Dust: Kickstarting Guerilla Film Making
Step aside Hollywood with your over inflated feature flops and creative accounting practices. A new generation of talent is rising to make incredible films on a used car budget through the help of kickstarter.com and their communities. Enter Dust by Ember Lab. It’s a short film about a deadly new plaque linked to a mysterious dust that is devastating the countryside around Kabe, the world’s oldest city. Irezumi (Masashi Odate), a Tracker, living in the abandoned outskirts of Kabe, is hired by a Merchant (Michael Lopez) of the city’s underground medicine trade to study the dust that has begun falling on their city. With the city on the verge of lock-down, the two embark on a dangerous journey into the countryside in search of the source.
Filming of Dust began in October 2010 with an 11-day shoot in the southern island of Shikoku, Japan. The guerrilla-style crew hauled film equipment up mountain paths, across vine bridges and through bamboo forest trails. While Ember Lab paid for the location costs, equipment and stage rental; the creative heart of the project artist designers, animators and film makers, actors have all given their time and talent without financial compensation. Check out the trailer below and see the future of film making.