Gareth Edwards is a micro-budget filmmaker. And creative. And talented.
His feature length creature-feature, MONSTERS, was shot by a two person crew (Gareth on camera, plus his sound recordist) on location in various parts of Central America. An editor also traveled with them so scenes were able to be cut together right away, once the day's filming was done. Gareth did the digital effects work himself.
The end result? A monster movie made for the (relatively) paltry sum of $15,000.
Check out this short (3 minute) making-of from Best Buy:
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, because it's a great example of what can be achieved today with a little creativity and know-how. And independent filmmakers like Gareth should be supported.
I enjoyed MONSTERS quite bit. Whether or not you feel the same way, should you choose to seek it out (please do!), I think you will agree that it's an impressive achievement that further marks the evolution of filmmaking away from a studio-based system to a system that puts creative decisions directly in the hands of those who are actually doing the day-to-day work of making the movie.
Check out the official trailer here:
Be seeing you...