Back in the day, I co-founded the first Film Club ever at Pueblo West High School, along with my good friend Caynen. There were others involved with the project as well, but no one was nearly as consumed by it as Caynen and I were. At the time, we were obsessed with creating not just one movie, but multiple short films. I was writing script after script for all of these different films we had planned, collaborating with Caynen on everything. After we filmed our short On The Shoulders Of Zombies: The Untold Story of the Evil Dead Four, however, it seemed as though I had gotten the filmmaking bug out of my system, at least for the most part. I still yearn to create movies now and then, though not with nearly the amount of passion I had for it when I was younger. Also, at the time I was using a less-than-legal copy of Final Draft, which I no longer have, and to start out in the industry is just extremely cost-prohibitive. Just look at the price of the RED digital camera, which is the first digital camera to break into Hollywood, having been used to shoot films Like Crank and the yet-to-be-released Robocop remake, among others. This camera is often touted as being relatively cheap and easy for studios to acquire and utilize, with a price tag of only $10,000. Film cameras cost much, much more, and don't even get me started on the cost of developing the film itself.
I bring up our high school Film Club adventures because, during this time Caynen and I came across an intriguing book called $30 Film School. Once we saw this and read the description (DIY Film School!), we knew we had to have it in our bag of tricks. Once we finally managed to get a copy of the book, we both took turns salivating over it as if it were our last meal. So much new information about every facet of filmmaking was now at our fingertips. It opened our minds to new possibilities for our guerrilla filmmaking. It even gave me the idea (that I subsequently never followed through on due to my laziness, or something) to apply for 501(c)3 fiscal status. Which is just a fancy way of saying that you are non-profit organization. This was important to us at the time because it would've allowed us to entice our neighbors and community members to invest money in our film because it could be written off for taxes. On an interesting side note, we made fun of the process of trying to get donations from family members in our short film, which you can see for yourself on Youtube.