Back in the early 90s, filmmakers like Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater and Kevin Smith re-ignited interest in low-budget independent filmmaking with the success of films like El Mariachi, Slacker and Clerks on estimated budgets of $7,000, $23,000 and $27,000 respectively. Mariachi’s dirty little secret is that it cost Columbia another $200,000 to transfer the print to film and fix the sound, but Rodriguez wouldn’t have had that problem today. Apple’s introduction of a 4K-capable Mac Pro and Final Cut Pro X along with an increasing selection of prosumer 4K cameras puts digital cinema squarely in the hands of the indie filmmaker. Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have captured the popular imagination and made crowdfunding a reality for thousands of filmmakers, bringing in literally millions of dollars for projects that otherwise would never see the light of day under the current Hollywood studio system.
Feature filmmaking is a largely sweaty and thankless exercise under most circumstances and not something you should enter into lightly without a suitable budget. Understanding your niche, finding like-minded supporters and building an audience for your work on social networks is the gravy on top of your production mashed potatoes, or in our case, the cabbage that goes along with the corned beef. Rather than go through one of the more popular crowdfunding sites we decided to save the 8 - 10% in service fees for the production and build our own fundraising portal at www.charliegormanswake.com
Most of our film’s cast hails from Ireland and many of them emigrated to the States during the conflict period known as The Troubles. They began acting together in several theatre productions by New Haven Connecticut’s Gaelic Players including The Chastitute, Juno and the Paycock, Midden and The Year of the Hiker among others. The film takes place in a fictional village outside of Dublin called Ballycarraig. Writer/Director Paul Pender wrote the screenplay in traditional Irish dialect and was inspired by Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van), the Irish Film Board’s production of Once and other influential Irish films. Paul is also a world-class musician and will be composing a traditional Irish score for the soundtrack.
Below is a promotional video for the film. We’ll be releasing interviews with the cast over the next few days so please check back for updates, visit the website and spread the word!