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Closing Time was filmed in a single night (January 14th, 2005), on 35mm, for under $3,000. The rest of the $3,000 budget was spent in post production through February 19th. Filming on this budget would not have been possible without the professional and dedicated help of each and every person in the cast and crew. If we'd been short a single person, we could not have made our night, with 36 shots and 32 camera moves, in twelve hours, from call to the last crew member driving away.
"In the beginning there were comics..."
This project would never have been done if not for the enthusiasm and help of Andy Depung, the cinematographer. I met Andy in 2002, while we both worked on Bring It On Again. We talked of our desires and theories on film, and found some common ground. I showed Andy a three page comic that I'd been thinking of doing as a short film, and after reading it, Andy was excited to pursue it. He would hound me with questions about details and timelines, and this got me motivated to start production. There was a failed start in the winter of 2002 to get things going, but the budget was going to be over $5000, which I couldn't afford, at the time. Cut to a couple of years later, and Andy and I have both made a few more contacts in L.A. These contacts helped us to get the budget to a workable $3000, and things just snowballed from there.
"Fifty-Seven Easy Steps to Free Help"
I could never have completed this film without all of the professional FREE help I was able to bring on. The only people that were paid for this project were those who provided equipment, and even they provided said equipment at fifty percent or less of their normal package rental fees. The majority of the crew were people whom Andy and I met through other movies and shows we worked on in the intervening two years since our idea's inception. Those we didn't know directly, as well as most of the background cast, were culled from the pages of Los Angeles' Craig's List. I was amazed at my luck, being able to get so many quality people to show up for a grueling twelve hour night shoot. It helps to have a quality project to get people excited, I guess.
My biggest regret from that night (the other two being shots I wish I'd gotten) is not having had someone to do a video documentary on set, because it went so smoothly, it would serve as a great "how to" for anyone else going through the process.
If I'm missing any information, here, please write me ( bainst [a] gmail.com ), and let me know.