Hey Reddit!

At the start of this summer, I released Island, a feature film made entirely alone over six months. I am the film's director, writer, cinematographer, actor, editor, sound guy, you name it. It tells the story of a man lost at sea who washes up onto a tiny island. The full film is free to watch, alongside three other features I've done on my Vimeo.

Here is the trailer - https://vimeo.com/327642648

Here is Island - https://vimeo.com/327132957

Here is a poster - https://i.imgur.com/bVsL4qW.jpg

If you're feeling brave, skip the trailer and go in completely blind for the optimal experience! It runs a brisk 69 minutes.

For Island's release, I created this promo "Make a Movie and I'll Watch it!" - https://vimeo.com/342167833

In the promo I encourage filmmakers to make their own full length movies and if they do please send them to me! I will watch your movies that are 40 minutes+ (I would do shorts as well but then I'd have everyone and their mother sending me shorts, but by all means make some shorts!)

Proof: https://imgur.com/a/xBpbLNX

Ask me anything!


It's been amazing answering questions, I didn't expect such a huge response! I'll stick around and keep answering throughout the coming days.

And thank you to everyone who gave Island a chance. It really means a lot. I was so glad to hear it resonated with some people.

If you wanna keep up with my work, I make weekly short films over on YouTube, some of the best ones feature my dad who is the funniest person I know - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVIFCOJwv3emlVmBbPCZrvw

Honestly, make a movie! It's possible so cheap nowadays and so independently! And please send me it when you do! There's nothing I love more than watching homemade movies free of corporate baloney!

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madamerimbaud2228 karma

Hi Joel!

Do you remember drawing comics with your brother at your dad's house on the lake? Do you remember when I tried to make Mac and cheese in the microwave and it failed miserably?

Xoxo Your former babysitter

lmaocarrots1218 karma

Amazing, small world!

That was a long time ago! I've lived through many failed macaronis since.

Hope all is well! :)

yousonuva44 karma

Hey Joel! Remember when I peed in your Gatorade and you never knew about it? Xoxo your 11th grade phys ed teacher Mr Clarke

z64dan15 karma

How would he even remember if he never knew about it? Geez

GMaestrolo8 karma

Joel knew.

And he liked it.

lmaocarrots9 karma

Mr. Clarke's pee got me through long days and long nights.

polyjeans357 karma

hey joel!

why didn't you release it on your youtube channel?

i'll watch it when i get home, looking forward to it!

i'm a fan btw.

lmaocarrots353 karma

Wow! I wasn't under the impression I had fans!

That's actually a very good question that I wish I had a good answer to. By all means I prefer YouTube as a platform, it feels less exclusive than Vimeo and also you don't have to pay which is always a big plus. For my first few features I told myself it was because of YouTube's rights policy. They essentially get and retain the same rights you have over whatever you upload and Vimeo doesn't, but at the end of the day what's Google going to do with my free no budget movies?

For the time being I tell myself it's to differentiate my content, the same audience that'll watch a goofy short might not be in for a strange personal feature. Maybe soon I'll dump all four of my features onto my channel, we'll see!

As you can tell this is something I've mulled over quite a bit, haha

Much love!

polyjeans104 karma

Yikes! Was not aware of that feature of their rights policy.

You got a pateron or something?

lmaocarrots139 karma

Yeah, it's a little fishy, also had my channel terminated once for no reason and had to jump through hoops to get it fixed. At the very least, the fact that I do pay for Vimeo offers me the comfort of knowing I'm a paying customer so I'm not so easily expendable.

I do! Here it is! https://www.patreon.com/joelhaver

I just added some fun reward tiers where people can name characters and submit dialogue that'll have to be used in an upcoming short! Am gonna make an announcement video for them once my channel grows a little more!

polyjeans22 karma

Just got home and finished the film.

Reminds me so much of me at 22 after having broke up with the girl i dated since i was 14.

Just that isolation and loneliness you can feel surrounded by tons of ppl.

The wierd little unimportant things that can make you break down.

And the fucking awkwardness.

Sooo glad to be 32 and not in my 20's anymore. You really took me back to that time though. Thanks, asshole. Lmao!

lmaocarrots14 karma

Very well put! You hit the nail on the freaking head!

