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How To Make The Indiest Indie Movie Ever
Cute extrovert girl, meet gawky introvert boy...

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The mainstream U.S. indie movie is an amorphous kind-of-sort-of genre that’s hard to define properly. Known by many simply as “indies” – though chances are they’re not independently funded at all – they are the playground of young and pretty actors, loveable older character players and up-and-coming directors. Here then, is an attempt to nail down what it is that makes a studio-funded “indie” so “indie” and how you could go about making the perfect one yourself...

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How To Make The Indiest Indie Movie Ever | 1. Cast A Gawky Male Lead
1. Cast A Gawky Male Lead

Key characteristic: Awkwardness.

Optional characteristics: Mild depression; soulfulness; a love of obscure pop culture; clumsiness; moodiness; a fear of taking his hands out of his pockets; cynicism; a belief that no-one (good looking) will ever really understand him.

Perfect picks here include Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid And The Whale, Adventureland, Zombieland, From Rome With Love) or Michael Cera (Paper Heart, Juno, Youth In Revolt, Arrested Development), whose particular set of antisocial skills are the best in the mainstream indie business.

If you'd like a more conventionally handsome gawky male lead, consider Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days Of Summer), Orlando Bloom (Elizabethtown), Andrew Garfield (see Marc Webb’s (500) follow-up, The Amazing Spider-Man for details) and fresh-faced up-and-comer Logan Lehman, whose turn in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower has cemented his position on the gawky male lead hotlist.

Then there's John Krasinski, whose turns in The American Office, Sam Mendes' Away We Go and more make him the perfect slightly-older-but-not-too-typically-attractive gawky male lead, as well as How I Met Your Mother's (and Liberal Arts') Josh Radnor, who also fills a similar role.

Wardrobe: Cardigans, ill-fitting clothes, jumpers his mother bought him, t-shirts referencing arcane pop culture, a perma-grimace in any social context.

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1 90s
Is it just me or is the "indie" flick playing the 90s infront of people who are too young to be nostalgic? i should mention at this point that i am quite partial to "indie" flicks. And I am too young to be nostalgic. Anyway, I'm going to go and play Pokemon on my Gameboy now, while listening to to Cypress Hill and watching Star Trek: Voyager. And then make a film about it. More

Posted by sipi on Wednesday October 17, 2012, 22:20

2 What?
Ellen Page is a must for leading Lady in an Indie flick More

Posted by CambiMan on Tuesday October 16, 2012, 17:21

3 RE: Great Gerwig?
Inde films suck so much 90% of the time. More

Posted by NeoBrowser on Monday October 15, 2012, 04:46

4 Great Gerwig?
Think you might have meant Greta... Unless it was an intentional mistake commentating on her quality in Greenberg. If so hats off. If not claim it was. More

Posted by ahaig on Friday October 12, 2012, 15:01

5 Tony The Teddy Soprano
All them movis are wank, everyone of them. They are all Junos. eXCPET Where The Wild Things Are. The most un-child friendly child movie i ever seen in my life. And the best movie from the past 10 years. Cataclysmically underlooked. More

Posted by burtbondy on Friday October 12, 2012, 10:47

6 E B
With Adjustment Bureau it's more that she's the pretty girl that takes the bored man out of his humdrum existence type thing... More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Friday October 12, 2012, 09:10

7 Todd VanDerWerff Strikes Again
I dont think even he knew Manic Pixie Dream Girl would enter the lexicon so solidly... Dang... I love his blog too. So yeah. Interesting list. More

Posted by kisswithatear on Friday October 12, 2012, 04:06

8 Adjustment Bureau - 'indie'?!
Hardly, I would argue. Unless you're just putting it there just for info on roles that Emily Blunt has played, in which case I apologise. More

Posted by polkadotty5 on Friday October 12, 2012, 01:40

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Is this supposed to be part of your "Indy" week, you punning japesters...? More

Posted by JamieNC on Thursday October 11, 2012, 17:10

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