Conversation with Micah Moore Rick Burnett and Brian Lee of Beat Down Boogie Part 1
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Beat Down Boogie is a collection of talented filmmakers from North Carolina that are showcasing their love for making films they enjoy and building an online audience. They are also a bunch of great people that I’m so happy to call friends. I’m so happy to include Micah Moore (Creative Director, Writer, Shooter, Editor, Producer), Rick Burnett (Technical Director, Shooter, VFX, Producer, Music & Audio) and Brian Lee (Lead Actor, Stunt Coordinator) in the conversation. I have a history with all of them and hope you enjoy the talk.
About Beat Down Boogie from their site
Before we were BDB, we were just a few guys making short films together. We made flicks about killer toasters, evil snowmen, and the epic struggle between ninjas and pirates.
One day we decided to make feature films. We learned a lot about filmmaking, but we weren’t happy with the traditional distribution system. Nobody cared what the audience wanted to see. Everything had to be tailored for investors, middlemen, and distributors. Those guys determined what the audience was allowed to see.
We didn’t like that. Making films for the approval of industry suits wasn’t fun. We wanted to be connected to the audience. We wanted the fun back.
We decided to return to our roots – guerrilla filmmaking. During our time spent on feature films, some amazing and affordable cameras came out. We grabbed some 7d’s and started goofing around. Before we knew it we were shooting Modern War Gear Solid.
The decision to leave traditional filmmaking has been rewarding. Our Beat Down Boogie videos have been enjoyed by millions!