If you want any more proof as to what a dollar can do in the filming industry these days, look no further. With the belching bloat of some studio productions that spend $2 million on bagels (the good kind), it seems almost paradoxical, but on the other side of the fence is the lowering cost of making a short film of your very own. So that’s what you do – especially if you’re Aaron Schoenke, and you want to make a calling card with one of the most famous bat-obsessed super heroes.

For only $27,000 you too might be able to make a shiny fan film.

Check out City of Scars and see for yourself:

The writing is par for the course, the acting is really stiff (except for when it’s super cartoony), but the thing looks fantastic. Some definite film school tricks, but for the most part, it’s got an interesting slant to it, and the production design is really allowed to shine out in the shadows. Not to mention the make-up effects (especially on some of the Smiling Deaths). Overall, it’s clearly an amateur attempt, but the look belies the sense of a professional.

Some quick random thoughts:

  • Batman looks like the guy from “J.A.G.” after a few months of doping.
  • The girl who plays Harley Quinn has a Judy Greer vibe, and I kept waiting for her to lift up her shirt and say, “You’ll never see these again, Batman!”
  • Why would anyone think Scarface would be a good character to toss in a film?
  • That being said…not bad.
  • Hopefully no one confuses this with City of SARS.

What do you think? What will you be raising $27,000 to make?

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