WHY A FEATURE-LENGTH FILM?
We know you must have questions. We wondered why at first, too.
However, now we ask the question, "Why not?"
WE ARE UNDERGRADUATES.
At first, this sounds more daunting than comforting. But upon a little more examination, we've discovered some benefits that we think are worth the jump.
1) For undergraduate university students, the risk of failure is low. Failure doesn't cost our entire career or suffer massive monetary losses. Instead, if the film does not succeed, we learn, we grow, and we have in invaluable life experience.
2) Having a feature film under your belt as an undergraduate is almost unheard of. It is a great demo reel in itself and demonstrates to future investors and employers that you can a) persist and persevere in a challenging project, and b) work within even the smallest budget.
3) Student loan payments begin soon after graduation. We'd like to make a feature film before we need to start working full time.
WE HAVE ACCESS TO MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF EQUIPMENT.
As film students, we have high-end equipment right at our fingertips. Once we graduate, we lose privileges to having this unique accessibility. Why not make a feature-length film when we have the necessary resources?
ISN'T $10,000 A LOT OF MONEY?
Yes and no. The average Hollywood movie takes about $65 million to produce, and if it's a low-budget film, around $1 million. So, $10,000 is really nothing at all.
On Wrapped, we are being resourceful in every way possible. Here are just a few of the ways we are making it happen.
1) We're staying local. By staying local, we're saving thousands of dollars in permit costs. In the city of La Mirada (where over half of principal photography is being filmed), student projects receive location permits free of charge.
2) We're not going fancy. In filmmaking, there are thousands of ways to be resourceful, and most of them don't require the most expensive camera or extensive lighting setups. What this means for Wrapped is that we have examined the most cost-efficient options and have decided to use what we have to do what we can. Yes, we can ditch all the fancy-schmancy, because it's possible to make a film that is still top quality, without compromising all our finances.
3) We are partnering with local businesses and food caterers. Food, art, and other elements of filmmaking are costly expenses. By partnering with our local thrift stores, restaurants, and venues, we have the opportunity to receive some free rentals, catering, and more.
WHAT IS YOUR PROGRESS SO FAR?