SO WE MADE A FILM AT BURNIGN MAN
If you’ve ever been to Burning Man or similar festivals and had that experience, then you know about this feeling. If you haven’t, well, it’s kind of…incredible. And certainly worth pursuing.
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Our insurance bid was volleyed back and forth like an office joke and after a few weeks of dead ends and a dozen rejections, we gave up the goal of basic liability. Our workaround, my girlfriend lent me a $1000 to rent a camper to lock up our gear, we had a semi strict no drinking policy on set (a few people were sent home) and we tried our best to keep our actors away from sharp objects, things that blew fire or mutant art cars that could flatten them instantly.
It’s amazing what baking in the sun all day and the onset of hunger and dehydration will do to your spirits. We had a meltdown and full production collapse on the first day of principal photography (we only shot 4 days). The moral of the story, craft services, plenty of water, and someplace cool to sleep goes a long way.
We had a full night shoot planned after a grueling morning, one of our actors went to her camp for a nap and never came back. In her defense she had a dead walki-talki and there was a miscommunication on where to meet, hey it’s Burning Man. Our solution, we used a stand-in and put her in the wardrobe and got the shots we needed.
We learned filmmaking is difficult, the difficulty is compounded when your project is in the “Spirit of Burning Man” aka – NO PAY and even the most simple of stories will take a year of your life and plenty of reshoots to make cohesive. But in the end, it will all be worth it, at least we think so.
We hope you like our gift to the Playa. See ya out there.
CHRIS HOLZ TEMPLETON
RACHEL EMMA PRINGLE UNICORN
JOHN HALCYON STYN AS HIMSELF
LUA FEBOLI SINGER
JULIE LAERKHOLM FIRE SPINNER
UNICORN STAND IN ALLISON WEST
CHARLIE UNICORN DJ DIVA DANIELLE
WRITER/ DIRECTOR JOSH YEO
DIR. OF PHOTOGRAPHY DILLON SCHROER
1ST UNIT CAMERA OP SETH BUNTING
2ND UNIT DP CHRISTOPHER PITCHER
2ND CAMERA OP GALEN OAKES
UNIT PROJECT MANAGER ARIN AMSLER
DRONE OPERATOR JOSH YEO
1ST AD DUSTIN PUTTUCK
1ST AC QUINN STARR
2ND AD ANNA KRUER
ART DIRECTION KRIS KISH
PROPS AND WARDROBE ARIN AMSLER
BTS PHOTOGRAPHY DAVIDE DE MASI
ADDTL PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEl BEACH
3RD UNIT DP (SCENES) JOSH YEO
3RD UNIT 1ST AC BRIAN MCALLISTER
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JOSH YEO
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SETH BUNTING
CO PRODUCER CHRISTOPHER PITCHER
CO PRODUCER ARIN AMSLER
CO PRODUCER KRIS KISH
LINE PRODUCER ANNA KRUER
ASSOC. PRODUCER EMILY GAGEN
EDITING JOSH YEO
ADDTL EDITING SETH BUNTING
ADDTL EDITING BRYAN BIGLER
OUR MUSIC PlAYLIST
STEVE GIBBS – ADRIFT
ZOETROPE- KING OF THE MOUNTAINS
LIGHTS AND MOTION – SILVER LINING
LUKE HOWARD – THE END
ODESZA – IPLAYYOULISTEN
TRANSPORT (SOLAR BEATS)