The Road to Burns | Ken Spooner

January 26, 2015 10:23 PM

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Three years ago, I was lying in bed with a terrible flu, flipping through the channels on TV to pass the time. I came across an episode of Piers Morgan Tonight featuring an independent filmmaker, Edward Burns, talking about how he made his new film, Newlyweds, on a low budget. At that point in my life, I was a senior in college and just getting my toes wet in the entertainment industry. I didn't know much about TV/Film production; I just knew that I wanted to make films and I didn't have the money to do it.

When I heard how Ed Burns made these story-driven independent films with a micro-budget, I knew I had to learn from him. From that day on, I watched his movies, listened to his podcasts, and read his screenwriting book. I did everything I could to educate myself on independent filmmaking. At the tim...

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