Monday, July 8, 2013
This inspired Scorsese to make a film about his own experiences growing up in Little Italy. The budget was around 300K and raised independently. The film was released by Warner Brothers and was well received by most critics, and has become one of the most original American films ever.
So for all you first time feature filmmakers, make something personal! Write/direct something you are passionate about. The biggest mistake is to try and make something you think will earn a ton of money. Don't think this way. If you're passionate about the story, good chance maybe we will be too.
And be lean and mean. Few locations. Small cast and crew. Keep it simple.
Here's a link to the script. Read it, it's great:
MEAN STREETS script