological revolution. I started shooting micro-budget movies and going to small festivals. It was fun, but something was missing.
When I was in college I promised myself I would shoot a feature film by the time I was thirty. Due to health issues, I had to put that off for five years, but I was finally able to put it all together in a digital feature called The Box. It wasn’t great, but it was competent, the acting was pretty good and the script was tight. A success, considering it was made for $5,000.
Just when things would appear to be heading in the right direction, everything again seemed now lost on a trip to Best Buy. I was walking through the DVD section when I came across a film in a bargain bin… it was only $5.00 and starred Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington and was directed by Alan J. Pakula. And I didn’t want to buy it.
I immediately thought, “If I’m not willing to buy this film, then who the hec is going to buy mine with no-name actors, sub-Hollywood production values and shot for five grand?”
I was a very, very small fish, an amoeba even, in a very big pond.
So, I was stuck. What to do? My goals were small… I just wanted my films to make there money back. That was it. Not a lofty goal, but even that would be a struggle when competing against the behemoth that is Hollywood.
So, what to do?
Well, everything changed when The Passion of the Christ came out.