Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Four Week Feature



Most Hollywood movies generally take about a month to shoot. There are obvious exceptions, but for the purpose of creating some perspective, let's say that the average amount of time it takes to shoot a feature length film is 30 days. Now take the Four Week Feature, a project recently launched by filmmakers Keith Boynton and Mike Lavoie, which plans to take 28 days to make an entire film. Writing, shooting, editing, creating a score, the whole thing. In less than a month.


This is the type of project that would seem crazy if Boynton, Lavoie, and the rest of their crew weren't so accomplished. During the summer of 2009, the team embarked on a similarly-minded project: 12 Films 12 Weeks. Here, they took three months to create twelve short films, completing one every single week. The result was a group of films that effortlessly mixed wit and pathos. (My two favorites, Old Love and After Perfect, are embedded below.)


The Four Week Feature project will begin on July 30th in Park City, Utah, the home of the Sundance Film Festival. (Could there possibly be a better place to make this thing?) For now, there's not really much else to say, other than this is a project you should keep your eye on. The links below should occupy your interest until the film's completion, when I will hopefully have interviews (and a load of great stories) posted with both Boynton and Lavoie.


2 comments:

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Old movies shot so quickly, I think it was The Philadelphia Story that got shot in 12 days.

Danny King said...

@ Andrew: I've yet to see that film, but that's a remarkable number. It always amazes me when I look at the resumes of some of the old stars in their prime, and how they use to come out with three or four films each year. There were even a substantial amount of directors who were able to put out two or three films a year.

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