I first met Mike Carroll about a year into my own attempt at becoming a filmmaker. He came out and did a story for KCRA 3 on a feature film that I was camera operator on. I never saw the story but I remember my mom calling and leaving a frantic message on my voicemail that she had seen me on the news. You have to love moms. Without my mom, I don’t think I would have any fans. But I digress.
After the feature wrapped, I came across Mike’s first “one man” film, Year. I was blown away. Here was an excellent film, shot on the same camera that I owned (a DVX-100B), on a very small budget, by one person. I emailed Mike, and he was very cool and down to earth. He was very forthcoming and helpful with advice. We stayed in touch, he sent me the script for his second feature, Nightbeats before he started shooting it, and he even had me out to shoot some behind the scenes for Nightbeats (part of the making of Nightbeats is here). Both Year and Nightbeats are available on Amazon.
Mike recently released a book on his “one man” filmmaking process called Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 Or Less. I haven’t got a chance to check the book out yet, but it is available on Amazon.com. See the video below for an interview with Mike about the book on KCRA Channel 3.
Also, Mike is leading a Sacramento Filmmaker- Cameraman Meetup on Sunday, June 27th on the west steps of the capitol, with the goal of people bringing their cameras or interest in cameras and sharing information. Go to his website nakedfilmmaking.com for more information.