Low budget case study #2 – George Washington

Published on 10 May 2010

Another profile on a low budget film that has inspired us to make The Hitman’s Cookbook. We also hope these movies inspire you to make your debut (or next!) feature film. Watch them if you haven’t already.

The next cab off the rank is…

Film – George Washington (2000)

Filmmaker – David Gordon Green (Writer/ Director/ Producer)

Age at completion of film – 25

Country – USA

Budget – US$42,000 (an additional $60,000 was spent in post)

Shoot duration – 19 days

Format – 35mm

Key points

  • Tim Orr’s stunning ‘magic hour’ cinematography. If you like the films of Terrence Malick…
  • Two camera units at all times
  • Richard Wright, the production designer, had a budget of $700
  • Mainly non-actors
  • Minimal dialogue
  • Green borrowed all film equipment from the production of Dawson’s Creek (TV series) during a break in shooting
  • Cast and crew lived in the same house during the shoot
  • Cast and crew worked unpaid
  • Berlin Film Festival (2000), Toronto Film Festival (2000)

Since – All the Real Girls, Undertow, Snow Angels, Pineapple Express, Eastbound and Down (TV series)

Rotten Tomatoes (ie. aggregated critic reviews) – 82%

Have you seen it? Did you like it?


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