So you wanna make an indie film....
A good location is a very inexpensive way to add production value to your film. Any location where you can show up and not change much in terms of props/furniture/decorations/etc will save you time and money, and let you focus your energy elsewhere.
To start, see what the script calls for. You should base your needs from the story boards and the script breakdown -- for example, do you need a kitchen with windows to the outside? A bathroom with a big shower? A back porch with a fence? Imagine yourself shooting the film and what it would be like.
Make sure all your production insurance is in order. If you want to be in the game you have to play by the rules. There are lots of different kinds coverage, it all depends on what state you live in.
Don't be afraid to ask for a location. Most people are psyched and often let you film for free and credit in the movie.
Have your contact information ready to go - a nice business card goes a long way, and they don't cost much. And make sure to get the location contact information and a contact name. I'd suggest putting it all in a binder.
If you are going to be filming in public or creating a bloody mess, call the local police department. They are always cool and glad to know (sometimes they even ask to be in the movie!). If you have to get a permit or higher a detail officer, it is the price of doing business. If that is out of your budget, figure out another way to shoot the scene. Indie filmmakers have to be very creative sometimes.
If the location is good, check for adequate power. Find out when the location is available to shoot. And remember that even a small crew has a lot of film equipment, so it is very important to be as accommodating to the location's owners as possible.
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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