Listless millenials muse over unrequited love on their way to self discovery in this character driven suburban neorealist story.
Directors: Mark Loriot Mazzeo
Writers: Mark Loriot Mazzeo
Producers: Dean Tatulli, Mark Loriot Mazzeo
Key cast: Virginia Lawler, Mike Williams, Tim Grüssenmeyer, Kristen Doscher, Rebecca DeMarco, Hillary Pusak, Ian Golden
Director: Mark Loriot Mazzeo
Something Better Comes Along is a film made out of love.
No one involved in this production was paid for their participation, and it was completely self financed by myself and the film's DP Dean Tatulli. Most of the crew had little professional experience. We were all there because we love filmmaking. We wanted to live the dream.
For me this started when in the midst of a creative and personal low point, I decided that I would try to write everyday for at least ten minutes. Within two weeks I was working on the screenplay for this film. Two months and several drafts later the script was complete.
Dean and I had made two shorts together in the preceding two years, and had recently given up on a sci-fi short that would have been beyond our means. We didn't have any idea how to go about making a feature length film. This would be the first for us. But we knew we had to do it. We had to give it a shot. We began preproduction knowing this was going to be hard. But we had no idea how hard it would be.
After franticly filling out our main cast through a combination of aspiring actors found online and our friends who had acted in some of our older short projects, we put together our crew who rotated in and out through out production. We filmed on almost every weekend between July and October of 2014. With our crew inexperienced, Dean and I each were doing several different jobs at once. Between shoots, Dean and I worked everyday to get ready for the next weekend all while working our day jobs. Midway though production, I even injured my back in a car accident, limiting what I could do physically. But we kept going and got through it.
So when I say this is a film made out of love, I mean that. Of love for the art. Of love for the dream. Of love for each other. We came together, we had fun, and we made something that I think we can all be proud of. That we can all be proud to have been a part of. I know that I'm proud of it. It's been a life long dream of mine to make a feature film. And now at 26 years old, I've done it. And I owe all of that to the wonderful cast and crew that did this not for money, but because they were my friend or to pursue a dream, or both.
Something Better Come Along was born from kids who refused to grow up, who wouldn't stop chasing their dreams. And it's a story that I hope and believe people will be able to relate to. I can only hope that the love that was put into it will be impressed upon audiences.
student project: No
completion date: 2015-06-10
shooting format: Digital
aspect ratio: 16:9
film color: Color
first-time filmmaker: Yes