“One unexpected benefit for Burns in making these independent films is his ability to redefine what a film schedule can look like. While most directors are forced by budgetary constraints to adhere to a rigorous blocked out shooting calendar, by using hand held cameras and skeleton crew Burns has been able to keep his shooting schedule open ended. Rather than blocking out weeks of time, Burns simply uses his actors and his sets when he can, meaning 12 days of shooting is stretched out over three months. For Newlyweds, after shooting a few scenes, Burns retreated to the editing bay to see what he had to work with and figure out how to progress from there.
‘I keep equating it to the painter that throws up those first couple of coats and then he sits in his studio and stares at it. He can take a month deciding, what’s next?’ said Burns. ‘This wasn’t a strategy, we kind of fell into [it] just because you’re asking actors to work for nothing and you’re begging favors from everyone you know.’”
Newlyweds is available now on VOD and on iTunes December 30. You can find more information about the film at EdwardBurns.net.