I was working on a low budget movie a few years back and I was talking with another member of the crew about plans for the weekend. He said he was going to see some schlocky movie. I think it was Freddy vs. Jason.
“Why are you going to spend twelve dollars to see that crap?” I asked him.
“You see how hard it is to make a movie.” The particular movie we were working on was run by novices who were hanging on to their daily shot lists by their fingernails. “I’m always impressed to see someone finish a movie and release it no matter how bad it is.”
While I don’t agree with his argument with regards to studio movies such as Freddy Vs. Jason as the filmmakers have between tens to hundreds of millions of dollars to tell a fulfilling or at the very least entertaining story. But there is a kernel of truth to this theory when discussing low budget independent pictures. First you’ve got to write a script. Then you’ve got to raise some money. Then you’ve got to get equipment, a cast, and a crew and make sure they’re all working and where they’re supposed to be every day. Once you wrap photography you have to edit and get the sound presentable (which some would say is the second or third hardest feat in the whole process depending on whether you have a knack for raising money). And finally you have to find a way to distribute it so it’s more then just a vanity project to show your friends and family. You want to make sure your enemies can see it too.
And so I am glad after much time and hard work to announce my friend, Cory Cataldo, is screening his movie Mad World in Los Angeles. He wrote the script years ago and has managed to finagle enough favors to get the movie in its finished form. It will be shown this Friday, October 22 at 9:30 pm at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 as part of the Beverly Hills Film, TV, and New Media Festival.
Mad World tells the graphic story of four disgruntled teenagers who are mad as hell about society and not going to take it any more. (In spite of the misleading image of this post, the movie has nothing to do with Mad Magazine. Although the middle finger is apt and I’m quite certain Alfred E. Neuman is a major influence for Cory.) I haven’t seen the finished feature yet, but when we were film students I saw Cory direct a two minute version of Mad World that was really emotionally, heart wrenching stuff. I’ll be in the middle row at the screening hoping the full feature can live up to it.