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Independent producer opens a window on the filmmaking process

This article was written by Richard Verrier.

“About 40 film crew members and actors are crowded into a small Brentwood apartment, taking a short break in the middle of a 12-hour shoot for an independent feature film called “Grooming Giselle.”

One of the actors is slumped in a chair rehearsing his lines, another is munching on a bowl of cereal on the front porch that has been converted into a makeshift concession area. A third actor, dressed in drag, is strutting across the small living room in nothing but pink underwear. He is joking with the makeup artist about the painful wax job she just gave him.

Normally, such behind-the-scenes banter would be off limits to movie audiences or maybe only available in the bonus features of a DVD.

But the producers of this ultra-low-budget romantic comedy about a deadbeat actor and his sister who becomes mixed up with the mob took an unorthodox approach: They decided to turn the cameras on themselves, using a live video stream to let viewers watch the production from beginning to end and interact with the film’s cast and crew through a chat room.”

Read the rest of this article from LA Times.

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