UPDATED: WINNER! Indie movie shot on Canon HDSLR “LIKE CRAZY” sold to Paramount for $4 million

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UPDATE 1/30/2010 – Sundance gave the U.S. Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize to “Like Crazy” and Special Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic Competition went to Felicity Jones for her performance in “Like Crazy”

From the festival awards blog:

Winner of the U.S. Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize:

Like Crazy, directed by Drake Doremus.
Doremus, out of breath and in a valentine pink dress shirt says, “This movie is about love, and about love never dying. Your first love will never leave you. It hasn’t left me and it’s with me here tonight.” At the last second he remembers to add, “Oh, and thank you to Paramount Pictures for buying the movie.”

Winner of the Special Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic Competition:

Felicity Jones for her performance in Like Crazy.
Ferrera says Jones' performance “reminds us of why we fall in love in the first place. If you don’t know her name, you will soon,” says Ferrera. With Jones not in attendance – she’s working in England – director Drake Doremus emotionally accepts the award on her behalf.

And in case you missed the post: “Hell and Back Again” by Danfung Dennis wins Sundance WORLD CINEMA GRAND JURY PRIZE – DOCUMENTARY

original post (Jan 24, 2011 @ 22:00) continues:

Here's a wow – an Indie movie shot on a Canon 7D modified for PL lenses by HotRod Cameras called “LIKE CRAZY” that was just shown at the Sundance film festival has been sold to Paramount for $4 million!

Yes, $4 million!

We were contacted by Hollywood-DI – the company that graded the movie – and they sent us this info – thanks Neil Smith! Neil also forwarded us a link to a review of the movie in case you want to know more about it. There isn't a website for the movie itself.

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Press Release

UPDATE: I was contacted by John Guleserian (the DP on the movie) who told me the PR we posted was a rough draft and not the final version… we're removing the old one until we can get the proper text.


Like Crazy - Canon HDSLR movie

Like Crazy - Canon HDSLR movie


A complex exploration of the fragility of first love, LIKE CRAZY chronicles the tumultuous romance between Jacob (Anton Yelchin), an American college student, and Anna (Felicity Jones), a British citizen studying in Los Angeles. When Anna must return to the UK upon graduation, she makes the fateful decision to remain with Jacob and overstay her student visa. Consequently barred from the country, Anna finds she and Jacob forced to negotiate their commitment from afar.
As months and even years pass, the thorny territory of a long-distance relationship proves to take its emotional toll on the young lovers. His visits tend to complicate matters, and their once tight bond begins to emotionally unravel as jealousies and miscommunications fracture an already delicate arrangement. Yet, the strength of their love lingers, forcing them to make difficult decisions about their future together.

Directed by Drake Doremus, and written by Doremus and Ben York Jones, Like Crazy also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Charlie Bewley, Alex Kingston, Oliver Muirhead, Finola Hughes, Chris Messina, Ben York Jones and Jamie Thomas King.
For more information on director, Drake Doremus, contact United Talent Agency, David Flynn on 310 273 6700.
For more information on Super Crispy Entertainment call Jonathan Schwartz on 310 453 4545.

About Hollywood-DI

Located on the The Lot in West Hollywood, California, Hollywood-DI provides screening and digital finishing services for studios and independent filmmakers worldwide. The facility’s centerpiece is the versatile Fairbanks Theater, a 33-seat screening room that offers a Barco 2k DLP projector and a 35mm Simplex projector in a precision-calibrated DI environment. Offering a full RGB 4:4:4 workflow plus a complete range of 2K, 4k and HD editing and color correction tools, Hollywood-DI helps independent filmmakers ‘get the most from post’. To see color-corrected digital footage or to discuss the benefits of our ‘collaborative post’ approach, please call us at 323 850 3550.

Visit www.hollywooddi.com for more information on our HDSLR, RED and ARRI workflows and the ’collaborative post’ approach.

$4 million! Congratulations to everyone involved! What would you do if your indie was sold for that much?

(cover photo credit: snap from the PR showing some of the actors)

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  1. Who said you can’t make a real movie with an HDSLR? One important thing, it is not only that a movie should look good and profesional, you get that with HDSLR’s, but you should also HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, and that sells.


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  3. Congratulations to Director Drake Doremus, Ladies and Gentleman the revolution has begun, this is the Indie cinema moment. Lets take advantage of it.

  4. I wonder what their budget was?
    Very cool to see the little guys being picked up.

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  6. Story is important but looking like a professional movie is also important when a distributor is spending money. If Like Crazy looked like the Sundance movie Once [my favorite of 2007] the offer probably would have been $875,000 instead of $4-million!

    I saw the movie at Sundance on the biggest screen, and the movie looked better than movies at Sundance shot on 35mm. They used a Hot Rod 7D-PL camera. Hot Rod made tweets about the movie @ twitter.com/HotRodCameras

    1. What I saw looked like a 7D, definitely not like 35mm. Well done still for getting the sale. I’d say they’d have made twice as much if it did look like film.

      1. Well, I guess your the only one that doesn’t think so…

        You should get a hold of all those professional DPs that say otherwise. You obviously have a better eye and are more in-tune with images. Thank you for blessing us with you’re astute knowledge.

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