Like Crazy [Shot on 7D, Improv-Based, Sundance Winner] Trailer is Out: Have a Look
There will always be a movie you missed at a Festival and wished you hadn’t. For me it’s Like Crazy, Grand Jury winner at Sundance this year. After the festival, I tried to find the script, only to learn that there was no script, just a 50 pages outline used as the foundation of an improv-based shooting. From that point on, everything I learned about this movie intrigued me more.
Excited by the reception that his feature Douchebag received at Sundance in 2010, director Drake Doremus decided to start a new project right after the festival:
I started outlining this movie in February/March, we were prepping it in April/May and we started shooting in June.*
The movie feature Anton Yelchin, Sundance Best-Actress winner Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence, whom Doremus met and befriended with in 2010, when Winter’s Bone and Douchebag were competing in the same category.
Like Crazy tells the love-story of two college kids who fall in love and are forced into a long-distance relationship when Jones’ character’s visa expires and she has to go back to England. The story takes place over 8 years and, from what I gathered, built on the little but significant moments of their story.
The reason why I wanted to watch Like Crazy back when it was just another movie on the long list of movies presented at Sundance was because it was entirely shot on 7D. And when you look at the trailer, you can see that the result is amazing.
John Guleserian, ex-AFI classmate of Doremus and DP for his first feature Spooner, but who only had a small experience with shooting on DSLR, talks** about the process that lead them to shoot on the 7D:
The reasoning behind the 7D was that the director really wanted something where the actors could just forget about the camera. It was definitely a creative choice and a very scary choice. (…) Being able to put Ultra Primes on that camera was probably the only reason why we thought of it as a viable option. We had talked about shooting on the Red because I am very familiar with that, and maybe for him it was a bit too cumbersome for the style of shooting that he wanted to do. For a while we waved it and were thinking “How about we do a lot of it on the Red and then, for some of it, we’ll take this Hot Rod 7D”. And we started playing with it and we thought “Maybe we should shoot the whole movie like this.”
What really intrigues me is the financing. Like Crazy budget was reported to be under a million, so by all standards it is a low-budget movie, but how did Doremus gathered money so quickly on an outline? This I would love to know. It’s rare to see someone navigating so easily in the indie word, without baring the scars of economical battles. Apparently, the fact that Douchebag only made $20,000 or so during its theatrical release didn’t prevent financiers to betting again, which is great as they were proven right, but definitely intriguing.
The movie, that sold after a biding-war for $4 million to Paramount, will be released October 28th, right on time for the Oscar run. I won’t miss it twice.
Watch Drake Doremus talking about his movie at Sundance:
*Watch Director Drake Doremus full interview at Sundance: Making Of Video
**Listen to DP John Guleserian full podcast here: FX Guide Podcast