Rules are is that it must be under 2 minutes long, made at home, and shot on a cell phone. And since I never had planned to shoot anything on my phone I only have the cheapest 40 dollar phone that I could find (this one to be exact https://shop.straighttalk.com/shop/en/straighttalk/phones/st-lg-rebel-4?gclid=Cj0KCQjw7qn1BRDqARIsAKMbHDYg482RAmJPPyNQo3-XANy42X0sb3rOIsO2qtpJovGZ3v1exzAZZQUaAmYBEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds).
So, figuring out how to light and make something look halfway decent with one of the world’s cheapest phones was quite the challenge indeed (especially since I don’t really know anything about lighting as my focus is on acting and directing – I just figure the tech stuff out as I go).
I used leftover makeup and fake blood and a fog machine that I bought from Spirit and Walmart on Halloween. I used mostly house lights and flash lights and then a really old film light that I had for one shot, and my home depot work-light for a couple others. I worked as a one person crew while shooting, since my actor couldn’t help while doing the scenes, of course, and ideally with so many effects some crew members would have been nice, so I definitely messed up a bunch of stuff while trying to operate up to 4 things at once, but hey, we finished!
(music purchased at Pond5.com royalty free music)