Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam
magicmarmot

A while back, I joined a number of LJ filmmaking communities and made some interesting connections.

In general, the LJ filmmaking community consists of indie filmmakers and wannabes who ask a lot of questions or promote their own movies, stuff like that. The traffic is pretty light overall. One in particular was pretty prolific, a guy named Phil Stevens out of Philadelphia, who as making a film called "Belowman". I helped him out with some lighting suggestions and a few other things.

Well, he finished the movie and sent me a copy. I watched it over the last couple of days.

This is one fucked-up movie.

It's not something that would play well in Peoria. There is a whole lot of blood, gore, sexual suggestivity (subtle as a chainsaw to the crotch), and a storyline that would make David Lynch proud.

It's obviously done with no budget, which is worth points in my book. There are some technical faults, mostly having to do with sound, and scenes which I would have thought better played at night were shot during the day-- which I'm sure is also a budgetary limitation.

But really, the story is oddly compelling. I don't know that I can put it into words, as it's not entirely a linear narrative, but there is a surreal charm that lurks below the surface that I can't quite describe.

If you really like David Lynch style weirdness and can get into a zero-budget production that pulls no punches, I'd say watch it.
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