One of the coolest people I met at last year’s South by Southwest Festival was Ryan Robbins, co-founder of BonnieandClydeProductions, an independent film company that produces chiefly narratives and dark comedy shorts for the Web.
Ryan is the producer and behind-the-scenes coordinator while her husband Greg Robbins is the scriptwriter, director and editor. I’ve watched a number of their movie shorts over the past year and find them engaging and well produced.
Among their recent works:
• Boyce Return (29 minutes)
Says Ryan: “We do it for the love of doing it, and to get more experience. … We just decided, Hey, let’s start our own company and make our own films.” They had to raise $15,000 to $20,000 right out of college to buy cameras, light kits, gaffing equipment and the like.
As someone grounded in Silicon Valley’s start-up culture and in the world of media, I admire that perseverance.
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Ryan also has her own show on BlogTV called Ryan Robbins Live. BlogTV encourages user interaction through live chat, so “you really talk about anything from politics to sex to drugs to makeup to school — anything,” she says.
I apologize for the delay in getting this video interview up — I just finished the relaunch of jdlasica.com this weekend and hope to showcase other examples of creative people making their own media.
Interested in independent film? Take this advice from Ryan: “There’s no such thing as too small.”
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