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How Two Nashville Area Filmmakers Shot a Feature Film in 10 Days for $2500

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Plus Got It Screened On Amazon Prime and at Comic-Con International

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - eTradeWire -- Nashville area filmmakers Greg Pope and Daniel Collins went from discussing movie ideas over dinner to premiering their first feature film to a sold out crowd less than a year later. The film, "There's Something in the Lake," is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime and will screen at the Summer 2022 Comic-Con International Film Festival in San Diego, CA.

Pope and Collins, who frequently discussed making a feature length movie hit a typical brick wall when it came to two things: time and money. "We knew from the small commercial productions we worked on that to make something of quality you're looking at several thousand a day just to fill the minimum crew and talent positions, rent the gear, and feed everyone," explained Pope.

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Then at a dinner meeting last October, Mr. Collins announced that he had devised a formula; "Write it this Winter. Shoot it over the Summer. Release it next Fall. Rinse and repeat!" Inspired by filmmakers like Roger Corman and Woody Allen who turned out films frequently and cheaply the two made a decision to try and pull off their first feature in less than a year.

Pope wrote the screenplay over several weeks in February and March, basing it on an award-winning short film they'd made the previous year. The movie, a nostalgic throwback to "creature features" of the 1960s and 70s, concerns a 13-year-old girl and her two friends who fall asleep watching a monster movie and are literally sucked into its world. As dark forces close in, the kids formulate a plan to destroy a horrific lake dwelling creature in order to end the movie and return to reality.

Casting began in April, with Pope reaching out to friends and local theatre companies and stipulating that the roles would be non-paid. Locations were kept to a minimum with the filmmakers only shooting in places they could get very cheaply or for free. The movie was shot in ten days working Fridays to Sundays to get a reduced weekend rate on gear rentals with Pope cutting the film together on the days in between. When all was said and done, the movie had been made for just over $2500.

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"There's something in the Lake" premiered October the 28th in Franklin TN to a sold out, enthusiastic audience; almost a year to the day after Collins first presented his "rinse and repeat" formula. It is available to stream on Amazon Prime and Vimeo on Demand and is an official selection of the Summer 2022 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival.

More information is available on the film's website: http://www.somethinginthelake.com

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Source: Octoberville Creative LLC
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