Part I: a #2wkfilmFor the last couple of years, there have been countless articles written about how the new digital revolution will grease the wheels of film production, how your phone will allow you to make a movie on your way to work, edit it over your lunch break, and then have it broadcast to the world by the time you get home. Before you know it, Hollywood will come calling with millions of dollars and a three-picture deal. And while that sounds good in abstract (and makes for a really good subject of an article), anyone who's ever made a film knows that it just isn't that easy. The smallest film you've ever seen has about a thousand moving parts, all of them subject to breaking down at any given moment. So while greasing the wheels is nice, it's only a fraction of the process. If you're like a lot of filmmakers, working out of pocket or with no budget at all, this is just an open invitation for a project to fall apart. And most of the time, that's what happens. A filmmaker can spend years trying to get a modest production off the ground, to no avail.This is super frustrating. When I got on Twitter, one of the first things I noticed is there's a lot of film people on there who have boring day jobs, during which they post all sorts of film stuff while their boss isn't looking. This isn't all that surprising. And one of the most popular filmmaker discussions is the whole "this is why my current project is stuck" discussion. It sounds like complaining because, well, it kind of is. It just happens.So one day, Reid Gershbein threw out a joke of a solution: make a film in two weeks, from the first day of shooting to a final cut. Everyone laughed, but then people started talking about it. Yes, it was an insane idea, but that kind of made it appealing. It would force you to find a way around all the potential potholes, which is a how a lot of interesting stuff in film happens. Expectations would be super low, for obvious reasons. And at worst, you'd spend a couple weeks making a film that you'd be ashamed to show people. Let's face it, there's a good chance at some point you'll spend a year making a film you're ashamed to show people (or never gets finished). Two weeks is nothing in film production. If you can make a film in a year, you're moving pretty fast.The more we talked about it, the more it made sense, but we set up some guidelines:
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