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Indie Makers Finish Film For Less Than The Price Of A Used Car

by Aaron Krach


The cost to make a film just got a bit lower. Stefan Avalos and Lance
Weiler, independent filmmakers from Pennsylvania, have just completed a
digital film for a reported $900. The film, "The Last Broadcast," follows
the story of two public access TV hosts who are murdered while
investigating a story. The incredibly low cost is the result of shooting
on a variety of cameras; a Sony DVX1000, a regular 8mm video, a Tyco
"kids camera" and a 16mm Bolex. "For post production, as well as a lot
of production aspects that weren't shot with cameras, we used Adobe
Premiere as our non linear editing software, Sound Forge for the sound
and Lview Pro for graphics," explained Avalos. "For the online, we used
the DPS perception card and Beta SP equipment." Rublee Productions, an
online facility, donated the time.


"Having been through the distribution wringer once before with a feature
film, we are in no rush to let go of this one." Avalos feels, "It is an
aspect of the industry that we are trying to break into as
independents." Thus they are planning to take "Broadcast" on the road;
visiting festivals, colleges and repertory/art house theatres. (If they
have to submit the movie in film form, it will take the cost of the film
up a significant notch. They estimate a blow up to 16mm will bring the
budget to around $30,000.)


They have already been invited by several colleges and expect to offer
workshops on digital filmmaking along the way. Along with
self-distribution of the video, they are looking forward to trying to
distribute "Broadcast" on DVD. "It (DVD) is something we are very excited
about as we see it as being rather untapped territory," concluded
Avalos.


"Broadcast" wasn't the filmmakers first experience with making a motion
picture. Avalos first film, "The Game," cost $200,000 to make. He has also
worked for "Rescue 911," "Frontline," and "MTV." Weiler has produced, written,
directed and shot several short films and music videos; including
promotional spots for Blue Fish Clothing and MTV. Weiler also completed
a documentary, "Take A Trip With Jeff," that has played in Chicago, Los
Angeles and the New York.


[For more information click to the official LAST BROADCAST website. ]

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