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Great Netflix Streaming Documentaries on Low Budget Filmmaking
  • Firstly apologies to those outside the US, these probably won't be available to you, but I'm sure you can find them...somewhere.

    Let's start with Popatopolis. A doc about veteran B-Movie maker Jim Wynorski. He's made over 70 films, some with titles like "Bare Wench Project", "The Da Vinci Coed", and the classic "The Return of Swamp Thing". This time he's making a move called, "The Witches of Breastwick" and he's trying to do it in 3 days. We can all take some lessons from him, especially his casting choices. ^_^

    Next let's go underage and gory! A 12 year old girl decided to make a zombie movie. Zombie Girl: The Movie This follows the multi-year journey of young Emily Hagins and her desire to make a full length zombie feature. Great flick and you can learn a lot from seeing the problems she encounters along the way.

    Her next movie played at SXSW, here's the trailer.

    And finally we go overseas to the heart of Africa with Welcome to Nollywood. Did you know that Nigeria has the third largest movie industry, IN THE WORLD?!?! You could almost believe this is a mocumentary, but no way could anybody write fiction like this.

    Love the boast about importing Nigerians to put hollywood out of business. Not sure about that, but they'd definitely give Wynorski a run for his money.

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  • Yah, I couldn't believe it too. (1) Hollywood, (2) Bollywood (India) and (3) Nollywood (Nigeria) lol. One thing these other countries need to do is be original and stop copying, stop the "llywood" lol.

  • Nigerian neorealism :p , truly amazing, so much energy... This is also the second economic value after crude oil. In the 90's Dictator Sani Abacha fired many writers,directors and technicians of the national TV.They merged with the strong piracy DVD distribution market available in lagos and start making indie movies. It could be interesting to know how the HDSLR revolution touch their production. Regarding piracy here's a quote from a journalist from Cameroon "To me, piracy is a joy because Africa was thirsty of these images. Ask the streets in Yaounde who knows a player of Ousmane Sembene (A senegalese writer and director who learn cinema at Moscow) movies, and ask for the names of Nollywood actors, we will quote them in spades! It is certainly not satisfactory for the copyright and production incentive, but Africa needs to live his own images" Good storytelling is not as strong as in Ousmane Sembene movies yet but it will one day and certainly something is going on and something that will spread in all Africa.