My twin brother, Joshua Young, is a pretty prolific writer: poems, plays, scripts, books, essay (and quite good at these things). But poetry and small press don't pay well, and yet he wants to market his work and get it out there. So we made a deal: He would write for me (scripts, revisions, etc), and I would shoot his book trailers with my team. And I think he gets the better deal because our team is Chris Koser (DoP), Avielle Heath (Prod Design), Alex Stowe (Producer, AD), Cameron Currier (Camera), among the rest of our Hand Crank Crew.
There are a few rules. He has to give us the creative, the shoot can't be longer than two hours, and the edit can't take longer than four (we can also use found footage, if it fits the project).
His most recent book is a Play in Verse called THE HOLY GHOST PEOPLE. There is a lot going on in the book, so we had to come up with creative that we could tell the story, and that we could produced inside boundaries we have set. My brother wanted to do it in one shot and that was the plan, but on the day things changed - like they always do.
They obstacles were:
It stopped raining and there wasn't budget for a rain machine.
It was hard to hide the curtain that would be the final shot of our reveal.
And our time limit.
In the end, the shoot was three hours long. But we got some great looking stuff, thanks to Avielle - who constructed a working theatre curtain that could close in the middle of the woods - Chris Koser, who makes everything look great. And our talent, Kirk A Hayes, Ross Robinette, and Mike Olsen, who braved the weather and mud just for the fun of the shoot.
Here's what we created for no budget, 3 hour shoot and 4 hours of editing.
WATCH THE TRAILER