Sundance and Film Festival darling, Like Crazy, opened in New York and Los Angeles this weekend to sold out houses. The film, which features a breakout performance by Felicity Jones, has a budget of under $1 million and was shot over twenty two days. The actors improvised most of the dialogue working off a fifty page treatment by writer/director Drake Doremus.
I had the pleasure of seeing Like Crazy last week at the Austin Film Festival and was captivated not only by the story (and the two leads), but by the sure handed style of Doremus’ direction. It’s not easy shooting any film, but when you’re working against time and with a minuscule budget, the challenges are infinitely greater. Doremus, clearly shooting guerrilla style in some scenes, made the most of every shot and got his story told in an economical 90 minutes.
The Weinstein Company has plans to expand Like Crazy into more cities over the next few weeks. If you’re a fan of indie film, you shouldn’t miss it.
From the interview:
Doremus: We shot somewhere around 3 hours a day. We just wrapped a film that I just shot this summer yesterday at 4 pm in New York. I was shooting for the past 2 months with Felicity again, who is the lead in it. We wrapped at 4 pm and we just got here last night. So we just did it again. We shot about 4 hours a day on that and on Like Crazy it was about 3. I mean, we shoot everything. I think about 2% of what we shoot ends up in the movie. We could cut 5 different versions of the movie just because there is so much footage. The camera is always rolling, even when they are in between takes and they are just hanging out. It is like I am shooting everything. It is 360 degrees and they constantly have to be in character. Everything has to be functioning as an engine so that any moment that comes up we can capture it and steal it. The editing process is really difficult because it is like killing babies. There are so many things that I want to put in the movie and I couldn’t just because it didn’t move the story forward or it didn’t work at 90 minutes. But it is a very exhilarating process because you are rewriting the film. It is like the third writing stage because you are just completely rewriting the movie. You are deciding what is going to go in and what is not. It is really fun and I love it.