Blayne Weaver Cuts to The Chase: It's just way easier to film a kiss than a shoot out.
Filmmaker Blayne Weaver first attended the Tallgrass Film Festival in 2013 to accept the Stubbornly Independent Award for FAVOR. Since then, he’s returned to Wichita several times and will be back again in April…stay tuned for more on that.
In the meantime, pre-order the 2016 TFF official selection Cut To The Chase on iTunes now, and learn more about shooting a feature film outside of Hollywood, tips for a successful kickstarter campaign, how late night filmmaker sessions at Tallgrass can help your casting choices and on how Blayne was blessed with the middle name Nutron.
TFA: Cut to the Chase is your fourth feature, what do you feel like you learned from your previous feature film experiences that you applied to this film?
BW: That's a tough question because you learn SO MUCH on every job and every day on set. The most important thing for me on Chase was surrounding myself with talent who I trust and who trust me. A micro-budget action thriller definitely has its risks and there was no time for ego or attitude. I've learned to build a team that supports one another.
TFA: You’ve filmed movies all over the country, what was it like filming in your hometown?
BW: Shooting in my hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana was a joy. It sounds corny but the community really pulled together. Almost all the crew, most of the cast and all of the financing came from Shreveport so everyone was pulling for its success. We were offered free locations, picture cars, props... We even had neighbors making lunch for the entire crew. It was an amazing homecoming.
TFA: Was this your first time using kickstarter? What advice would you give to filmmakers who are thinking of using crowd funding?
BW: This was my first time using Kickstarter for my own film. I helped out when writer/director Paul Osborne raised money for his thriller FAVOR (a past winner of the Stubbornly Independent Award) but this was the first time on my own. Here are my tips:
- Be realistic about what you can raise. If you have less than 200 friends on Facebook, don't go seeking $20,000. You have to look at what is attainable.
- You must be vigilante, posting multiple times daily. Don't fool yourself- it's a job.
- Toss your ego out. It's hard to ask for money. It just is. And if you want Kickstarter to work for you, you must be shameless about posting and asking for help. Don't worry about it. If you hit your goal and make a film, no one will remember that you were annoying on Facebook.