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#1 Alex Ellerman

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 01:41 PM

quick blurb from Wired magazine article...

You haven't heard of the vampire film Moonshine yet, but you will. The film premieres at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, which starts Thursday in Park City, Utah, and it has a back story to make every aspiring filmmaker green with envy.

Roger Ingraham, the film's director, dropped out of high school, wrote a script and, at age 19, shot Moonshine using several dozen volunteer actors and crew. Total price: $9,200, including the cost of a Panasonic camera, a PowerBook G4 and website hosting.

An agent from the William Morris Agency saw a trailer for Moonshine while surfing the net, and helped usher the film into Sundance.


I thought others might want to get a look at his trailer, and see what it takes to get William Morris and Sundance interested in a DV film... (i wonder what this kid thinks of Hitchcock? lol!
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#2 Trevor Greenfield

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 03:23 PM

Great, another horror film!

It looks like it was shot well though. BTW, curious how he raised 9200 when he dropped out of high school. Anyone know? Mommy and Daddy? New credit card?

Edited by Trevor Greenfield, 18 January 2006 - 03:30 PM.

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#3 Sidney King

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Posted 18 January 2006 - 05:10 PM

The filmmaker provides quites a bit of info. on all aspects of the production on the message board at the film's website; the film apparently got rejected from several festivals (including Toronto) before Sundance.

Congrats to him for a great accomplishment, but the story does underline some of the less savory sides of the business: it took an inside advocate (the William Morris rep) for him to get into a major festival (the same is true of "Primer"). So the same gatekeepers are still there, just in a different form.

And there is kind of an unseemly marriage between Sundance and all the DV equipment/software companies who have been the real big winners from the digital "revolution." They both benefit from hyping stories like this, the merits of the filmmaking is a secondary concern (how long can they keep hyping the "revolution" when the number of theatrically-released film shot on DV is still virtually zero; they NEED stories like this).

Of course the true yardstick for Mr. Ingraham's success will be if he is still making films in ten years. Anyone else read the Newsweek article on the key players in the Blair Witch Project? Most of them are quite literally back at their day jobs, the same ones they had before the film.
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#4 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 19 January 2006 - 02:46 PM

Of course the true yardstick for Mr. Ingraham's success will be if he is still making films in ten years. Anyone else read the Newsweek article on the key players in the Blair Witch Project? Most of them are quite literally back at their day jobs, the same ones they had before the film.


---'The Blair Witch Project' was more a suppliment to a web site, rather than a film that could stand alone.
Kids just out of 'music video business' that I worked with were constantly talking about the back stories on the web site.

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