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Community Spotlight with Jared Isham

Director/Writer/Producer. USA.

#FlashbackFriday #FBF  Do you remember our Community Spotlight with Jared Isham?

Jared Isham’s film, The Bounty, is a western that is being released nationwide on DVD and Blu-ray. Regarding what that process entailed, Jared shares, “While the film was in post production, the other two producers and I worked on finding distributors. Our current distributor had success with the western genre and found the info listed on IMDb. When we had a presentable sound mix, we sent them a copy for review and they made an offer. After we delivered all our items, we finalized the sound mix and color correction. No official release date has been given yet, but it is set for a 2009 release.”

 

Research:
“It helped that Westerns were lower budget film, we couldn’t just go out rent the Universal Studios backlot for two weeks. The main thing was finding a location within the Hollywood 30 mile zone to avoid per diem and lodging fees. We ended up settling on a new location just within the 30 mile zone called Caravan West Ranch. It ended up being a great resource for us where we were able to get prop/set dressing, costumes and weapons.”

Locations:
“I spent nearly 8 months doing a search for the right location that would fit into our budget. Because we were a lower budget film, we couldn’t just go out rent the Universal Studios backlot for two weeks. The main thing was finding a location within the Hollywood 30 mile zone to avoid per diem and lodging fees. We ended up settling on a new location just within the 30 mile zone called Caravan West Ranch. It ended up being a great resource for us where we were able to get prop/set dressing, costumes and weapons.”

Biggest Challenge:
“The hardest part is always raising money… and the business side of things; contract negotiations and distribution. Sound is also a big obstacle.”

Solutions:
“Business side is lots of reading and consulting. For sound, I got some help from some friends at Universal Studios Post Production Sound.”

Favorite Tool:
“Story. You can have all the gadgets in the world, but without a good story a movie can still be awful.”

Favorite Technique:
“I like to use action verbs in directing. Never direct using an adjective because each person has their own interpretation.”

 

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