Thanks! Yeah, it was originally just a small Kickstarter project that a good friend was getting off the ground. The 3 or 4 of us that have been working on it for the last year and a half are in the business but looking for something we could own.
The budget was around $65,000 (after Kickstarter fees), but we've been given a lot of great help from companies like Panavision and JinglePunks. If we had to pay for everything we were given for little to no cost we would have been spending easily $250K. Silver Scream FX (multiple Adult Swim shows) came up from Atlanta to do all the zombie work. The last piece to fall into place for the shoot was the boat - only a couple of days before the scene was shot!
Sam & Mattie wrote the whole script, but they also improvised about 25% of the dialogue on set. Some things just worked better in the moment. The camera crew was mostly out of NY - people we've worked with on commercial/feature projects in the past and were willing to take a pay cut for a fun few weeks. We shot 16 out of 18 days during a very hot stretch of August in Providence, RI and the surrounding area. We shot 2K on the Arri Alexa with vintage Panavision glass. That was a dream.
We're starting our festival run now after a successful hometown premiere last week. The boys are even going to be on Conan this Thursday, 7/14! No wide release or distribution plans formalized yet, but we're hoping to meet some big players at festivals.
After that we'll attempt to get the making of documentary completed by end of year or early 2017.
A good write-up from this past weekend on the whole project: www.boston.com/culture/entertainment/2016/07/09/sam-and-mattie