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Director / CrewI Am "catch 22" Filmmaker Josh Folan and I Make "Real" Movies With Basically No Money

Jan 17th 2017 by joshfolan • 7 Questions • 3223 Points

I am the writer/director/producer/editor/crafty table nazi of catch 22: based on the unwritten story by seanie sugrue - which was released today by 108 Media on all major VOD platforms - iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox Video, Vimeo. catch22movie.com

I'm also the creator/director/producer/editor of the Amazon documentary series Batteries Not Included, a nostalgia-minded doc where I interview some of the more prominent toy, game, and content creators of the 80's and 90's - people like Larry Hama (creator of G.I. Joe), Bob Budiansky (creator of Transformers) and Kevin Eastman (creator of TMNT).

I've multi-hyphenated my way through 40+ IMDb-listed productions - writer/director/producer/editor/actor/low budget problem solver/and more. I've learned a couple things along the way.

I'm the author of Filmmaking, the Hard Way, a case study on low-budget filmmaking available in paperback and via all e-platforms, and founder of NYEH Entertainment

Follow me on the Twitter, @joshfolan and Patreon

Proof: https://twitter.com/joshfolan/status/819574229792395265

Q:

Where does your funding for your films mainly come from?

A:

Every project is wildly different, but the primary financier was a guy who was a regular at a bar I bartended at many years ago. We kept in touch over the years, and he happened to have a few extra bucks when we were putting the project together. We were "greenlit" by way of a latenight text message where he was bored and sitting at a hotel bar on a work trip. "How much do you need to make this thing happen."


Q:

That's awesome. That guy seems just like me. I always make decisions like that seemingly out of the blue in random spots. Truth is, it has been something that I've been deciding on for a long time, I usually just pull the trigger at odd times.

A:

Matt?

hahahaha


Q:

I don't roll on Sabbath!

A:

Nice marmot.


Q:

How do you crew your films for basically no money? Do they get at least minimum wage?

A:

Making films with at least some level of commercial value to them for mid-five-figure budgets is a CONSTANT carnival balancing act of spending and asking for/begging for favors. Key crew members are certainly paid day rates, and I always give everyone (down to the PA's) profit participation, but no one (us included) are changing tax brackets because of one of my films. That first feature film credit for someone's resume is a very powerful negotiating tool when crewing up a small feature, and I pitch it to them in very Roger Corman-esque fashion - "if you do this for me and we do a good job, you'll never have to work for me again." haha


Q:

What do you think of the commercial my buddy produced? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwuTklHPbuQ

A:

Pretty damn solid. Definitely captures the "essence" of 70's porn. haha


Q:

Me and my Niece (She is 11yo) are excited to produce homemade movies but trying to be close to the "real thing". Of course, budget is going to be a few bucks. Any advice to my niece about her project? Any additional words that you may want to share so she can feel motivated?

Thanks in advance.

A:

Make as many TERRIBLE things as you possibly can afford (time and/or money) to. You can't learn how to do this stuff in a classroom, or from a book, or anywhere else other than physically doing it. That's not to say you shouldn't read as many books and listen to as many talented filmmakers talk about this stuff as you can, as you might avoid a few pitfalls, but you just flat out have to do it and see your wrongdoings on a screen in front of you to understand where you actually went wrong.


Q:

Why do u sound similar to a certain nolan?

A:

Nolan...Ryan? Great pitcher.