So you wanna make an indie film....
So you've put your footage together, and things are shaping up. You can see your story emerging from the raw material. But a few things are missing – some shots that you didn't realize you need until you started editing.
What do you do? Pickups.
Pickups are your second round of shooting, and they are should be much less extensive than your main shoot. Every film does pickups. Ideally, you should be able to do your pickups with a much smaller crew than your main shoot. For example, if you have a scene in your film with two people talking at dinner, and there is a point in the scene where you can't cut the footage without creating a “jump cut” (a distracting cut that takes the audience out of the scene), then you can film a closeup of what they are eating to cover yourself. This closeup can be filmed with a minimal crew, since all you are showing is the food and the actors don't need to be there (you probably don't even need your primary location).
Another reason you might need to shoot pickups is if you are working with a lot of special fx, and weren't able to get all your fx shots during the main shoot. Sometimes it makes sense to shoot some fx shots later (especially closeups), but make sure to discuss this with your special fx artists first!
Pickups can save you in post production. However, you don't want to lean on them during your main shoot. It can be tempting during your main shoot to think that if something goes wrong you can save yourself later with pickups, but resist the temptation!
So go get your pickups!
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!"
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