- The Father and The Bear
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The Father and The Bear
Creative Movies Come from the Heart, Not the Budget
What really leaves a lasting impression is when a project is done that sticks with you weeks, even months, after you’ve seen it.
The Father and The Bear isn’t John Putch’s (Putchfilms) first venture in the micro–budget scene. He’s done five that have racked up an impressive number of film festival awards around the globe. His Route 30 Trilogy of films has garnered 47 festival awards while the cult Mojave Phone Booth nabbed 15 awards over its 51 official FF selections.
Ever since his first micro–budget film, Mojave Phone Booth, Putch follows a strict set of Indie filmmaking rules:
• The budget can’t exceed $100,000
• The crew is limited to eight
• Actors are responsible for their own wardrobe, appearance
• All the equipment must fit in one car and one SUV
• The film must be shot in less than 18 days
The Father and The Bear was shot in central Pennsylvania where he grew up; and when you watch it, you know it was a love affair, not just a movie.
First, it centers on Byron Temple a retired character actor diagnosed with dementia who wants to do summer theater one last time. That made it even more personal for Putch since his mother suffered from the same disease.
Wil Love is great as Temple.
He’s everyone’s father who draws you into his struggle and makes you understand the disease, its effects, and the frustration/helpless feelings of those around him.
“Big budget projects rely on big names, elaborate special effects and an obscene marketing budget,” Putch explained. “We relied on the tools every Indie filmmaker can use and the creative talents of all of the artists involved – producers, directors, writers, actors and sound people— as well as the location to focus on the story.”
For the film, which almost feels like a personalized documentary, he stitched in archival footage of hundreds of shows his father, Bill Putch, directed at the nearly 70–year–old theater.
Working as his own editor, he locked the picture down in four weeks. Composing took 10 weeks, sound mix was a three–day affair and there was one day of color work at Burbank’s CCI Digital.
For the production phase, Putch used a OWC 4TB ThunderBay mini and 4TB OWC–certified Thunderbolt hard drives and what he calls a HD toaster dock.
The dock enables him to add and remove drives for maintaining multiple drive backups, cloning a hard drive or providing extra storage.
He uses new OWC hard drives for every film project because he feels reusing/overwriting a drive is a false savings and isn’t a risk that even the Indie film maverick wants to take.
He keeps the drive sets separate, just in case something happens.
Putch has been following the same archiving process since he produced “Mojave Phone Booth.”
For distribution, Putch feels Vimeo On Demand is the real sleeper in streaming services.
“They provide a fair split for the film producer/owner, they do an accurate job of tracking views and they do a good job of protecting your content from pirates,” he noted. “Protection may not be 100 percent but then even HBO and Netflix can have their stuff stolen. Vimeo just seems to care about the filmmaker.”
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