exodus When I was in school, I remember working on shorts with people and they would be painfully slow. Someone would be messing around trying to get the lighting and props in their shitty apartment just perfect for like 7 hours while we stood around waiting. I was like “let’s just use the settings we already have and natural lighting and do stuff this way!” And a lot of folks were like “Oh, you mean like Dogma 95.” And I looked at Dogma, and I said “No, not like that”
I had not heard of the term mumblecore before, but it does make sense to me. I think what I had in mind was more like.. hey let’s head out to this beautiful city park on an overcast day and insert or write our dialog around that. A way to elevate and ground our shots despite our lack of any budget. I don’t think it’d be my preferred choice but it’s a more accessible one.
Another example which is probably not mumblecore but something I did was I knew about this awesome railroad tunnel that had been converted into a bike path and the tunnel was so long and curved that you were in total darkness when you went through. I thought this was such a dope setting I wrote it into a bad movie I made.