50K Films’ The Reign Will Shoot Revolutionary Project on GoPro Hero4 Cameras
Will Goldstein and Alberto Marenco’s production company subsidiary is gearing up to shoot
thriller that touches on education reform and police brutality entirely with GoPro Hero4 Cameras
April 6, 2016 – It all started at the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) School of
Cinematic Arts. When Will Goldstein and Alberto Marenco (known to his friends as Al) found
themselves in Todd Robinson’s 507 Intro to Production class, they realized they had similar
interests and approaches. They were both children of teachers/civil servants, both were
concerned about the state education and social justice in their respective countries (Al is from
Colombia, Will is from Arizona). Both filmmakers wanted to shoot artistically and quickly, making
projects as inexpensively as possible. Thus, a fast friendship and enduring collaboration was
born. While still at USC, they launched Taken Films in order to make their first feature film,
Piloto, shot on location in Al’s home city of Cartagena, Colombia in lieu of making a traditional
thesis short film. Despite lacking name American talent, the project was recently picked up by a
Always inspired to make projects innovatively and inexpensively with a focus on actors’
performance, Goldstein and Marenco’s established subsidiary company 50K Films to launch
their next project, entitled The Reign. The film is about an unorthodox sociology teacher who is
fired unjustly and manipulates his students into staging a protest in his defense. The project will
be shot entirely on GoPro Hero4 cameras which will be hidden in the set. This will enable the
film to be shot in a shorter period of time, and will allow Goldstein and Marenco to draw
excellent performances from actors who won’t be encumbered by an oversized camera, lights,
boom microphones, or large crew. The feature will also be the first to be edited on the
TouchEdit app for the iPad.
While writing the script, Marenco and Goldstein channeled their frustration with the state of
secondary education and concern over issues including the Black Lives Matter movement.
Goldstein was also inspired by his mom and sister. “There had to be strong women in this film.
That was imperative,” says Goldstein. Goldstein and Marenco like to describe the film as “Dead
Poet’s Society meets Nightcrawler."
The idea for the innovative way in which to shoot The Reign came as Marenco was standing in
a Radio Shack looking at a GoPro display. He called Goldstein and said, “What if we hid these
cameras in the sets and shot the movie that way?” Goldstein liked the idea. Goldstein and
Marenco have fully embraced new technology as a solution to the challenges of low budget,
indie filmmaking. In addition to being shot entirely on GoPro’s, the film will be the first to be
edited on TouchEdit app for the iPad created by Dan Lebental (Iron Man, Elf). The filmmakers’
Kickstarter campaign launched late last month. Funds from the campaign will be leveraged to
gain additional support from private investors and corporate sponsorship.
Says Goldstein, “We’re interested in technology and film, so we are excited to repurpose
GoPros. Action sports are great but there’s a lot more you can do with these cameras.”
About Will Goldstein:
William Goldstein is a Los Angeles based writer, director and producer who hails from the
tranquil, suburbia of Scottsdale, Arizona. He completed his BFA in Film Production at the
University of Arizona. He has produced and directed anthropological documentaries dealing
with race, ethnicity and the American Dream. His films have played at over 20 film festivals
Rebecca Louisell, Producer
Rebecca Louisell is a producer, director and writer working in independent narrative,
documentary and new media. She holds an MFA in Film Production from the University of
Southern California and a BA in Art from Carleton College.