Ever wonder “How in the hell did they do that despite being on an obviously limited budget?”
Think, for example, of the Cowboy Junkies’ essential The Trinity Session, recorded for a mere $900 in a Toronto church. The lo-fi wonder rode a sublime cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” to platinum status in both Canada and America.
Consider the paintings of Keith Boadwee, who in the mid-’90s evidently figured if Jackson Pollack could make paintings as shitty as a second-grader, he might as well make shit paintings. Literally. Rather than slave over a canvas with a brush for months on end, the American artist stumbled on the idea of voiding his bowels onto blank white canvas, first forcing Crayola-coloured paint into his rectum, and then letting fly. You can get a taste of his work here.
And recall, if you dare, Sam Raimi’s original The Evil Dead, which remains arguably the most PTSD-inducing horror film ever foisted on the general public. That thing was made for somewhere around $400,000, but what's even more impressive is the way that it still holds up today. Admit it—you can’t hear “You will die! One by one!!!” without pissing your pants, running to the basement, and firing up the chainsaw.
In the video for Sam Tudor’s elegantly introspective “New Apartment”, director Lucas Hrubizna does a lot with little more than countless hours in front of a computer. The filmmaker (who also collaborated with the singer-songwriter on the captivating “Truthful” last year) explains the video like this on his Instagram page: “Really excited to finally release this piece into the wild. We shot the video in an afternoon and then I spent months huddled over my 2009 iMac working on the visual effects.”
Right from the point where the extension cords, flip phones, and, um, disembodied heads start spinning, it’s obvious where the time went. “New Apartment” plays out like some fever-dream drawn up by Storm Thorgerson, Salvador Dalí, and the guy responsible for the haunted bedroom scene in Poltergeist.
The best thing about it? That’s when things flip to what looks like the Upside Down in Stranger Things—except with prescription-pill bottles floating through the air instead of what looks like shredded Kleenex. Well, that, and it will leaving you wondering how in the hell the team of Tudor and Hrubizna pulled off this despite being on an obviously limited budget—which is to say no budget at all.