If you’re a movie lover, chances are you’ve watched some behind the scenes bits of making of videos. Maybe you’ve seen a documentary on a film you like. But have you ever wondered what an indie filmmaker has to go through? Is movie making as glamorous as we think it could be?
Fantasia XXIV Review: Justin McConnell’s CLAPBOARD JUNGLE Defies Conventions With Exemplary Lessons In Survival
Independent filmmaker Justin McConnell dives into more than plenty of that time in his new documentary, Clapboard Jungle, dating back to his early teens, all leading up to the near-twenty year period in his professional career, from his heyday as a curious up-and-comer with bare bones equipment and a skeleton crew, to a notable film director whose preliminary successes with earlier projects are still only stepping stones toward the pinnacle he’s striving for in his career. Within the first minute and change, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro takes the lead in summing up exactly what the viewer is in for, seconds before McConnell cites what he says are three things you should never do as a filmmaker. It sets the viewer up as McConnell begins sharing his backstory, chronicling from what he describes as his lowest point of the past decade and onward, as he struggled to get his projects off the ground following the release of his 2011 zero budget thriller, The Collapsed.