So you wanna make an indie film....
What is Demo-Itis? Some sort of dental problem?
The term as we use it comes from Greg's days working in a music studio. Often times, someone would work on a demo track for so long that they would become completely numb to it, and forget the things that they liked about the song in the first place. Then they would respond to that numbness, and think that something must be wrong with the music, when in fact the music never changed! The only thing that changed was how they felt about it. They have a case of Demo-Itis.
The same thing happens in editing. You've seen the footage a million times, with foley, without foley, with bad audio and good audio, with music, with no music...not to mention that you wrote the film, and shot it too! You know the story inside and out. You can recite whole scenes verbatim, at a moment's notice.
In this state, you are prone to Demo-Itis. The danger is that you might think that there are problems with your film, that this scene or that scene don't work and needs to be cut. You may be right, but you also may be numb to the material. It doesn't have the impact it should because you know it so well. If you make changes in this state you might be doing edits that don't need to be done, and can hurt your film overall.
There are ways to stave off Demo-Itis. One good way is not to cut your own film. Having an editor cut your film gives you a break from the material, and a fresh perspective when the editor shows you a finished scene.
If you do cut your own film, it is often useful to edit with a partner, someone you trust and can be honest with. Someone who will give you constructive criticism and can take it too. It is especially helpful if one person can do the first cut of a scene and then show it to the other. That way the other person can retain some sort of perspective, and things that need to be changed are often very obvious.
If a certain scene seems to be giving you Demo-Itis, take a break from it for a while and work on something else. When you come back to that scene, you'll probably see it more clearly.
So recognize the signs of Demo-Itis! If you feel it happening to you, don't despair – it happens to every filmmaker at some point. Just get a fresh perspective from an editing partner, or someone who hasn't seen the film (more on this in the next blog post) and move on.
What they are saying about the Drive-In Horrorshow....
"10 out of 10"
"Drive-In Horrorshow delivers a visual feast of blood splatter
and clever storytelling."
"Drive-In Horrorshow takes the anthology and juices it fully with five unique stories that range from clever comedy to dark body horror."
"A well made anthology of short films."
"Highly recommended for those who want to confront the monsters under the bed of their childhood. And as always find them scary."
"The general tone of this film struck me, because I've seen real passion for the genre."
"This is a high recommend from me, very entertaining and obviously done by filmmakers who love the genre. Long live the horror anthology!"
"Drive in Horror Show is–WITHOUT A DOUBT–the greatest horror anthology since George Romero's Creepshow"
"I can't stop singing its praises."
"If you like horror anthologies pick this one up, there's something for everyone here."
"Every now and then a movie will come out that knocks you socks off and with its originality, creativity and magnetic appeal- well Drive in HorrorShow is that flick."
"With a solid lineup of 5 stories that range from the serious to seriously goofy, Drive-In Horrorshow is the perfect film for a Friday night. Or any night for that matter."
"A tasty little anthology in the vein of Creepshow or Trick 'r
Treat, Drive-In Horrorshow is a nifty treat of a film, well worth checking
"A cut above the rest and slice of incredible independent filmmaking."
"One of the most entertaining horror anthologies I have seen in
"The horror world is a fickle beast but Drive-In Horror Show manages to walk the lines of the subgenres without missing a beat. It's appeal reaches to horror fans of all types."
"Celebrates the long-lost beauty of the drive-in theater and all
its bloody glory."
"A slick five tale anthology film that was independently made
and a reminder of cool shit we used to see on late night TV when we
"A good throw back to the late night creature feature."
"Top notch effects that invoke fear and comedy at the same time.
I really really like this movie."
"The horror! But that's what he seeks."
"What motivated you and Michael Neel to make the transition from
candid interviews and political documentaries to ghoulish gore horror?"
"Wowzers! That really sounds like some good shit!"
*The Meat Man
*Pix From Fango
*Before You Start
*Choosing a DP
*Props and Art Direction
*Before you shoot
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