Sometime late in 1999 I was planning a series of short films. An actor I approached at the time to be in one, managed to ‘somehow’ convince me into making a feature length film. “Why not?” he asked. I explained the negatives such as the lack of funding, which meant no big name cast and little to no crew, and the unlikelihood of selling the finished product. It would have to be a very, very low budget guerrilla film.
Somehow, the small amount of positives were enough for me to proceed with the project. I had the technical experience (more or less) to complete the film, the 95-180% commitment from my lead actor and cameraman and the fact that I had total creative freedom to experiment.
I eventually combined the short films into one and came up with a script entitled “The Bad Samaritan” about a unassuming and prolific serial killer having a burdensome time covering up his crimes. I prepared a shooting schedule and budgeted it at around $1000. Continue reading “Before I became a serial killer I made a film about one.”