After years of working 'normal' jobs to pay the bills, we decided NOW IS THE TIME to fulfil our dream: make a feature length film.
Deciding to do it is one thing. Making it happen is another.
Unwilling to spend the amount of time needed searching for investors, writer and director Damien Bilyk decided in order to get ANY film off the ground he'll do it himself and within their means and capabilities.
To do this he had to make some prerequisites for the movie to help it expand beyond just an idea and into a 'holy crap, were actually doing this' reality:
We needed to make a exciting film on little resources. No remortgaging houses, no max credit cards. Do it responsibly. Do it creatively.
One Main Actor
The film had to be centred around one central character. Cuts down on costs, logistics, headaches.
Make It Ambitious
When I think of a low budget film I think; filmed in one location, maybe down the road from your house. Let's completely invert this idea: multiple locations, shot overseas. Now that's ambitious.
Use Established Locations
Set building = Expensive. Let's avoid that. Let's use what we can find.
With only limited annual leave from our jobs to play with, we have 6 days to shoot 80% of the film in an exotic location and 2 days of pick up shots. Did I same something about ambitious?
With only 1 actor we'll need more people to interact with the character. However, these people won't realise they are in a movie. Interesting.
Make Something I'd Watch
I don't want to make an arty film. Sure, it might be seen at some festival, but who cares. I want to make something exciting that I would want to watch and hopefully you do too.
With these prerequisites in the mind, the idea behind travel warning was born.
There was a lot of challenges, but I think the biggest was the unknown. Although we had a script, we have one actor interacting with real people, getting real reactions.
I’m a realist. I know this film is ambitious and experimental, to the point of almost being absurd. I mean, it’s a one man crew, shooting overseas on location for six days.
I want people to enjoy the film more than anything. If people choose to learn more about the making the film, I hope it inspires others to undertake their own creative ambitions regardless of money, equipment or any personal circumstance holding them back.
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