It's scary how accurate you are in your description, down to the age, I'm 23 now but was 22 up until the last day of filming.

Glad to have knocked you back down to my level for a bit, haha

Much love for checking it out and giving it your time!

tautologies141 karma

You seem to be the right kind of crazy. I am just a few minutes in, but the seagull is hilarious.

What made you make this movie?

lmaocarrots150 karma

I might just be crazy! Glad you enjoy him, he gave a wonderful performance!

There are many answers to that question, and some lie somewhere in the movie! But one answer I like to give is that it is the anti-Cast Away. I made this movie at a very lonely time in my life. When a big Hollywood movie like Cast Away tries to tell the story of a lonely struggle, it feels thematically disingenuous. We know very well that Tom Hanks had personal assistants, a trailer and a big paycheck, the struggle is manufactured. As a filmmaker, I believe that in order to make a truthful movie the product should be synchronous with the process. I took that line of thought to a logical extreme and decided to make a movie about loneliness from a lonely place in a very lonely way.

If you wind up finishing the film I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Solid_SAm16 karma

Interesting. Have you seen Swiss Army Man?

lmaocarrots18 karma

I have! Fun stuff! Didn't leave a lasting impact on me, but I appreciate the original concept and execution.

SlimTidy4 karma

I’m laying here watching Frasier on Netflix and reading this post. As I’m reading this comment in particular and am about 1/2 way through it Daphney says to her mother “what are you doing, I thought you rented cast away”. Crazy coincidence!

lmaocarrots11 karma

Frasier is always one step ahead of me and I will live my life in his shadow.

Noshamina-54 karma

...cast away was a masterpiece in film don't go knocking it there.

lmaocarrots52 karma

I am not saying lying makes a film bad! Lying is intrinsic to storytelling and all of the best films do it!

Film making is the only medium that is able to capture reality as it occurred and play it back, making it's ability for truth incredibly powerful. Film is always lies and always truth, in that, what you're watching actually happened. Tom Hanks is not actually on an island, but he pretended to be and we are watching him pretend. And simply I am most interested in works where the pretending is minimized, or when pretending is happening it doesn't disguise itself as truth and admits to it's own artifice.

Jackandahalfass1 karma

I’m intrigued because I was very excited to see Castaway, and when I finally did, it seemed like his life on the island was a very small portion of it. I wanted a real look at a life stranded on an island alone. Perhaps your film can be the one.

lmaocarrots1 karma

For sure! Cast Away is very much about his experience post-island as well. If you watch Island you might draw the further parallels! Though my film is very far away from a real look at it, haha! Steer clear if you're looking for a realistic survival movie!

KuntaStillSingle86 karma

Have you considered doing a poster where all the review quotes are also by Joel Haverland?

lmaocarrots93 karma

That's a good idea, works well with the themes and process!

"Made me cry and I made it!" - Joel Haver

KuntaStillSingle59 karma

Sorry i'm a bit baked right now just noticed I made your name longer lol

lmaocarrots46 karma

It's okay, I liked it

Mr0lsen45 karma

I dont know if Joel Haverlanderson will fit on the poster.

Badvertisement28 karma

I think you're right, O'Haverlanderson might be too long

KuntaStillSingle19 karma

Yeah it'd be real struggle to fit MacO'Haverlandserson on the poster, you are right.

matt_the_mediocre10 karma

We'll have to go landscape to fit McCor macO'Haverlandserson on the poster.

lmaocarrots34 karma

Please McCor macO'Haverlandsersonville was my father, call me Joe

adam126040 karma

So you've made films before, were those all by yourself also? Have you ever worked with/over someone such as getting another actor or cameraman? If you haven't, why not?

lmaocarrots52 karma

I've been making films since I was a wee lad! Me appearing in my own work is a very new development from the last two years, for nearly fifteen years I always had friends, family and actors in front of the camera. My first two features I'm not in at all minus a cameo in 31 Days in Marshall, North Carolina.

Island is a very unique case where I had no help whatsoever, I've often had friends help out with camera and sound!

