Two years ago, I was about to buy a camera in Los Angeles for $5000 when an insane idea occurred to me: that with enough help and the right collaborators, I could make a feature-length film for the same amount!
I left the camera in the store and returned home to Scotland with an ambitious plan and the first draft of a script using locations and resources that I could either beg, borrow or steal. Incredibly, my friends and colleagues on the Scottish Indie scene loved the idea, and within a few weeks we were in pre-production.
Con Men is a micro-budget independent film made with the help of professional actors and filmmakers. A true collaboration that would be impossible without the enthusiasm and generosity of all concerned. Over the last year it has toured festivals around the world including the Sydney World Film Festival, Canada's Sunrise Film Festival and the Accolade global film competition; winning Award of Excellence, Best Drama and has been nominated for best international feature film. Thanks to this project I am now in pre-production for my next feature and about to disappear down another exciting rabbit-hole.
The full film is currently ending it's festival run and will be sold for distribution later in the year. Meanwhile, here is the opening scene and titles as an example of what can be accomplished with very little money but with a wealth of talent on both sides of the camera.