It took some time, and I’m not sure yet if I’ve managed, but I had to halve the budget of my film ‘Silent City’. Last weeks I’ve removed or changed all the expensive actions and scenes, without undermining the story.
For example the constant rain, made by expensive rain machines, to create the moody city atmosphere, is changed into night scene and the huge mass scenes with hundreds of extra’s I took out and changed into simpler scenes without loosing the content. Now it’s again up to the producers to do all the calculations. Although I would have never thought, it was great to do. It felt as if I was digging deep in the core of the film and found several forgotten diamonds.