I couldn’t sleep.
It was the middle of the night so I got on the web. CNN.com was too depressing – full of stories of death and mutilation – so I started surfing, eventually winding up on eBay. Another flash of inspiration hit me. In the script there’s a scene where all of Moe’s acting pals are armed with video cameras. When we eventually shoot this scene I’m going to need maybe 20 or 30 video cameras of various ages – I’m going to be on a budget and I’ll need cheap ones – doesn’t matter if they don’t work. Within minutes I’d bid on 10 cameras – all costing less than 2 bucks a piece.
“I’m a frigging genius,” I thought, “Ten cameras for less than $15!”.
Now I’ll confess that this was the first time I’d ever actually bid for anything on eBay – call me old school but I’d always given the place a wide birth. Suddenly I felt I could dress the entire movie on the cheap through the web. This was going to be a cakewalk. That’s when I saw that small print about the shipping costs. These lo-cost cams all came with battery packs and chargers and those suckers are heavy. Most people were estimating around $20 for shipping. Help! My bargain basement approach to propping the movie had just leapt by over 1,000%.
First lesson of home-financed movies learned. Have patience. Read the small print. Humbled and dispirited I did what any grown man would do at four in the morning while dressed in his PJs and surfing on the web.
I bought a guitar.
POSTSCRIPT. It seems I was outbid on nearly all of the cameras. I did however get a winning bid in on one camera for less than $9 including postage. It should arrive any day now.