Sunday, November 3, 2013


YESTERDAY, I went to visit my extended family members and chatted with a brother.
Me: What happened to the B Team movie plans?
Brother: I think people freaked out.
Me: Really?
Brother: I think so.

What my brother was saying was that people with money might not have seen the need to sponsor the movie project.
So I told him about another movie I saw recently.
That movie (a musical) is called “Once” and was made in Dublin, Ireland.
There are a couple of interesting points about movie-making that we can learn from this film.

Firstly, it was a very low budget movie.
When it came to shooting it, many producers walked out of the project with their finances.
So, the film was shot with a budget of US$150,000 (check Wikipedia).  
How much did it make: US$20,710,513!
Not only that – the main theme song “Falling Slowly” won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
It gets more interesting.

Secondly, the original songs in the film were composed by the two main actors and musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

Thirdly, the movie was shot over 17 days with a skeleton crew.

Fourthly, the songs in the movie were performed by the two musicians under a group called “The Swell Season” – that is, before the film came out

Fifthly, both of the main actors were not “real” actors – but they could create music.

Sixthly, the film’s screenwriter/director was a former member of Hansard’s band. (Check Wikipedia on “Once”.)

My conclusion after learning about all this is: It takes little to make a great movie. And you do not have to be “really trained” to create a good movie. However, you must be creative and be willing to see your idea grow until it is a finished product – in a book form or film.


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