It was five days before Richard Dresser's play "Wonderful World" would open at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago, and director Paul Cotter had the day off. It was Sunday, August 15th and Cotter spent the day shooting the short that would land him in the Sundance Film Festival. Cotter borrowed a friend's DV camera and shot five scenes that day, exploring five different uses of the word "god" by five different characters on Estes Avenue, where he was living.
"Two hours for each of the five vignettes would mean a ten hour shooting day," Cotter said. "That gave me a couple of hours to grab some B-Roll, and I knew I would have the film".
With editorial, the film was completed in two weeks at total cost of $122.00. "The most expensive thing was the taxi. I had to hire a cab. Otherwise with the total tape stock at $14.00 and two burritos for my crew at $8, it was a very inexpensive film to shoot".
A British native, Cotter splits his time between London and the United States. His 2002 short, "Jeff Farnsworth" sold to HBO last year and has been in regular rotation on the cable channel. "Farnsworth" also landed Cotter in the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival. His second short, "Last Hand Standing" advanced him to the final five for a million-dollar production deal with Universal Studios. Through the Chrysler contest, Cotter wrote the feature script, "Caramel", the story of a woman cop pursuing two escaped boys from Oregon to Mexico. Doug Liman, who produced "The Bourne Identity" and "Swingers" has signed as executive producer and is developing "Caramel" with producer Stella Nwimo of Riverchild Films.
Reprinted in part from the article
Ed Koziarksi, ReelChicago.Com
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