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How To Make The Indiest Indie Movie Ever
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How To Make The Indiest Indie Movie Ever | 7. Say
7. Say "So Long" To The City

Key characteristic: Out of towniness.

Additional, optional characteristics: Majestic woodlands, deserts, savannah-like plains, highways, byways, suburban areas of relatively obscure cities anything that isn't too conventional.

Though of course you’re welcome to set your story in major cities like New York or LA, bonus points will be awarded for taking middle America out of its cinematic comfort zones and into somewhere even more comfortable – like, say, suburban Minnesota (Juno), Rhode Island (Dan In Real Life), Baton Rouge (Jeff, Who Lives At Home) and the San Juan Islands (Your Sister’s Sister) – to keep the film both grounded and a little quirky, location-wise.

Road trips work for this too as Away We Go, Little Miss Sunshine, Wristcutters: A Love Story, Looking For A Friend For The End Of The World and Rubin And Ed prove, although you may need unusual modes of transport for this. Think beat-up yellow VW vans to start with and allow your quirky mind to extrapolate further. Three-wheeled tandems, inflatable canoes... the choice is yours.

ps If the area you pick could include inhabitants that speak in quaint and occasionally indecipherable local accents better yet, quaint and occasionally indecipherable local patoi then this will result in fish out of water funtimes and hopefully extra hilarity will ensue.

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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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