I'd chalk it up to me going through a very introspective time in my life! Once I figure myself out it might shift back, or maybe I never will and I'm doomed to a life of observing myself like a lab rat through a camera, haha

iamtrollhearmeroar27 karma

How'd you learn the skills necessary to perform all of those functions? Did someone teach you to film/edit/etc. or did you learn online?

lmaocarrots56 karma

I did go to film school, but that is something I wouldn't encourage anyone to do!

I don't believe a classroom is the right environment to learn something as hands on and creative as film. The best way to learn is simply by doing it. I spent a year between 2015 and 2016 making a short film every week as a challenge to myself. This was not only a self imposed bootcamp in the technical aspects, but also got me really good at not overthinking stuff and just getting things done. If you're able to set any sort of metric for yourself, it doesn't even have to be so intense (try a film every two weeks or a month even), I find it really helps.

The second best way to learn is just by watching movies, expose yourself to a wide array of films from different countries from different decades! I got into the Criterion collection in high school and they're a surefire way to find some amazing movies that'll expand how you view the medium.

However, being in college does allow you a big safety net to experiment and hone your craft amidst other filmmakers. Meeting people and collaborating was definitely the biggest takeaway for me. If you do go to film school, make sure to utilize the time wisely so that you leave confident in your filmmaking. I watched too many people squander it and they haven't made much of anything since.

sjmiv17 karma

out of all the skills you needed to make this movie, which was the most difficult to learn and why? Congrats BTW!

lmaocarrots24 karma

My skills developed very slowly over many years of making films, so it's hard to pinpoint one that was particularly challenging rather than just necessitating time consuming practice. The biggest hump is always the final polish. I love getting an idea, I love filming that idea and I even love editing it together. But once it's together, there's dozens of hours of tweaks and audio work to be done that's just tedious. The difficult part is just realizing it's never going to be perfect, nor does it need to be, and knowing when to stop. There are countless things I could've kept doing audio-wise to make the sound richer, but once the time cost outweighs the benefits to the film, that's when I've learned to stop.

sleepyprojectionist24 karma

A few friends of mine made a low budget feature that was released five years ago yesterday. I make an appearance very briefly. We have recently been talking about writing something new. Do you have any advice on creating a film on a limited budget whilst scheduling around full time jobs and family commitments?

Here’s the film. It comes in at about 85 minutes. It’s a mockumentary about a couple of straight-to-DVD film producers who want to make a name for themselves and end up trying to make an ambitious science fiction epic (that also happens to be a porno).


lmaocarrots24 karma

Love it! I'll give it a watch sometime!

As far as advice around working around full time jobs go, I freelance and have for quite some time, so I can't really speak on it. In the case of family commitments, I'd advise trying to get your family involved! My first feature was made in my hometown with my friends and family and only cost $200 to make. Everyone from my dad, to my mom, to my brother, to my uncles acts in my stuff regularly!

Here's a goofy short I did with my dad last week - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAUk9XjidMc

Something like this kills a lot of birds with one stone! It's a fun time, it's productive towards honing your skills and growing your audience, and it's a great opportunity to bond. Making movies is one of my dad and I's favorite things to do at this point since we've done it for well over a decade! Consolidating your quality time with your creative time can make both thrive!

CurryWIndaloo17 karma

How long was the pre production of this film?

lmaocarrots32 karma

The closest thing to pre production I did on this film is the building of the set and props and that took several weeks. I'm a filmmaker that thrives in not knowing what's gonna happen and pre production serves to guarantee that you do know what's gonna happen. I did one feature with a script (Taking a Little Time to Feel Sorry for Myself), and while I'm proud of it, there was never that moment of "oh god, is this gonna work?", "am I gonna get this done?", etc. and that's where the medium really comes to life for me. Island was very much an improvised sort of visual journal where I filmed what I was compelled to film each day. If you told me at the start that this film was gonna go where it went, I would've been clueless how it would get there and I weirdly love that.

m2guru8 karma

Took me 3 months to make this music video - it’s not exactly a movie, but it’s the closest thing I’ve got to compare. Amazing job, quite impressive.

lmaocarrots4 karma

Really fun music video! Great use of still images! Keep up the good work, music was funky af as well.

