The Blended Planet is the creative home of writer, director, & composer David Matthew Weese.
If you're interested in how a guy from Indiana became a one-man filmmaking machine and made a million dollar film for $8k, read on! Or you could just skip the story and check out my work...
After running a commercial media business for 15 years, I decided to explore filmmaking in 2006. Since Indiana had essentially no film industry, I had to do everything myself - from writing & directing to editing, even scoring and writing the songs.
No big deal, since I had written tons of commercial scripts, musical jingles and overseen plenty of corporate video. I didn't know at the time how unusual it was for one guy to wear all the hats!
That first filmmaking effort led to a deal creating made-for-tv and direct-to-home-video movies. I developed a reputation as a fast writer and director (often getting 30-40 setups per day) and delivering considerably more production value than budgets might suggest.
I wanted to keep making films, and I knew that a key was a make sure my distributor was making money. With that in mind, I carefully crafted 2012's "Healed By Grace" to target the buying trends of the faith & family retail marketplace. It succeeded wildly, with a 5 week theatrical run, overwhelmingly positive reviews, and a worldwide release, earning around $1M.
That's peanuts in Hollywood terms, but when you consider the film had a budget of $36,000 and an actual negative cost of $8k, that's a better than 10,000% ROI! The 2018 sequel featuring Sean Young (Ace Ventura, Blade Runner) is currently available on Amazon.
Of course, those kinds of economies are often not possible, but the takeaway is with creativity and good sense, great entertainment can always be created profitably.
That said, are you with a distributor, platform or network? Let's chat! I am always on the lookout for interesting projects.
No social media icons here! Just call 260-489-4212 - you will get my voicemail, but leave a quick message and I will get back with you promptly. - Dave