• Eric DelaBarre
LIONS GATE FILMS2018-08-10T15:15:22-07:00

Project Description

My work with Lion’s Gate Films is a storied adventure and one I’ll never soon forget as a filmmaker.  Low budget filmmaking is always an adventure.  In this case, it was an adventure worth taking.  While I made it out financially unscathed and in one case, securing a six figure profit, the content I created wasn’t the best.  The desire to shoot something should always come, as Walter Parkes from Parkes/MacDonald and Dreamworks, once said, ‘starts with the script.’

low budget filmmakingMy first film, Kate’s Addiction, was made from the head space of “what will sell” to distributors.  After receiving a Best Director award for my first commercial, Stop The Cycle for the American Lung Association, I wrote a thriller about a fatal attraction between two girlfriends.  Maxing out 22 credit cards, I negotiated my way through the adventure of gorilla filmmaking.  Shooting on film and two loaned cameras from Panavision, I shot an entire feature in 18 days.  18 days for a full length feature on location?  Normally, a film with this kind of budget, a whopping $78,000, would be shot in one location.  Not me.  I went for it and risked a financial meltdown.

Missing the deadline for Sundance, I entered the very next film festival to see if I could make my money back.  That festival was The Newport Beach Film Festival.  I not only won the festival, but I sold the film to Lions Gate Films and Saban International the week following my win at Newport.  The film would go on to net $4.1M in Domestic TV sales alone.

Not a bad return in such a risky environment of independent filmmaking.  Most indie films never sell and become a very expensive calling card.  Thankfully for me, that wasn’t the case for me.

selling your filmMy second job with Lions Gate Films was a total disaster and huge learning experience.  The film should have never been made.  The reason again, was written from my head and not my heart.  I ignored the warning signs and kept going despite my better judgement.  The script was a mess and desperately needing a rewrite or, better yet…a complete re-think.

I, again, am to blame because I ignored my higher consciousness that was screaming at me to stop.  Thankfully, after a painful capital raise, the film sold.  I actually think the film hurt my career than doing it any good.  Lesson learned.  I would never again ignore my inner voice.

This would mark the last time I write about crime and punishment.  I am a better person for it, because I now choose to make content that enhances the lives of those who watch it, or read it.  Simply, I am not great when telling stories of murder, mayhem and the lowest frequency of human behavior.