Thank you! Thanks for checking it out!

Beast_Woutme16 karma

Cool film! Why did you choose a 4:3 aspect ratio? Also do you have any experience or influence by circus? The movie gives me a bit of a circus act feel, can't put my finger on what it is exactly.

Also... It is compleeeety different, but if you would have a look at this I would love to know what you think, It was also about a 6 month production time lol, but not even close to as impressive as your work

lmaocarrots17 karma

Super impressive uni-cycling man! Can tell getting that good takes awhile! It's hardly comparable, two very different things, impressive for different reasons :)

The 4:3 was a practical tool first and foremost. The way the set was set up, I didn't have much leeway for shots, and using 16:9 would've shown too much of the set, limiting me more. 4:3 allowed me more shot variety in such a confined space. If you watch the full film it also serves another purpose!

Not any circus inspiration specifically, but perhaps the ironic showman-like presentation could be related!

Sean53889810 karma

Have you ever thought about venturing into pornography?

lmaocarrots31 karma

On which side of the camera? I guess I could make the ultimate solo porn with the skills I acquired from this film.

remodelguy11015 karma

Dude. Make a film of you fucking yourself😂

lmaocarrots36 karma

Would you be upset to learn that already exists?


dagoto10 karma

Looks like I could only watch this on lsd.

Have you taken any drugs past or present?

lmaocarrots25 karma

Maybe that'd help! Most people are surprised to find out I'm straight edge, only vice I have is sugar. Everyone assumes I'm hyped up on cocaine in order to get everything I get done done, but it's usually just gummy worms.

dagoto12 karma

Sure "Sugar" same bro.

lmaocarrots7 karma


gdan957 karma

What movie would you like to remake and why?

lmaocarrots22 karma

That's an interesting question that I've never put much thought into.

If I did remake a movie it would definitely be in a similar way that Charlie Kaufman "adapted" The Orchid Thief in Adaptation, very meta and self aware and ultimately a very different product from the source material. It would probably turn into a movie about remaking disguised as a remake and how that relates to the human experience, maybe something about how we lead our lives in a compulsive, safe and repetitious way in pursuit of approval not unlike Disney remaking all their properties.

With all that said, Snow Dogs but the dogs actually talk the whole movie rather than just in the dream sequence to right that wrong from my childhood.

ReeseR287 karma

I really enjoyed the film and I am now a fan, too! Great job, bravo!

I’m still hanging on that ending... if you had to add an additional scene, would you make it so the loneliness eventually ends?

lmaocarrots11 karma

Thank you! So glad you enjoyed and it feels great to have two known fans!

That's a wonderful question. The ending has been interpreted both ways, some people leave thinking my loneliness has ended and others leave feeling it to be cyclical and never-ending. The night I filmed the final scene, I knew the movie was over. I very much found my ending. I cried in a Wendy's reviewing the footage. It'd be very difficult for me to add anything, as much as I may wish there was something to add.

Krubbis7 karma

This is awesome! I imagine making a movie completely by yourself is both freeing and limiting. What filmmaking lessons did you take away from shooting all alone?

lmaocarrots11 karma

The hardest part about making a movie alone is not telling anyone about it. I've always been secretive about my projects, but usually there are other people on board that are at least clued in that I can talk to. Until I showed a rough cut to two friends, literally no one had seen or heard anything from the project, and that screening was very intense for that reason. I still remember hitting the play button vividly, felt like opening Pandora's Box! It was a great relief that they were blown away, after so long with a project in isolation, it's hard to look at it with any objectivity. The lesson there would probably be that it's worth it.

JustARandommer7 karma


lmaocarrots12 karma

It's released as in it's out to be watched online! I still own the copyright as it's creator, so it's not public domain or anything like that! I would like to retain that ownership if I choose to ever put out a physical release.

Hyden1217 karma

Hello Joel, I enjoyed the film. What was your main inspiration behind this setting and choice for film?

lmaocarrots7 karma

Thanks for checking it out! Glad you enjoyed it!

