This was my first attempt at a no budget narrative feature. It only clocks in at 45 minutes so it is not actually a feature, but it more than showed me the challenges involved in such an effort.
Shot in the fall of 1993, this was produced in Hi-8 format on a Sony ccd-v801, a very nice high end consumer camera for the time with full manual control. Editing was the primary limitation. In the pre-digital age I had to cut tape to tape on a system that was not frame accurate and could not even do audio over laps. Black and White was partially to achieve a cheap film look, but also helped with chroma bleed and degradation of analogue video.
I have often thought about doing a new cut from the master tapes, but this represents my abilities and resources available at the time of production, and I am proud of the effort. I present this as motivation for young filmmakers of today. Any dv cam and imovie would be capable as technically better than this. Don't worry about whether your gear is good enough, just get out and shoot.
Dedicated to the memory of Blair Latta.
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