“The NUAT Experiment” is a go!
Finally, ladies and gentlemen. I’ve been itching to get this blog started for months, and now I can!
What the heck is “The NUAT Experiment”? That’s a fair question. “The NUAT Experiment” (or just NUAT, as I call it) is a short film project that will look at two versions of the same film, titled
“NOW UPON A TIME”
Using the same script, two filmmakers, myself and one other, will shoot separate, and probably very different, films. Then, after both films have made their festival runs, we will package them together on a single DVD with extensive behind-the-scenes features. I’m talking upwards of three to four hours (hopefully) of behind-the-scenes, examining every aspect of physical and post-production. It will essentially be a mini film school on one DVD, using these short films as a case study.
My name is Benjamin Blue. I’m an independent filmmaker based in Olathe, KS (yes, it’s a real place, just outside of Kansas City, and it’s pronounced o-LAY-thuh, not O-lahth). I’ve been acting and writing for many, many years and turned to film seriously just before college. After getting a Liberal Arts Associates degree (what, you got a problem with associates?) and heading up all video production at The Culture House, I studied at Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, MI, and interned at a production company in Los Angeles.
This whole thing started when Jes Bickhart, a young filmmaker in Los Angeles, came to me with a short script and told me to rewrite it. So I did. We planned to shoot the film together, Jes directing and me producing, but we quickly figured out that our filmmaking styles did not mesh at all. We both specialized in the same areas but had very different approaches to them. This “monkey wrench” is the best thing that could have happened to the project. Since we were both very passionate about the script, but didn’t seem to work well together as partners, we decided to attempt the two-film approach. Suddenly, what began as a 7-minute short film that might play at festivals, but never receive any kind of serious distribution, became a larger package with actual, real world self-distribution possibilities (something far too few short-filmmakers really think about).
Unfortunately (for us, but fortunately for him), Jes has become extremely busy since we conceived this project a few months ago and has decided to step aside, which means I’ll be talking to a couple other filmmakers I know in the next couple weeks about filling his position, a difficult but exciting task.
This blog will aim to carry you, the audience, with us through the process of making these films. We’ll try to look at all aspects of production, and if there’s anything specific you want to hear more about, please let us know. The behind-the-scenes/education aspect of this project starts here, which means it’s about you almost as much as it is about us (don’t feel bad, we’re kind of awesome).
Thank you so much for your support! We want this to be a destination blog for you, something you can’t wait to read next time, so PLEASE let us know what you think. The education aspect is key, sure, but if we are not entertaining you, then we are not doing our jobs!
This week’s lesson:
Sometimes an obstacle appearing is the
absolute best thing that can happen.
Next week: The Writing Process