In 1997, cousins Jason and Julian are both 25... and bored. Armed with $100,000, a three-minute film idea, and an award-winning short film director Glenn, they decide it's time to change their lives. The script The Venus Factory, they conclude, is too big to be told in three minutes, so they're going to make it into a feature film. Making Venus documents their journey through pre-production, trouble with the unions, a script being rewritten only days before the shoot and escalating costs. In-between, however, there is also lots of fun - body painting, dancing and absurd costumes plus a pained casting director wondering just who was responsible for getting all of her extras drunk. Jason and Julian have limitless enthusiasm for their film, and are proud of their business acumen in getting out there and raising more money by "knocking on doors" and getting investors on board. Discovering later that most of those doors belong to family and family friends makes this pride seem somewhat ... Written by
Essential viewing for any novice feature filmmaker.
'Making Venus' should be on the curricula for all film schools before they unleash their students on the world. A wise and sobering treatise on the wiles of producers, the eagerness of directors, and the collective fugue of sundry filmmakers.
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