Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go behind the scenes on an independent film? Wondered how the process differs between a big budget Hollywood production and an indie movie? If so, ‘We Make Movies’ could be the…err movie for you.
Director and star Matt Tory wanted to make a movie about the process of making movies, just not the Hollywood process. Think Bowfinger meets Tropic Thunder. Adopting a documentary style in which cameras go behind the scenes of a minor motion picture, We Make Movies tells the story of a group of college students who spend the summer making a movie for their hometown’s film festival. A movie that blends together all the greatest films ever made in what Stevphen (not a typo) the director (played by Tory) calls “an homage”.
Tory decided to make the movie with his friends, in very much the same way as the movies they made as children. The cast all play highly exaggerated versions of themselves. There’s the egomaniacal director with delusions of grandeur, the method actor in the starring role who’s a bit of a diva, the loveable dogs body who does everything the director won’t, the love interest and the guy who has talent but the director won’t let him do anything through fear he’ll steal the spotlight.
On the set of a major motion picture there’s a man for every job, but on an indie movie with almost zero budget everyone has to help out by taking on multiple roles. This is where the fun happens. It’s hilarious to watch the antics of this rag tag group as they attempt to film at locations around their hometown, dealing with mad uncles, car thieves and the star’s continual demands for a trailer.
In 2016 We Make Movies won both the Davis International Film Festival Young Filmmaker Award and the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival Triangle Award (awarded to those whose work exemplifies a bright and exciting career). Not only is it a hilarious comedy that will keep you grinning throughout, We Make Movies feels like a movie made by movie lovers for movie lovers.
We Make Movies stars Jordan Hopewell, Zack Slort, Matt Tory, Anne Crockett, Jonathen Holmes, Matt Silver, Valerie Tory and Josiah Pinnamore and is available on Amazon Prime, Google Play and Blu-ray. Check out the website at wmmfilm.com.
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