The Story Behind FIB
In the summer of 2005, frustrated by navigating the murky waters of independent film production without a solid guide, producer Ryan Harper met with producer Jay Holben and discussed the idea of creating a resource that offered all of the nitty-gritty details about feature film production; the stuff you couldn’t get in books or find online. He wanted to create a place where people could go to find answers to the most esoteric questions about indie film production. After that meeting, the two began to formulate a plan to create FILMMAKER IN A BOX.
Two years later, in the winter of 2007, a team of filmmakers armed with a hundred thousand dollars and years of on the job experience set out to make a low budget feature in Los Angeles. Holben, who was one of the producers of 2 Million Stupid Women invited an embedded behind-the-scenes crew to document the making of the film from its inception to its premiere. This would become the first intensive case study in the FILMMAKER IN A BOX series.
The People Behind FIB
RYAN HARPER made his start in Hollywood as a production manager for Propaganda films and in-house director Michael Bay. He produced the 2006 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominee Steel City starring John Heard (Home Alone) and America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) the film was released theatrically to rave reviews in 2007 before arriving on DVD in the spring of ’08 and on Showtime in 2009.
He is the founding partner of Your Half Pictures, which has served as production company and distributor for a number of films including 30 Miles, On the Doll, Stealing Martin Lane and the Sean Penn documentary Witch Hunt.
Harper is also co-owner of Anarchy Post, an audio post-production facility in Glendale, CA.
JAY HOLBEN is an award-winning producer and director whose works include the Stephen King adaptation, Paranoid, the New York Post favorite Hunger, the multi-award winning thriller Descent and the feature films, Mothman, Barfighter, and the Documentary, CamGirls. 2 Million Stupid Women is his fourth feature film as a producer. Holben was also a consultant on the first season of Showtime’s Dexter and a second-unit director on Cinemax’s series Femme Fatales.
As a director of photography, Holben has photographed feature films, shorts, commercials and music videos.
Additionally, Holben has written for The Hollywood Reporter, is the technical editor for DV magazine, and is a frequent contributing writer and former technical editor for American Cinematographer magazine. He is also the author of A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Lighting for Digital Video on (Almost) No Budget.