Making Meme Part 0: Where Meme Came From

“Making Meme” is a series of blog posts about the long process of taking a project from an idea to a completed feature film. I made a lot of mistakes on the way and learned a lot of lessons, but I also had a lot of fun and got to work with a lot of wonderful people throughout the process. These posts are presented in the hopes of helping others in their struggles to make a film. – Sean Mannion, Writer/Director, Meme Where does a film about a woman looking for the creator of a homemade mashup videotape come from? It’s 2018, […]

Making Meme Part 1: Crowdfunding

“Making Meme” is a series of blog posts about the long process of taking a project from an idea to a completed feature film. I made a lot of mistakes on the way and learned a lot of lessons, but I also had a lot of fun and got to work with a lot of wonderful people throughout the process. These posts are presented in the hopes of helping others in their struggles to make a film. – Sean Mannion, Writer/Director, Meme Read this series in order from the beginning Meme began in spring 2013 as a desire to take the next […]

Making Meme Part 2: After Crowdfunding

“Making Meme” is a series of blog posts about the long process of taking a project from an idea to a completed feature film. I made a lot of mistakes on the way and learned a lot of lessons, but I also had a lot of fun and got to work with a lot of wonderful people throughout the process. These posts are presented in the hopes of helping others in their struggles to make a film. – Sean Mannion, Writer/Director, Meme Read this series in order from the beginning Meme’s Kickstarter ended unsuccessfully in October 2013. It was a bit of […]

Making Meme Part 3: Shooting on No Budget

“Making Meme” is a series of blog posts about the long process of taking a project from an idea to a completed feature film. I made a lot of mistakes on the way and learned a lot of lessons, but I also had a lot of fun and got to work with a lot of wonderful people throughout the process. These posts are presented in the hopes of helping others in their struggles to make a film. – Sean Mannion, Writer/Director, Meme Read this series in order from the beginning Carolyn Maher joining Meme was the first step to the film actually […]

Making Meme Part 4: Pre-Production

“Making Meme” is a series of blog posts about the long process of taking a project from an idea to a completed feature film. I made a lot of mistakes on the way and learned a lot of lessons, but I also had a lot of fun and got to work with a lot of wonderful people throughout the process. These posts are presented in the hopes of helping others in their struggles to make a film. – Sean Mannion, Writer/Director, Meme Read this series in order from the beginning Pre-production for Meme in some ways had been happening since the original […]

Making Meme Part 5: Production Day 1

Read this series in order from the beginning The quote of the day on the call sheet for the first day of production was: “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”—Tina Fey As we reviewed our breakdowns of the script, we had to decide what we would shoot first. Meme has a variety of locations, nothing terribly difficult to get, but arranging for any location on no budget can be difficult. The best solution seemed to be to find locations and shoot out everything we needed in them. […]

Making Meme Part 6: Production Day 2

The quote of the day for the second day of production was: “When in doubt, make funny faces.”—Amy Poehler Day Two immediately followed Day One. We shot the rest of the office scenes on Day Two, November 22nd 2014. Again we were at the conference room One Glass Video had access to. We only had two scenes to shoot but they were longer and more complicated scenes than the first day. The big scene of the day is when our lead character Jennifer finally stands up for herself against the absurd requests of her clients. It was an important one to […]

Making Meme Part 7: Production Delay

Between the second and third days of production we had a bit of a gap. Day Two was November 22nd 2014 and Day Three was January 17th 2015. We had the gap for a few reasons. First, was the holidays. That always causes havoc with scheduling, but it’s a particular hurdle when doing something on no budget. We took advantage of this gap in shooting to bring some new people on board and get some logistics worked out. During the gap Nicole Solomon joined the production as our Art Director. We needed someone to get our locations looking like what […]

Making Meme Part 8: Production Days 3 and 4

The quote of the day for the third day of production was: “The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” ―John Maynard Keynes As discussed in the previous post we had a delay between Day Two and Days Three and Four. Day Three was January 17th 2015 and Day Four was the 18th. We had two long days of relatively short scenes. We chose to focus our next block of shooting after the office scenes on scenes that took place in Jennifer and Tommy’s apartment. The apartment belonged to a long-time friend of […]

Making Meme Part 9: Production Day 5

The quote of the day for our fifth day of production was: “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.― Nora Ephron” When you’ve primarily made short films or web videos that only end up being 20 minutes long at the very most you have moments early in the production of a feature where you marvel at how much you’ve done already. You’ve already shot enough of the film that you almost have the whole arc of the story. The end feels so within reach. There’s still a long way to go you remind yourself, but look how […]