Night & Day — Forget low-budget. Niagara Falls filmmaker Billly Horn calls himself a “no budget” filmmaker.
Under the production name of Fuse Bomb Films, in the span of 14 days and on a budget of less than $3,000 he filmed a feature length movie titled “Regulators.”
Horn is getting ready to head to Hamilton this weekend to speak on a panel of indepenedent filmmakers at the digital convention called ConBravo!, but he took a few moments to answer some questions about his latest film, “The Regulators.”
QUESTION: No budget? Billy, that’s impossible. You had to spend some money. How did you do it?
ANSWER: The majority of this film was shot on a tiny sound stage we built ourselves in our studio at the NACC, although we did also film on a horse farm in Grand Island for outdoor horse riding scenes. All of the actors were local and ranged in experience from newcomers to acting veterans such as Artie award winning actress Loraine O’Donnell.
Q: Well, you actually spent a few thousand, right?
A: Yes, that was out of pocket between me, Doug Life, my partner, and RoseMary Lorenti, my assistant at Fuse Bomb Films. When we talk to people who have done low-budget films they spend upward of $500,000 and when we tell them we made one for $3,000 they laugh at us because that’s no budget to them.
Q: What was the biggest challenge you faced?
A: We filmed our movie, due to a terrible scheduling conflict, simultaneously as Troma was filming “Nukem High” at the same time in the same building at the NACC (Niagara Arts and Cultural Center). That was awful. We tried to work around them. They were spending hundreds of thousands of dollars. But, something we could have filmed in five minutes in the hallway, we had to spend 16 hours building a set for in our room at the NACC.