Friday, February 05, 2010

Good Luck, Paramount!

My email box was ablaze this past Friday with news that Paramount was forming their own micro-budget film division. The goal is to make twenty $100k no-budget features a year. After their success with “Paranormal Activity,” (a film they DID NOT PRODUCE, by the way), this sounds like a case of ‘give the guy a rope and now he thinks he’s a cowboy.’ All I can say is, “Good Luck, Paramount!”

As someone who has devoted most of the last 15 years to no-budget filmmaking and spent the last six years specifically working on this kind of a multi-film model, not to mention the last five years teaching no-budget filmmaking and making my own no-budget features, I have this cautionary note for Paramount: it’s harder than it looks.