Micro Budget Film Lab is run by Shawn Whitney. I have been writing screenplays for more than a decade and, after graduating from the prestigious Canadian Film Centre, have worked as an executive story consultant and story editor for almost a decade. In 2012, after several false breakthroughs on multiple projects, I wrote, co-produced and co-directed a microbudget film, A Brand New You, which went to several festivals internationally, winning a number of awards. We recently signed with an international sales agent. Our second film, which I also wrote and co-directed, Fucking My Way Back Home, is in the final stretch of post-production. A third, Century of Redemption, is in development with the aim of shooting in 2017. Before (and sometimes during) all this I have worked as a waiter, a revolutionary, in a factory or three and written copy for insurance companies. Prior to attending the Canadian Film Centre I was entirely self-taught. If I can make movies, you can too!
Our goal is modest - to help foment a microbudget film revolution. We want to do this through providing training, resources and access to community building tools, as well as access to some cheap essential gear. There's a big gap in the kinds of stories being told through film, which is dominated by stale formulas and too many retreads, remakes and sequels, not to mention the kinds of faces and voices that don't reflect our world or our countries. There's lots of articles on micro-budget and no-budget filmmaking but not a lot of places that bring it all together in one place. We hope to make MFL that place.
We believe that film has the power to change the world. It can literally change how we think about reality and see the world. Think about how often you put a soundtrack to events in your life, or remember moments using film editing techniques like the jump cut or slow motion. It can expose injustice or teach us about what it really means to walk a mile in the shoes of someone else who may have been misrepresented in the media. It can expand the horizons of our imagination of what is possible and spur humanity on to better worlds and higher goals. We want to make a contribution to bringing unheard and unseen voices into the lexicon of cinema.