I finally found out how he does it. The ultimate indie-actor-turned-director Edward Burns had me scratching my head for a while. I mean the man is currently promoting yet another feature film made for next to nothing, starring, written and directed by himself. Tweets like this were just blasphemy.
“Newlyweds shooting budget: 5k for actors, 2k insurance, 2k food and drink. 9k in the can. We only shot 12 days. That’s how to make an independent film.” – Ed Burns via Twitter
So I did what I always do – I went to Google the truth. It took some sifting through articles like “Ed Burns cranks out film for just $9,000” and “Ed Burns Shoots a $9,000 Feature with his 5D“and browsing the guy’s tweets but I got my “ah-ha!” moment after all. Cue drumroll, please.
“The film, which is his 10th as a writer-director, cost just $9,000 to shoot on location in Manhattan, though the final budget, after postproduction costs, was closer to $125,000.” – Ed Burns in Chicago Tribune