Posts Tagged ‘Katie Featherston’

In light of the box-office success of Oren Peli’s low-budget  (almost no-budget) movie  Paranormal Activity I’ve decided to start a new category on this blog dealing with filmmaking.  The first quote will be from writer/director Peli who was asked by Indy Mogul’s Erik Beck, “I was wondering if you had any advice for our audience of aspiring filmmakers?

“Yeah there are three things that I would probably advise, but the most important one is casting. If you don’t have good actors that do a convincing job then it doesn’t matter what your budget is, it’s just not going to work. If it wasn’t for Katie (Featherston) and Micah (Sloat) being as good as they were we wouldn’t even be talking now because the movie wouldn’t have been going anywhere. The other thing is the issue of perseverance, it’s not easy to make a movie and you just need to keep going and be extremely stubborn and not get discouraged when things don’t go well. And I would encourage people to pick up a videocamera and just start shooting and no matter how well it turns out you’re always going to learn and gain a little experience.”
Oren Peli

In the coming days I’ll unpack the perfect storm of a downturn in the economy mixed with some incredible recent breakthroughs in small cameras that can help you “just start shooting.”

Scott W. Smith

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