Sizzle concept trailer for independent film IMPULSE CONTROL released today.
Los Angeles, CA June 9 2012: This sizzle reel is a current trend in independent film marketing, allowing filmmakers to show their concept using pre-existing footage.
In a world where every major studio is opening a micro-budget division while independent film budgets are growing, a collection of USC Graduate students are seeking to take their own crack at independent production. Impulse Control is an independent film set to shoot in November of 2012. It is a dramatic-thriller about a family in crisis faced with a cancer that causes one of them to lose the ability to control anger. It is similar in tone to last year’s Take Shelter and is currently Indiewire’s project of the week.
The production team consists of Matthew Breault (writer/director), Alex George Pickering (writer/producer) and Lea Dizon (producer). Alex Pickering’s feature scripts have advanced in nearly every major screenwriting competition (Nichols, Sundance, Austin). Matthew Breault’s USC short film Efrain won the top award the school can give to any of its films in 2011, the FotoKem Gold Award, which garnered mentions in both Hollywood Reporter last year and Variety last month. And Lea Dizon, an established producer from the Philippines, has recently been featured in numerous news magazines in regards to the project.
So I am currently in pre-production on my first feature film titled Impulse Control. My short film Efrain found some success but life is waaaaaaayyyy different out of film school. The hardest part I’ve found is that in putting together an independent feature film, you need to engage in so many non-filmmaking endeavors. It is a landscape where using youtube, twitter, facebook, viral marketing, crowd funding, online monetization and the like are things that even huge studios can’t figure out. They have whole departments of people trying to figure the new playing field out and to be competitive you need to engage in that world in a big way because even more than the studios, you need your online presence.
I’ve recently heard of Klout - an online status number that amalgamates all of your accounts and gives you a number that represents your online presence. We can now rank our reach online! It’s amazing. You should totally check your Klout number. Justin Beiber is the only 100 I’m told.
Now I’m not progress averse. I realize these social-media progressions are great in their own way, but when it comes to filmmaking it gives me pause. The types of people who thrive with all of these new tools are amazing and talented people with great ideas and creativity but will the necessary aptitude for these platforms act as a brand new barrier to entry for certain types of filmmakers? In going to film festivals, I have met people with amazing ideas, amazing stories and brilliant work who are quiet, reserved and not versed in social marketing. I can find my way around but my Klout number wasn’t a powerhouse. Is the new filmmaking revolution built for a certain type of personality? Is that any different than how it’s ever been? I dunno. I’m just trying to get you to read my blog so my Klout goes up : )
Please donate to our kickstarter. We have an unbelievably unique story to tell about family, loss and learning to truly let things go. You have to see this script come to life. Please check out our kickstarter, contact with questions so we can show you how powerful this story will be. Thank you!
My short film Efrain will be playing at Newport Beach on the weekend of April 27th. Check out the link here. We are part of the “at the Wrong Place/Wrong Time” block on Friday April 27th at 3:30 pm. This is a great honor for the film and we hope that you can come catch the screening.
This weekend at USC is the annual First Look Film Festival (now titled First Film) which is a whole weekend of student short films. Both of my films Efrain and RX will be showing. I highly urge people to come check out the awesome films USC has to offer, and if you’re a fan come vote for either of my pieces to play at the DGA as an audience favorite.
Alex Pickering (the writer of Efrain) and I just recently returned from the Vail Film Festival. It was an amazing event and the film was extremely well received. I am still remiss in getting in touch with some of the awesome people we met out there, so if we met you at Vail I’ll be in touch soon! It was really nice to get away from LA for just a bit.
I have been so lucky that Efrain has been so well accepted in the festival world. It has played internationally at more than 20 festivals now! Really hoping the related feature film script gets some traction coming up.
Right now I am continuing work on a variety of projects while working as an editor, the most exciting of which is an independent feature I plan to be shooting late this year. I have got some exciting talent attached but of course, everything is always in flux. No matter what though the resolve is there and I’m excited to get back on set. Look for updates soon on the project!