Woodbury natives to make celluloid splash at L.A. Film Fest
Woodbury natives Adam Schindler and Brian Netto were in sixth grade when they picked up their first camera.
"We were bored, so we picked it up on a whim," Schindler said. "It's been 100 mph since that day - it was intoxicating."
The first movie the duo ever worked on was a retelling of the horror film "Child's Play," where they used a Cabbage Patch doll for the possessed doll of Chucky.
"Our storytelling got a little more elaborate after that," Schindler said.
Schindler and Netto, both 1996 Woodbury High School graduates, have moved far beyond their handheld camera days now that their first full-length feature film, "Delivery," has been chosen to be included in the L.A. Film Fest this June.
"We're in great company," Schindler said. "We're just excited to watch the film with an audience.
"We're film fans, so we made the film for people to enjoy."
"Delivery," which was co-written by Schindler and Netto, will be featured in the "Beyond" category, which features films "that dare to be different," according to the festival website.
"Delivery" tells the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy, a young couple who agree to document their first pregnancy for a family-oriented reality show. The production spirals out of control after the cameras capture a series of unexplained events, leading Rachel to believe that a malevolent spirit has possessed their unborn child.
"I think people are going to enjoy seeing our spin on a reality show gone wrong," said Netto, who directed the film.
The film is told through the show's abandoned and un-aired reality footage, as well as testimonials from friends, family and crew members, providing a first-hand account of the Massys' tragic story.
"The idea just came about," said Schindler, who produced the film. "As soon as we said it out loud, we were moving forward with it."
There was no turning back for Schindler and Netto, who have been friends since elementary school, since the day they picked up their first camera.
"Filmmaking is like putting together a puzzle," Netto said. "It's just fun to piece it together.
"It grew beyond just fun though, it became a way to actually make a living."
Schindler and Netto are typically drawn to the horror or action genres.
"I like anything that can evoke a physical reaction," Netto said. "A good horror film is like a roller coaster - if you get a good scare in there it gets your adrenaline going."
Schindler and Netto decided to pick up and move to Los Angeles in 2002, after both of them had graduated from college.
"We decided to just throw caution to the wind and drive on over," Schindler said. "We wanted to see if we could do this crazy thing called making movies."
"If you want to take that next step, you have to go somewhere where there's more resources," Netto said.
Since Schindler and Netto moved to Los Angeles they have worked their way through the filmmaking business by taking various jobs, but along the way they have made a number of great connections to help them realize their filmmaking dreams.
It was about five years ago that the men started screenwriting together because they wanted to try and make their first feature film.
"The best filmmakers pave their own way," Schindler said. "We wanted to be filmmakers, not screenwriters. But we set out to write something we could do ourselves."
In 2009, Schindler and Netto started writing the script for "Delivery."
Even though, Schindler and Netto had always intended on making "Delivery" themselves, they initially looked to others for financial support.
"We were going to do it ourselves, but we were hoping we could find funding to pay for it," Schindler said. "We wanted to put it on someone else's bills."
After having meetings with several financiers, Schindler and Netto were still without a backer.
"(The film) was sitting on the shelf waiting to see the light of day," Netto said.
As fate would have it, around the same time Schindler and Netto were looking for financial support, a new film called "Paranormal Activity" was receiving a lot of press.
Since "Paranormal Activity" was self-produced on a small budget, Netto and Schindler decided to set up a meeting with its filmmaker, Oren Peli.
At the suggestion and advice of Peli, Schindler and Netto went on to do "Delivery" entirely themselves and funded the film out of their own pocketbooks.
"We didn't have anybody alongside us to act as the godfather to the project," Netto said. "We were it."
In addition to writing, producing and directing the movie, the duo also cast it. Schindler and Netto were also responsible for filming it and editing it with a small crew.
Principal photography started on "Delivery" in March 2011 and wrapped this past February.
Schindler and Netto said they are very excited about premiering "Delivery" at the L.A. Film Fest and are eager to see what doors open to them.
"We'll use this as a stepping stone," Netto said. "Hopefully everything after this is gravy.
"Of course, anyone who makes films has dreamt about that moment of winning an Academy Award."
More information on "Delivery" can be found at http://www.delivery-movie.com.