I touched briefly upon an inspiration for the film in this thread - https://bit.ly/2Y5UkL5

It definitely came from a loneliness I was feeling and an urge to express it in an honest way. A friend of mine compared the film to a journal and I'd say that's very accurate. I tried not to operate logically and concern myself terribly with the narrative and overall project as I usually would. Instead I sought to operate wholly emotionally and film what I was compelled to film day to day without question and make sense out of it later.

myfreakinears6 karma

Do you have a set limit of how many times you'll tweak an idea or scene before you move on?

lmaocarrots8 karma

It's not a specific number of times, but I really try not to be a perfectionist. The hardest thing to learn is to be brutal about cutting stuff, I'm proud to say Island has over an hour of footage I just didn't use, which is rare for my work.

If I ever feel that I'm losing interest in a project, I know I've sat on it for too long and try to get it done and out ASAP before that flame completely dies. Usually once it's out I can look at it objectively and actually enjoy it once again.

Creating a lot of stuff and posting it without question is a great way to be less precious about your work.

Vader9788906 karma

What is your normal creative process? How do you get over writers block/burnout? Thanks:)

lmaocarrots8 karma

In short, I am very anti-planning! If I have an idea I'd rather film it right then and there than plan how to make it perfectly. Of the four features I've made, only one had a script. It's something I was glad to prove to myself I could do, but the other three were way more exciting for me. Making them up as I went always gave me a new puzzle to solve each day, rather than a checklist of things to get done. I also have done hundreds of short films, and beyond a select few, I typically lean towards improv acting and filmmaking for those as well. Forfeiting some control to the whim of reality excites me most in my work.

As far as writer's block goes I'm someone who has the compulsive need to create. I live a very comfortable life and that certainly allows me a lot of time to indulge in that compulsion, but at the same time that comfort can be my own undoing. I find when I am totally content with life, it is hardest to create, or create anything meaningful at least. Island emerged from a place of extreme emotional and personal discomfort. Not sure if this is good advice, but if you're comfortable in life seek discomfort and if you're uncomfortable in life channel it into something creative.

ThurmanatorOmega6 karma

hey two questions 1. have you seen the indie movie the gaurds themselves on youtube by doormonster? 2. what is your opinion on fire emblem three houses?

lmaocarrots7 karma

I have not! If it's worth checking out I'll definitely check it out sometime!

Never have played the Fire Emblem series, wish I could have an opinion for you!

suitcase885 karma

Did you ever think of working with Gilbert Gottfried on a film project?

lmaocarrots8 karma

Love the specificity of this question! Sure, if that opportunity came up I'd love to! Seems like a great guy!

Mahfuz6845 karma

Hey Joel! I Just watched your film a bit and i think i love the cinematography already! How much budget did you put in this movie? And what gears did you use? What programs did you use to do the sound and video editing?

Thanks for doing this AMA

lmaocarrots8 karma

I'm glad you're enjoying the cinematography!

The entire movie cost less than $500 to make.

I already owned all the gear for quite some time. I talked more in depth about the gear in this thread - https://bit.ly/2XLsvYW

I used Adobe Premiere for editing video and sound! I've been introduced to doing audio separately in something like ProTools and hate it to my core, I'd rather have a fun time editing than do it professionally!

If you finish watching I'd love to hear your thoughts!

scoyne155 karma

Buddy you about to watch me have some freaky sex, where do I send the videos?

lmaocarrots2 karma

If you make a freaky sex movie I'm in! But it better be good! My email is in the description of the promo video!

avocadont114 karma

What kind of camera/gear did you use to shoot this?

lmaocarrots6 karma

I used the og model of the Blackmagic Pocket that I got off of a friend and two cheapo lenses off Amazon that I owned. Super great camera for cinematic results without the bulk! Only problem is figuring out battery life because it's super finicky in that regard.

For sound I used this microphone which I've owned for years - https://amzn.to/2JCOOaK

And this lav microphone - https://amzn.to/2xXLkIY

Beyond that, nothing else really. The only light I used was a ten year old photo light my dad gave me and a projector.

AndySlamsNerds4 karma


lmaocarrots10 karma

As far as selling the rights go, I'm not entirely sure. I'm not terribly interested in selling the movie and at this point it didn't really cross my mind. I'm happy with it being available for free and retaining ownership! It's very personal and would feel dirty if someone else "owned" it. The only exception would be if a certain respected publisher wanted to put out a physical version (pssst @Criterion) but that's a pipe dream!

