So I called a meeting with Melia, my writing partner, who would also star in the film, and Jon, our producer, who would double as the cinematographer, and told them, “Hey, let’s make a movie! I’ve got $3500.”
Jon told me $3500 sounded tight. He said, “We can make something great for $4500.”
I laughed. Producers always want more money. It’s their job to ask for more money. So we pretended the budget was $3500, and I hoped we could do it for $4000, and Jon of course was right all along.