Thursday, 13 June 2013
Under the scares (2010).
This is the first part of Steve Villeneuve's Scare Series. It is a documentary on the trials and tribulations an independent movie company face when attempting to get their film made and distributed. Horror documentaries have always appealed to me, as I take great interest in what goes on behind the scenes, be it with special FX, or generally making the movie. This is something different, and isn't usually documented by filmmakers.
The documentary is directed by Steve Villeneuve, and is told through the perspective of Digger films who, as mentioned before, are attempting to get their films made. This movie could have easily been made as a personal insight, but along with every step the filmmakers take, they manage to get interviews with people from all over the industry, that really add substance to the film.
It certainly isn't a pretty picture that is painted about the indie film industry, but the film really does explain a lot of what is needed to survive. It portrays indie movie making as something that is incredibly hard work, and something that will more than likely leave the filmmakers penniless.
The honesty of this movie makes it all the more heartwarming. Nothing is left untouched, and as well as showing a casual audience what an indie filmmaker has to go through to get their film out there, it shows you how much of a close knit family indie filmmakers are, always willing to give advice or lend a hand where they can.
The movie also works as an educational tool, and you can learn a lot from sitting through the many tips given by such greats as Lloyd Kaufman, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Trent Haaga, Suzi Lorraine and George Romero.
A great documentary, and it really should be seen by anyone who wants to dismiss indie cinema as trash. This will show them how hard these people have to work to make a film, and then get it distributed. A true uphill battle, and one that is documented with finesse and a brutal honesty.