Written by Nathaniel Beaver.
BTS is a staple for any film production.
Independent filmmaking has often been compared to a dangerous journey into the unknown. Every movie or ship is built slightly differently and will face numerous dangers along the way. We all have to decide which strengths and weaknesses to choose for our ships and which crew will accompany us on our voyage. There are never enough resources and space on our ships is always limited. But I’m here to remind you never to forget to go behind the scenes!
Often questioned or grafted on at the last minute, behind the scenes (BTS) material of independent films usually ends with a lackluster account of their making.
Why Include BTS?
With our limited budgets, it’s easy to get it to the bottom of the priority list, but the truth is that BTS should be just as necessary as any other department in filmmaking. After the movie is done, you’ll always wish you had taken the time to capture the struggles, achievements, and hard work you all endured. Perhaps more importantly, we owe it to our fellow indie filmmakers to provide a glimpse into the trials we have faced so that they can learn from our efforts. The more dangerous the journey, the more important it is that we record it for those who dare to venture out after us in their own ships.
Aspiring filmmakers, like me, are looking for special features to learn the “making of” of a film. I still remember how inspiring it was to see the ins and outs of Lord of the Rings. It was amazing to see how Peter Jackson’s community gave an in-depth look at their experience and, in my opinion, made some of the best films ever made! Your extensive coverage encouraged and motivated me to do the same in my approach to storytelling.
In 2009 I started my production company Parry Riposte Films to tell such stories. Since that time, I’ve had the privilege of documenting many creative works, but by far the most challenging and rewarding experience I’ve had has been producing the BTS’s recently released horror anthology feature The morgue.
The morgue It was an extremely complex and difficult film, mainly because it was an independent feature on an extremely low budget. The process from foundation to completion took over six years! As the producer of the BTS content, I made it my business to document as much of the trip as possible.
BTS from indie horror
My goal at BTS has always been to bring out the adventure of making a movie by connecting audiences with and with the movie’s creative team Morgue it worked very well. I wanted to represent as many departments as possible and interview everyone, not just the cast and the director. In every department there is passion and things that have to be learned by everyone involved.
The team at Morgue Proven to be informative, compelling, and often funny. Being “in the trenches” with them couldn’t help but want them to succeed, and it turned out they had managed to capture the town of Raven’s End, their now iconic morgue, and the characters, that intersect to create incredibly entertaining.
A great lesson I learned at work Morgue Enthusiasm and a positive attitude are crucial for an ambitious collaboration. The team had to be on the same page mentally to achieve the overall goals of the film. The crew always had to and had to wear several hats want helping each other to be successful. In indie film production, there is never room to do only the bare minimum or to say, “It’s not like that my Job. “It’s that struggle and the shared passion within the team that made filming BTS is really special and I hope that all indie filmmakers don’t get to see my work anymore.
We have two hours of special feature vignettes from Morgue for the Blu-ray / DVD / iTunes version which is unknown for indie function. I was able to create detailed windows into the cinematography, SFX makeup, art department, stunts, locations, creature effects, etc. of the film. Our initial processing of the vignettes actually took more than eight hours! It was brutal to take it down, but there are still many stories and insights from this movie that I hope will one day see the light of day. (#ReleaseTheBeaverCut!)
I was also inspired when I looked at specifics Lord of the RingsI hope the BTS from The morgue can serve to inspire and train the next generation of aspiring filmmakers. And if one day they build their own ships to go on their own adventures, the dangers they face may be a little less unexpected.
And maybe, just maybe, they’ll remember to take a look behind the scenes of their trip as well.