(Photo: Courtesy of NoCoast Artists )
as originally posted on 'The Coloradoan' by Stacy Nick Sept 10th 2014
Small film festivals and locally produced movies like "Whensday" — and its soon-to-be shot follow-up — show that Fort Collins is ready for its closeup, say local filmmakers.
The landscape of film in Fort Collins is definitely changing, according to filmmaker and Fort Collins Horror Film Festival co-organizer Andrew Schneider.
A member of the Fort Collins film production company NoCoast Artists, Schneider knows a little something about making movies on the cheap. NoCoast's debut feature film "Whensday" was made for $3,000 using local actors and community members and locations on loan from surrounding businesses.
Thanks to the availability of lower-cost, higher-quality film-making equipment, filmmakers don't need to be tied to New York and Los Angeles to create their masterpieces, Schneider said, adding: "Now they can load up their pickup truck with all the tools they need to make their fully produced film."
Businesses and sponsors are beginning to sign on to projects like "Whensday" because they realize that it benefits them to be associated with these projects, Schneider said. But it wasn't easy.
"We had to knock on a lot of doors to generate that kind of excitement," he said.
Up next for NoCoast is a post-apocalyptic Western musical, which Schneider is careful to point out is not a musical with Western-style music but a Western film with music.
While the script is still being penned, the "Whensday" follow-up looks at Fort Collins' future after fracking.