Glad I could be the one to finally do it!

ZulZah4 karma

Why are carrots funny?

lmaocarrots10 karma

Way back in RuneScape, I was lolbananas. Then I grew up a little, started using bad words and became lmaobananas on AIM. Then bananas were out and apples were in and I existed as lmaoapples for some time. Then finally carrots were here to stay.

r00t14 karma

Thanks for sharing the movie with us. I was very skeptical of the film, but it made me feel different than any movie I’ve seen. It felt raw, it felt real. I love the ending. I’m not sure how to spoiler tag on my phone but the ending left me with a yearning for stumbling into a weird, shy, new connection, and feeling those fireworks once again after spending so long on an island.

I have to ask a question. Which mainstream films or books have moved you?

lmaocarrots2 karma

I'm so glad the film was able to make you feel something new. That's the best thing I could possibly hear about my work.

One of my favorite movies ever is Synecdoche, New York. It's a wonderful film that allows itself to be so tragic that its language becomes tragedy. And through that saturation of tragedy, tragedy is not only is sad, but also strange and funny and as not scary as it is scary. For me it's a wonderful therapeutic film I always turn back to.

Not sure how lenient we are on the term "mainstream", but my favorite filmmaker ever is John Cassavetes and he made a film called Love Streams that made me cry for over an hour. Just a beautiful emotional outpouring between him and his wife.

opscouse4 karma

So when are you directing the Superman reboot?

lmaocarrots8 karma

In 2023 I am signed on to make Superman Returns Again. I'll be playing Superman and Lex Luthor and Lois Lane

TexasPhanka3 karma

Is it gonna be the one were you have sex with yourself?

lmaocarrots6 karma

Lex Luthor and Lois Lane cuck Superman in the climax

iyqyqrmore3 karma

Hey Joel, remember me? I’m just a guy who you may have passed one time. Remember? You were in that island movie.

lmaocarrots4 karma

Bro! You were mad chill! Whaddup dude?

brettmurf3 karma

I would like to know if this is something you can show your family(specifically yours), and expect them to watch?

Will your parents, for example, ever watch this all the way through? Would you want them to?

lmaocarrots3 karma

I am very fortunate for the fact that not only do I have incredibly supportive parents, but they actually love my work!

My mom cried watching Island with me!

And my dad is a very strange man who appears in many of my films! Here is a fun film he and I made this week - https://youtu.be/DAUk9XjidMc

It was definitely a very steady climb from making goofy videos as a kid to making hyper personal full length movies, but I'm not hesitant to show them anything I make!

turnburn7202 karma

How was craft services on set?

lmaocarrots3 karma

Wonderful, all I ate was ramen, grapes and junior mints.

MansonsRib2 karma

The choreographed fight scene looked like a blast! Did you know them personally?

lmaocarrots2 karma

If you're referring to the Russians, I met them that day and that's just something they did together, haha!

cdk_aegir2 karma

I notice other names on the poster. What's wrong, you couldn't write your own blurbs too? Seems like you skimped at the last minute.

lmaocarrots2 karma

shit. how the hell did those get there?

SongbirdSunshine2 karma

My friends and I are releasing season 2 of a web series called Bored As Hell, about Satan coming up to Earth and starting a radio station! The trailer is below!


Congratulations on your film! I will watch it!

lmaocarrots3 karma

The costume design and practical effects work look phenomenal! Great job! I'll check it out!

Great! Hope you enjoy!

karpuzcu3212 karma

Hi Joel! Firstly i am very proud for i can write a message to someone who made a film alone. Me and my 3 brothers to interested in filmaking and we are making a 90 minutes film for theatres. I get motivated when i see someone make film alone :). We isnt finished film yet but i was made a short movie very amateur because i am very new in filmmaking. Here is the link (English subtitles): https://youtu.be/m78ISISuaOM

And what is your favorite short movie?

Btw English isn't my first language, sorry if i made mistekes :)

lmaocarrots2 karma

Hey man!

