Low budget case study #2 – George Washington

Low budget case study #2 – George Washington

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?


2 Replies to “Low budget case study #2 – George Washington”

  1. I love that Green made a beautiful looking film, set in a variety of exterior locations. Most low budget films (for various reasons) shoot on digital in a single room. I’m not opposed to digital. I’m not opposed to shooting in one location. But it’s refreshing that this film did neither.
    Weird move to Pineapple Express later on in his career?! Not a bad film. Just so different.

  2. Great film and looks beautiful too. A great example of why it’s important for low budget movies to shoot on 35mm film and with a talented cinematographer.

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