Designed for quick profitability, 'Waiting for the Bus' quickly recoups initial funding

Filmmakers now seeking traditional distribution: Fast, cheap and still entertaining because of the talent involved.
STUDIO CITY, Calif. - Dec. 23, 2022 - PRLog -- In the atmospheric mystery-comedy that is "Waiting for the Bus," Ethan F. Allen plays a regular guy having to be situated in one spot for longer than he'd like, which represents being a regular situation for any of us. His character, Max, doesn't necessarily want to be there, but he has to be there. He finds himself abruptly confronted by Melody (Lisa Laureta) with her two dogs, and her post-modern behaviors battling his old-school mentalities. Then he meets Mac (Alex Pierce-Ling) with his anti-government, Bigfoot-is-real manic propaganda. There's quite a few everyday people that show up, so there's a lot of conflict, but also some agreements. This film tells those humble campfire stories happening in the late evenings. These types of movies have evolved to become niche instead of broad strokes of the brush - as director Dena Derakhshan breaks down each of the characters into little hints of what the story is moving along towards. Though each person that shows up is wildly different from each other, they are all connected by the same way of being residents of a big, creative city.

The scenery is all in one space, but that forces us to watch the characters. This is the director's second film to direct, and by the end of the film it's an acknowledgement that he's on a path himself. But which path? This film, along with previous works have been relatively small projects for such a director who highlights action or thriller scenes in a handful of shots shown. The film, while fascinatingly flawed, is undeniably exciting to watch.

In today's world with everyone having a 4K phone camera that make things look cinematic, our audiences aren't ignorant as they were decades ago with filmmaking. The way to capture their spirit and dollars is by immersing them with characters that are interesting and realistic, with just a burst of over-the-top. Today's audiences crave and desire to be like those same characters.

The screenwriter, Deborah Huerta, has a way to show by hinting, having the characters talking about their own immediate needs while influencing what their true agendas are. Huerta brings in random quips that make you double-take while watching. This makes the film have an air of mystery that keeps eyes glued.

"Waiting for the Bus" was filmed with a minimal cast and crew. The rocky camera work shows this, but it also feels as though it was meant to be Cinéma vérité. The filmmakers want us to feel good watching movies. This is the beginning of a new type of filmmaking and storytelling.

Matt Evans
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