Keep making movies! When you finish the 90 minute one, send it to me and I'll check it out! Don't be too ambitious about theaters, make a movie for yourselves, enjoy the process and figure it out from there! Don't put too much pressure on the movie and don't get upset if it doesn't go to theaters. Releasing on the internet is just as viable as theaters and I personally like it much better.

As far as short films go, it'd be tough to say! I really like the stuff my friends make, it's always exciting to see something by someone you know!

ultitaria2 karma

Why are people still setting off fireworks at 12 AM on a weeknight in my neighborhood ? July 4th was weeks ago.

lmaocarrots2 karma

Maybe their calendar in broken? That would be my assumption. Don't be so quick to assume everyone has a working calendar.

xSGxSamurai2 karma

As a fellow Joel if there is anything I can help with like quotes for movie covers or anything holla! Haha

But favorite food?

lmaocarrots2 karma

Change your last name to Haver, then we can do that thing they'd do on Zach and Cody where they switch places because they're twins and mess with people.

Gotta pay respect to my tried and true pasta. Making myself a hefty helping of sauce and just having a week of pasta every week will kill me, but it's too good.

cuppachar2 karma

How has declaring to the internet "If you make a movie, I will watch it!" worked out for you? Do you think therapy will be enough, or is gouging out your own eyes the way to go?

lmaocarrots3 karma

Surprisingly well! Before this thread, very few people shared with me their stuff. With this thread blowing up, I expected to receive more troll content, but I really haven't! Just people sending me stuff they're proud of and I love that!

that_one_guy_with_th2 karma

Not sure where to send it, here's one my friend made as a passion project over about 5 years, Canadian Ninja!

I ended up doing sound design and score for it in far too short a time when it was all done.


lmaocarrots2 karma

Looks amazing! I'll definitely give it a watch sometime!

Keep making stuff! Never give up, you can have any number of passion projects!

ProbablyCuttinTurds2 karma

Would you watch that 10 hour movie of nothingness people made to piss of critics? It was something along those lines haha. Also congrats on the movie.

lmaocarrots2 karma

Don't know why someone would punish me like that! But if it's good nothingness, I'd give it a shot, and if anything I'd be honored someone created a film specifically intended to fuck with me, haha

renernavilez1 karma

What do you go through to choose your actors?

lmaocarrots3 karma

When I have actors, I'm the least picky casting director in the world. I've never done an audition in my life and it hasn't failed me yet! I've met many frequent collaborators and good friends through picking them on a whim. I usually use the website BackStage to cast.

I also love working with non-actors, or rather people who never acted before. For my film 31 Days in Marshall, North Carolina my friend and I went to a small town we'd never been to, lived in a broken trailer for a month and made a movie with the locals and they did an amazing job. (https://vimeo.com/286186006) I think anyone can act if you make the set a fun time and cast them to their strengths.

renernavilez2 karma

That's awesome. I've always thought of acting. I mean where I'm at it isn't dead but yeah it's not the best.

lmaocarrots1 karma

I say go for it! My advice is to make your own stuff instead of waiting to be cast. Do some goofy stuff on YouTube or something, hone your skills and get your name out there!

CPower20121 karma

What is the minimum length for something to be feature length? I don't really think of something that's barely over an hour as feature length.

lmaocarrots3 karma

Not to give too much credit to the Academy, but a film has to be over 40 minutes to qualify for Best Picture at the Oscars, so that's kind of the established standard! But it's really quite arbitrary, it's just a term!

brosephashe1 karma

Did you share your cuts for feedback?

lmaocarrots3 karma

I shared a rough cut with my friends and they gave me one piece of critical feedback that changed the film! At this point I have made enough stuff and this film was personal enough that I trusted myself to make most judgement calls otherwise! I've gotten good at being objective and critical of my own edits!

jellyman981 karma

As a college senior about to make his first thesis. Any helpful insight on running a set?

Also as someone who wants to break into cinematography any life atips for after college?

lmaocarrots3 karma

My best advice is to have fun. Too many people make film making a chore and those are the people who never make anything post-college. If you dread an aspect of your film, ask if you really need it or if it can be altered. I've been on so many miserable sets and it's because there's too much gear, too many people, too much time wasted. Be light and efficient. A two person crew that feels they are essential will be far stronger than a ten person crew where everyone feels like an expendable grunt.

