At tonight’s New York City PandoMonthly, Rob Burnett explains to Sarah Lacy how Hollywood hasn’t caught up to today’s filmmaking, which is low cost, DIY, and accessible to anyone.
Before the shoot of his “movie within a movie,” entitled appropriately enough “We Made This Movie,” about small town kids struggling to make a reality-based film, he gathered his cast of first-time actors at his house for a week long “slumber party” to create the chemistry seen on screen. Burnett understood what was at stake if he didn’t get it right.
“You can’t lie to the Internet. That’s a mistake,” says Burnett. “You can’t get this energy any other way.”
The night before the first day of shooting for the $1 million budget film, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) got wind of the “slumber party,” called it a rehearsal, and forced Burnett to pay the entire cast for that week.
“We wanted to do the whole movie non-SAG.”
A longtime Hollywood figure as an executive producer for the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Burnett’s new company Worldwide Pants is paving the way for lower-budget, technology-enabled films to be made and distributed. Learn more from his experience by watching the Livestream of the event.