#1 Edited by dr_nefarious (1762 posts) -

Hi all, well to start off, my friend wrote and is in the process of directing a batman parody film. It's by no means some big budget hollywood movie, but I know for a fact that he, as well as his friends, are putting down somewhere between 10-15 grand on this movie. Not to mention that it's very clever and original. Now, these friends are my friends as well and I'm sure they wouldn't mind putting down money on my film that I want to make, but do you really think I should take this investment? I was wanting to save up a few grand and produce and direct a Godfather/Goodfellas parody.

#2 Posted by CashBailey (808 posts) -

Really, if you have that much money to spend you should drop the parody idea and just make something original. The parody short is a saturated market these days. Especially with sites like Funny or Die.

I've never understood people spending so much time and money on fan films and the like. If you're only spending a few hundred bucks and some tuna sandwiches to make it then have at it. But 10-15 grand is a lot of money, considering how cheap technology is these days.

But if making this movie will make you happy then go for it.

#3 Posted by Aegon (6567 posts) -

They have to be parodies? Not "influenced by"?

#4 Posted by JZ (2343 posts) -

What else better do you got to do?

#5 Posted by 71Ranchero (3082 posts) -

@JZ said:

What else better do you got to do?

With 10-15 grand? I would hope plenty.

#6 Posted by TheHumanDove (2522 posts) -

Can it top the new sonic film?

#7 Edited by ArtisanBreads (4374 posts) -

@CashBailey said:

Really, if you have that much money to spend you should drop the parody idea and just make something original. The parody short is a saturated market these days. Especially with sites like Funny or Die.

I've never understood people spending so much time and money on fan films and the like. If you're only spending a few hundred bucks and some tuna sandwiches to make it then have at it. But 10-15 grand is a lot of money, considering how cheap technology is these days.

But if making this movie will make you happy then go for it.

I kind of agree on the parody angle, but who knows, maybe it's a good idea.

For the rest: small films in this price range have launched careers. So if he believes in it, go for it. Sure tech is good, but if he spends money wisely he should be able to get results out of that extra money, no? I'm thinking stuff like Neill Blomkamp-esque (though not sure how the budget compares).

#8 Posted by liquiddragon (454 posts) -

As far as your project goes, I wouldn't produce and direct by yourself. I would at least have a co-producer or better yet, a full time producer. As far as your friend's project, I would really consider your friends work ethic. As a producer, you'll put a lot of work into someone else's baby and you'll be really invested in the result. Sure he's your friend but really think about whether his going to appreciate all the time you're going to put up for him.

I'm only speaking based on my friend's thesis project I produced and other friends experiences in the producing role.

#9 Posted by AgnosticJesus (547 posts) -

You guys should put some postings on Craigslist looking for adult models and make a low budget Batman parody porn movie.

#10 Posted by Sooty (8195 posts) -

Not sure if serious, or just trying to brag.

#11 Posted by Mushir (2631 posts) -

Make a short-film. I've seen too many people try to make a full length film and being really passionate about it, and then later realising how much fucking work it is.

#12 Posted by dr_nefarious (1762 posts) -

@Aegon said:

They have to be parodies? Not "influenced by"?

Well, I guess that would be the better way to put it.

@CashBailey said:

Really, if you have that much money to spend you should drop the parody idea and just make something original. The parody short is a saturated market these days. Especially with sites like Funny or Die.

I've never understood people spending so much time and money on fan films and the like. If you're only spending a few hundred bucks and some tuna sandwiches to make it then have at it. But 10-15 grand is a lot of money, considering how cheap technology is these days.

But if making this movie will make you happy then go for it.

It will be a parody but at the same time it will be very original.

@Mushir said:

Make a short-film. I've seen too many people try to make a full length film and being really passionate about it, and then later realising how much fucking work it is.

It will be a short film. Not enough time nor money to produce a feature-length, besides I think a short would best fit a parody.

#13 Posted by ShaggE (7018 posts) -

@Sooty said:

Not sure if serious, or just trying to brag.

Why so not sure if serious?

(you get that one for free, :P)

#14 Posted by awesomeusername (4478 posts) -

No! What you should do is give ME the money! You know... Because I have STD's... and stuff. SAVE ME!

#15 Posted by Coombs (3507 posts) -

@CashBailey said:

Really, if you have that much money to spend you should drop the parody idea and just make something original. The parody short is a saturated market these days. Especially with sites like Funny or Die.

I've never understood people spending so much time and money on fan films and the like. If you're only spending a few hundred bucks and some tuna sandwiches to make it then have at it. But 10-15 grand is a lot of money, considering how cheap technology is these days.

But if making this movie will make you happy then go for it.

^This