The Buskers & Lou is a good old fashion homegrown no budget DIY feature that will be shot around Portland in the very near future. The movie is, in a way, a love story to Portland and all it’s eccentricities, as seen by an outsider who is caught up in Portland’s transition from a neat little artist community into an actual fully realized city.
Like my last movie, I’m On Fire, we are going scriptless — no formal screenplay, just a series of story beats jotted down on some index cards. Shot like a reality show, edited like a documentary, and presented as a narrative feature, this format allows for unique and unexpected character interactions and plot developments. We know Plot Points A and Z and a handful in between, but we’re allowing the rest to develop naturally during production. Unlike I’m On Fire — which was an amazing run-and-gun, shoot first and ask questions later* experience — we are actually putting time and effort into planning and organizing. (And this time around, I expect to have the luxury of both a Sound Mixer AND a video monitor, as well as more than 4 and a half days to shoot.)
I have brought on two awesome co-producers to help manage the workload, we have a talented DP attached to shoot it, we’ve scheduled our casting sessions and crew interviews, we’ve scouted our locations, made our equipment list, and we’re keeping a close eye on our film festival submission dates. We’re moving quickly and will be ready to shoot in a manner of weeks.
Remember to check back here regularly to see how the production is moving along, and if you feel like chipping in, we will have a donations page up shortly.
Alex Cassun, director-producer.
* Questions such as, “How are we going fix this in post?”