“Monitor” – a 17 year old shoots and directs with only $4000 budget

by planetMitch3 Comments

I'm constantly being amazed by the movies the people send me that they shoot on their HDSLR especially the low budget ones and it becomes really incredible when you find out that the filmmakers are younger than 20. Here's a new 30 minute short called “monitor” from Jared Rosenthal (who is just 17), who sent us this tidbit about how he made it:

My name is Jared Rosenthal. I'm a 17 year old student filmmaker and director on a student-produced short film called Monitor, which finished shooting over the summer of 2011. The film, which we recently completed, has gathered a lot of publicity because of the quality of our work at such a young age.

You experienced film watchers will note several imperfections and sometimes the audio quality isn't as good as it could be, but please remember while you're watching this movie that this young man is only 17 years old and has put together this entire project on a small budget and even managed to find several sponsors!

(On a silly side note: most of the text of this post has been typed with Apple's speech converter in mountain lion – It's turning out to be fairly good and quite fun to use. Not to mention it's saving some typing which is causing my aging hands to ache at the end of the day)


From Joel

The film was shot on two DSLR cameras over the course of 7 days with a budget of roughly $4,000. We raised all of the money through freelance work, donations, or sponsors. Some of our sponsors included Kessler Crane, Cobra Crane, Red Giant, D|Focus, Beachtek, K-Tek, and Handy SLR.

What did you think?

So what did you think? Were you impressed by what this 17-year-old could do or is it just average? Sound off in the comments below!

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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  1. That’s an impressive body of work. Well done Joel and your colleagues. Looking forward to more from you in the years to come.

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