My cinematography career is entirely incidental, I prefer to shoot my own things so overtime as I've made a bunch of things I've just happened to shoot a bunch of stuff! In that regard, make a lot of your own stuff and have fun with it! You'll always have practice if you're making your own things, limiting your practice to jobs you're hired to do will bring your progress to a halt and potentially could kill your passion.

Rex_Digsdale1 karma

How long does my movie have to be?

lmaocarrots2 karma

I'll watch any movie feature length! So 40 minutes+!

Someone sent me this and I loved it - https://youtu.be/XuJVfZu4_LY

If you make something cool and expressive and personal I'll love watching it!

kitikitish1 karma

Care to share your favorite recipe?

lmaocarrots2 karma

My mom taught me this. Put a handful of chocolate chips in a microwave safe cup. Microwave them for about 45 seconds, until they're melty. Add in a scoop of peanut butter and stir. And you've got a chocolate peanut butter sauce that's delicious to eat right out of the cup. One of my great guilty pleasures.

reelaxphoto1 karma

Congrats man!

Fellow filmmaker here just got into my 2nd festival and I'm curious what to do next? What's the best way to approach people for funds these days? Everything I've ever made has been self funded and I'm going broke haha.

Here's my silly movie! Would love for you to check it out!

I give you Rumpleforeskin! https://vimeo.com/298275269

lmaocarrots2 karma

Congrats on the festival!

Beyond one Kickstarter, I've never raised funds for my movies so I'm pretty clueless on that front. All my stuff is self funded too but to keep that manageable I just don't spend money, haha. Island is my most expensive feature to date and it cost less than $500.

Rumpleforeskin is certainly an enticing title, haha! I'll check it out soon!

PhilEshaDeLox1 karma

Are you the same guy who made “The Room”?

lmaocarrots1 karma

Essentially, just less attractive and less belts

Tallest_Waldo1 karma

Very interesting film, Joel, I enjoyed it! I'm curious, (film spoilers) did everyone who appeared (and was recognizably in focus) in the film eventually provide consent for their footage? Parts of it made me feel a bit uncomfortable, as they were clearly unaware they were being filmed, and when some asked, you lied and told them you weren't recording. Technical question, there were parts that seemed to have audio corruption. Was this intentional, or accidental, and why did you choose to keep those takes if it was accidental? Also,did you and the girl stay in touch? :)

lmaocarrots2 karma

Thank you for checking it out, glad you enjoyed! And thank you for using spoiler text!

As far as permission goes, the discomfort you felt is an intentional part of the experience, while watching and after. I think loneliness is confusing and messy and realizing how we use people is crucial at conveying that, that's how I felt once finishing the film and looking back at it. For that reason, I wanna leave it ambiguous, which is a lame copout, but I think the film will be stronger for it. I hope you understand! The audio corruption was an intentional choice to keep in!

Tallest_Waldo2 karma

Fair enough! It was quite a journey, and having been through some very lonely and strangely emotional times myself, I can relate to much of what the film is magnifying. Thanks for the reply.

lmaocarrots3 karma

I'm very glad the film could resonate in such a way! The best part about loneliness is we're all in it together, haha! Wish you the best!

Jao_R0 karma

Are you the sole actor? If not, then how can you make it entirely alone? Having even just one actor (not you) would make your claim false.

lmaocarrots2 karma

Did you watch the full film? That question is intentionally raised! You might not get an answer from the film, but you'll get more questions!

GandalfTheWhey0 karma

Did all of the people you spoke to during the film know you were filming? I was pretty amazed that so many people were so open to speak to a stranger.

Follow up question: Was this filmed entirely in Key West?

Edit: Except for the Disney World parts ( I hadn't finished the movie when I asked my initial questions!)

lmaocarrots2 karma


It's an obnoxious answer, but I think that's a question that exists better as a mystery!

The second part was filmed throughout Florida, a bit in Key West, the first part was filmed on a set I built in my apartment in NY. During the Florida portion I was sleeping in my car for three weeks, traveling and filming!